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Sun 24th March 2024, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pat Martin

Introduction to Cyanotype sun-printing with Pat Martin


Cyanotypes are one of the oldest photographic printing processes in the history of photography. A cyanotype is effectively a blueprint – just like that used by architects for building plans.

The distinctive feature of the cyanotype print is its shade of cyan blue (Prussian Blue), which results from exposure of a specific mix of chemicals to ultraviolet light.

In this course you will learn how to make cyanotype sun-prints from photo negatives and positives, plant material and a host of other 3-dimensional objects.

You will learn how to create interesting and artistic images and marks (on paper that can absorb the light-sensitive chemical solution) and come away with several finished prints of your own making.

A good link to read about cyanotype prints is:

Dates:  Sunday 24 March 2024

Times: 10 am to 4 pm

Spaces available for 8 participants. We need a minimum of 3 people for this Workshop to go ahead, so please book early!!

If our Workshop is full or past the closing date, please join the Cancellation List.  Email Workshop Co-ordinator at hunterislandpress@gmail.com to register your interest.  

As well as tuition etc, HIP will provide:
•  morning tea, tea/coffee
•  written instructions.
•  four sheets (21×21 cm) good quality art (rag) paper (per person)
•  all chemicals
•  some drafting film, and ink-samples (for drawing your own images)
•  some extra/spare processing equipment
•  art-paper for purchase (see below)

Participants to bring:

  1.  Your own solar-printing kit (= glass, backing + clips)
    • a sheet of regular GLASS (recycled ones cheapest). SIZE: A3, or at least 24×24 cm – you should make the glass safe to handle by covering all the edges with masking tape..
    • a strong backing-board to support the glass.
    • 3-4 large paper-clips – to hold glass and backing-board etc together
  2. Paper for your trials and experimentation It should be smooth, heavy(Ish) and [VIP] able to withstand several washings – water colouring or rag-papers are ideal [ art paper can purchased from HIP on the day [ between $6.50 and $9.50 per sheet}: Bring cash – at the amount needed, as there will be no ‘small change’ available]
  3. Objects to print
    –  Any smallish 2d or 3d objects (include some semitransparent: fine grass; feathers, flower-petals) -photo-transparencies (Officeworks can print off images (B&W or colour) on transparent paper)
  4. Permanent markers/ Texta-pens = both fine-, and broader-tipped.
  5. Apron and disposable rubber-gloves.
  6. Own lunch

Pat Martin was trained in printmaking at the University of Tasmania’s School of the Creative Arts; completing a Bachelor Fine Arts (Printmaking) in 2019.

She has been a HIP member since 2013 and have exhibited her prints regularly since then.

Pat has enjoyed using the cyanotype sun-print method for the past 5 years.

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