Beginners Cyanotype Workshop: Simply Blue

Discover the magical cyanotype process

4 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 6 to 15

label $170 (Afterpay available)
Join floral artist Lisa Shepherd in an introduction to the historic alternative photographic process of Cyanotype printing which is a form of cameraless photography.
Discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel the process explores the use of sunlight and shadows which are cast on treated light-sensitised paper which results in beautiful Prussian blue and white images. The first photographic book was actually made by botanist Anna Atkins during the Victorian era when she documented British algae and ferns using the cyanotype process.
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 blue and white 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. 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.
If you enjoy photography and 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!

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 4 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.
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 and sunscreen.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a date idea or hens party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 8 years old).

Adult accompaniment is not required.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum or gift for couples.


Dundas, NSW

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Your teacher
Lisa Shepherd

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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