Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue

Discover the magical cyanotype process

4 hours Class size 1 to 9

label $175 (or 4 payments of $43.75 Afterpay)

Join floral artist Lisa Shepherd in an introduction to the historic alternative photographic process of Cyanotype printing which is a form of cameraless photography.

After a quick introduction to the history of cyanotypes and how they are created, you will be shown how to safely mix and coat paper and then expose your design to ultraviolet light to produce beautiful Prussian blue coloured art. You will be guided in design composition and shown how to create visually pleasing artwork step-by-step.

You will learn all aspects of the process including making photograms from pressed flowers and plant cuttings as well as using feathers, lace, doilies, stencils and digital negatives. Be thrilled when you expose your image to reveal beautiful images, it never fails to delight.

We will discuss pressing your own flowers at home and how to preserve them for future work. You are encouraged to bring along your favourite flowers to print with or something special from your garden. Delicate flowers and leaves are best to print with.

Fresh flowers can be used but they should not be too thick and bulky as they need to go under glass; this is when pressed give better results. You will get to print three pieces on paper and create an artwork on fabric. You will also be introduced to the wet cyanotype process with the view to learning more in the advanced class.

If you enjoy photography, working with flowers and plant material this four-hour workshop is a perfect opportunity for you to learn this beautiful process in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Morning tea will be provided but please bring your own lunch and inform me of any specific dietary requirements.

Bring your creativity and a warm smile as you discover this magical process!

Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
  • Three prints on paper and one print on fabric to take home.
  • Morning tea.
  • Comprehensive notes to take home.
What to bring
  • An apron or old shirt, objects to print with and a notebook.
  • There will be lots of items available to use during the class but if you have any specific flowers or objects that you would like to use for printing please feel free to bring them with you.
  • Please bring your own lunch. Morning tea will be provided along with tea/coffee and cold drinks.
  • Please bring a hat, though a gazebo will be set up in the garden to provide cover from the sun.

Lisa Shepherd is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

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All students are sent a Covid screening document prior to the workshop commencing. All materials are sanitised and the highest levels of cleanliness are maintained at all times. Hand sanitiser, wipes and disinfectant spray are readily available. Class numbers are capped at 7 and we work outside as much as possible.

Dundas, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher

Lisa Shepherd is a floral artist specialising in the historic cyanotype printing process. She has a passion for flowers which radiates through her work and she has been using botanicals as the main focus for her art for many years now.

She has spent the past 20 years working as a textile and surface designer and more recently as a successful Sydney artist. She has experience in a wide variety of mediums and has specialised in cyanotype printing for over 5 years now.

Lisa looks forward to sharing her skills and knowledge of printing techniques with you and help find your inner creativity or expand on existing skills.

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Keira Bower May 2022

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Beautiful venue, great range of materials and resources to use and a lot of fun! Highly recommend this workshop, such a magical process and lovely instructor. Thanks Lisa :)

Anita Rowles May 2022

I did this workshop with my mum and it was SO good. Perfect mothers day present for her - it was fun and we were super impressed with how our pieces came out. The teacher was very friendly and helpful, and knew alot about this art technique. Would definitely do it again! A+++

Berna Berti May 2022

A great class with a lovely teacher. We made some beautiful artworks and Lisa provided all the information we need to get started with cyanotypes at home. Highly recommend!

Christine Woulfe May 2022

Oh my goodness just had the most pleasant daylearning Cyanotype for beginners with Lisa Shepherd Floral artist
I have admired Lisa's work for many years.
As a teacher she was fantastic happy friendly explained the processes so wellhighly recommend

Vivian Bayl Nov 2021

Lisa had set up the venue beautifully and had lots of materials for us to experiment with for our cyanotypes. There was a big range of dried leaves as well as stencils and cutouts. She explained the techniques for preparing the paper and developing the images using sunlight well and we had plenty of time to create our images and work with and fine tune the process. She was also able to give us ideas to expand what we had learned and details of materials we would need to continue at home.

Tess Cox Nov 2021

Lisa was an excellent teacher. Everything was set up so nicely. She explained the process well and we got to go home with several completed prints. A very fun course anyone can do!

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Leanne Vellacott Jun 2021

I loved the venue was a delightful cottage. Lisa was a great teacher giving us many examples of her artwork. Plenty of dried flowers to work with. After noon tea was wonderful.

Joanne Neville May 2021

Such an amazing venue to learn the historic art of CYANOTYPE. Lisa us a wonderful teacher taking the students through the process step by step. She is an awesome host.

Such a beautiful technique to learn.

Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue review by Joanne Neville

Lydie Leforestier May 2021

Great workshop. Lisa explain very well and she provides lots of things to help in the creative process. I loved it.

Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue review by Lydie Leforestier

Julie Parkin May 2021

Excellent venue and facilities
Teacher very supportive organised and friendly
Good value for money
A very good introduction to the subject

Kay Veitch Apr 2021

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Absolutely great! Really lovely venue, everything wonderfully organised and prepared for us - nice small class size. Lisa was lovely and explained everything really well, leaving us with great class notes so we can replicate the making of cyanoptype printing at home. A very enjoyable day - recommended with thanks.

Lisa Saunders Mar 2021

What a great workshop! Lisa was welcoming and made the group feel comfortable straight away. She explained the cyanotype process clearly and was very generous with sharing her knowledge. The venue was perfect for this course and the group size was also good - we all were able to have our questions answered. And the morning tea was delicious!
I left the course inspired to try some cyanotype printing and feel I have enough skills to give it a go at home.

Maria Priestley Mar 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Lisa is great.
Very generous with her time and knowledge.
Plenty of material to work with - we made 4 pieces.
The venue was ideal with plenty of room to work.
Great for beginners.
I am inspired to continue experimenting.

Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue review by Maria Priestley Sydney

Elizabeth Levick Mar 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lisa was fantastic. Generous with her knowledge and really took care to make sure we had time to learn a few techniques. She was very warm and friendly and did a great job making the whole group feel comfortable.

The course is perfect for beginners and you leave with some beautiful prints that make you feel like a true artist.

The venue was beautiful and very comfortable.

We will definitely be trying to replicate this on our own.

Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue review by Elizabeth Levick

Bec McCarthy Mar 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Lisa is incredible! We had an Amazing day. So much fun and fabulous art work to take home too.

Textiles workshop review by Bec McCarthy

Sophie Leaver Dec 2020

The workshop was great. The venue was lovely and there were lots of special finishing touches like candles and morning tea. Lisa was a great teacher. She was very welcoming, and covered a lot of material. Her artwork is beautiful and her explanations were clear and easy to follow. I would recommend this course for anyone wanting the learn cyanotype but also for anyone just wanting a creative and relaxing day.

Jeanne Fourie Dec 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Informative and fun! Lisa was brilliant and I brought four lovely pieces of art home. Highly recommended

Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue review by Jeanne Fourie

Irene Filipoppoulos Dec 2020

Great atmosphere!
Lots of beautiful materials to work with.
Lisa is a relaxed and inspiring teacher- a pleasure to learn from.
Class felt effortless but productive.
Amazing morning tea:))
Would definitely attend again.

Patricia Baker Dec 2020

Lisa is a natural teacher and it was an extremely informative and fun day. We had a lovely group of people, we all produced artwork to be proud of and morning tea was an added bonus. Thanks!

Susan Allaby Sep 2020

Lisa’s workshop was one of the best I have attended. It was completely hands-on and we completed 5 projects. I now feel perfectly comfortable that I can re-create my efforts at home.
If that were not enough, a morning tea of Lisa’s handmade goodies made for a really delightful day out.

Tania Nichols Sep 2020

A fabulous class. I highly recommend. The workshop was very well organised and god value for money.

Kelcie Bryant-Duguid Sep 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

A great workshop! I learned so much. Lisa was a generous and knowledgeable teacher. Thorough notes, a delicious morning tea, lots of inspiration and plenty to do and experiment with throughout the day. Everyone had success and went home with beautiful cyanotype prints. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop.

Gemelle Madigan Jul 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Presentation couldn't have been more thoughtful as well as beautiful. The table was set with a work station for everyone, plus wonderful notes.There was a great morning tea as a warm-up and get to know each other, followed by a visual slideshow. Then Lisa would show what we would do every step of the way and we would follow on. Everyone made artwork to take home, their own styles. Everyone was encouraged to try different techniques. Lisa is a great teacher, warm-hearted, generous and kind. She runs a great cyanotype workshop and I highly recommend anyone to her.

Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue review by Gemelle Madigan

Jacqui Coates Jun 2020

Lisa is a fabulous teacher. The atmosphere she created was so warm and cosy and visually appealing. She is very warm and attentive. The materials she supplied were tops. It was definitely value for money - loved learning about cyanotype and the process. I would highly recommend this workshop. Thanks Lisa

Caroline Verity Jun 2020

An 5 star day and a 5 star workshop. Lisa prepared everything with a great deal of thought and attention. She was warm and friendly, and generous with her knowledge and supplies. (And yummy things to have with a cuppa!). We were all thrilled with what we made and took home.

Textiles workshop review by Caroline Verity

Terese Grove Jun 2020

What a great course. Lisa is so lovely. Such an easy process to learn. Lisa had all the materials ready and she supplied a delicious morning tea. I would recommend this course. Small number in the class which was great and gave us all time to do the fun stuff.

Carol McFadden Jun 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

This class was excellent- most enjoyable and relaxed. The venue was lovely and the materials provided were just right. Lisa the teacher had time for everyone and I will be recommending this class to my friends.

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