A Practical Introduction to Cyanotype Print Making

Tutor: Kirstie Williams

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.


Typically for a max of 7 people.

Full Day

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Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. It is literally a “dark blue impression”. Cyanotype images are made using light-sensitive chemicals to produce the permanent ‘blue print’. Join Kirstie for this fascinating workshop and learn the entire cyanotype process, from preparing chemicals to making photograms using a range of different found objects and natural forms.
You’ll explore using sunlight (weather permitting!) and a UV lightbox to produce a range of prints onto paper and textile samples.

After demonstrations of the process, spend the day experimenting and refining your photograms. By the end of the day you will have a good understanding of the process and a wonderful collection cyan-blue prints to take home and use in other projects such as card making, textile art or collage. Kirstie will provide all the information you’ll need on where to purchase the chemicals so you can carry on this very accessible process at home.

Please note there is a £5 materials charge payable on the day to cover the chemicals, paper, fabrics and a range of found materials and objects to use.
If you have any objects you would like to try and make images with, do bring them along!

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Any objects you wish to make a cameraless photograph from!
This may include:
• Old negatives / glass plate negatives
• Heirloom clothing (e.g. lace gloves)
• Feathers
• Leaves
• Flowers
… and so on!
A wide selection of objects will be provided, so this is not essential for participants. You can turn up with nothing and it will be completely fine!

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