Cyanotype Printing Workshop

Learn the Cyanotype process - Simply Blue

4.5 hours Class size 1 to 6     label $165 (or 4 payments of $41.25 via Afterpay)

Join floral artist Lisa Shepherd in an introduction to the historic alternative photographic process of Cyanotype printing or photography without a camera.

Lisa will commence the class with some background information about the history of cyanotypes and how and when they were used, she will then discuss the chemical process and how to prepare for printing. You will be shown how to safely mix and coat paper and then expose your design to sunlight to produce beautiful Prussian blue coloured artwork. You will be guided in design composition and how to create a visually pleasing artwork.

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 artwork, it never fails to delight.

We will discuss pressing your own flowers and how to preserve them for future work. You are encouraged to bring along your favourite flowers to print with.

You will also learn advanced techniques including how to 'tone' a cyanotype which will change the colour completely from blue to brown and grey shades and also experiment with making a 'wet cyanotype' which gives a more textured background; very different to the regular one colour way.

If you enjoy photography, working with flowers and historical processes, this four and a half hour course is a perfect opportunity for you to learn a new printing technique in a relaxed environment.

Delicious morning tea will be provided but bring your own lunch. All materials are included in this workshop, however, students are encouraged to bring along items from home to experiment with if they are able to.

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

Add-ons available for this class

Glass of Wine ($7)

Flower Press ($95)

Prepared Paper 5 Sheets of A5 ($25)

You can add these when you book (optional).
Knowledge Required
Perfect for beginners.
What you'll get
Three prints on paper and one print on fabric to take home. A delicious morning tea and glass of wine if requested in the 'add ons'.
What to bring
Stay safe. Please bring and use a mask.

An apron or old shirt objects to print and note book. 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. A delicious morning tea will be provided along with tea/coffee and cold drinks.
Suitable for

This class is a great indoor activity idea for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday, hens party, team building activity, corporate event, bucks party or Christmas party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


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.

Lisa Shepherd is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant state restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).

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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 5 and we work outside as much as possible.
Verified reviews

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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

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

Cyanotype Printing Workshop review by Jeanne Fourie Sydney

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.

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Kelcie Bryant-Duguid  •  Sep 2020

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.

Cyanotype Printing Workshop 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

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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