Cyanotype is a curious photographic technique where a light sensitive solution is applied to paper or fabric to produce intriguing blue and white designs. The name cyanotype was derived from the Greek name , meaning “dark-blue impression” and this technique was used by photographers at the end of the last century for proofing negatives. Learn how to use this extremely creative and beautifully simple photographic process and come away with your own set of original handmade prints at the end of the session. With plenty of time to experiment in a fun and relaxed environment, Jenny will demonstrate each stage and be on hand throughout the workshop to offer support and advice.
You begin by selecting a range of feathers, leaves, stencils to create your artwork and you can wander through the beautiful Waunifor gardens and collect your own natural items to experiment with. Arrange your objects such as flowers, foliage or negatives on top of cyanotype paper which prevents the light reaching the surface beneath. The prepared surface is then exposed to the sun or other form of ultra-violet light. Once exposed, the print is washed in plain water and the white image is revealed on a blue background. Using a coloured background can give different colours. The workshop will use pre-prepared surfaces and provide an opportunity to create images to make card or bookmarks. Suitable for any ages and no previous skill is needed.