It is so important these days to do things that are 'in the moment'. Creativity is good for your mental well-being and very rewarding. This creative process is suitable for beginners, especially those people who think that they are not particularly artistic.
The Cyanotype photographic printing process was used in the 19th century by architects, engineers and scientists to copy drawings. By mixing Ferric Ammonium Citrate and Potassium Ferricyanide with sunlight, beautiful blue images are created. It is such a magical process and people are always amazed and excited with their results. (By the way, in case you were wondering, the chemical is odourless and harmless when used under normal conditions).
Using the Cyanotype process, you will learn how to light-sensitise watercolour paper and fabric, place objects on top and then expose to light to create blue prints. It's amazing what you can produce in 2hrs and your £35 will have been very well spent indeed! You may even want to progress onto my 4.5hr Cyanotype lampshade or Cyanotype silk scarf workshops...
I have been teaching photography to students of all ages in both formal and workshop settings for over 20 years and I like to create a relaxed atmosphere in my workshops; there is no pressure - and it is such a fun and rewarding process.
To arrange a Cyanotype printing workshop, contact me to arrange a mutually acceptable time and location. I like to use natural light and use the outdoor space so I am reliant on the weather; April through to October is when I like to work.
I really hope to see you soon.
No previous skills required for my rewarding short workshops that include all materials. I keep my groups small (3-6 people) which means that you will receive lots of help if you need it.
Angela Heron Watkins
''Angela is so generous with her skills and materials. I learnt so much and enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend her workshops to anyone, complete beginner to professional artist." Pam Du Val May 2018
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials & equipment are included
I will provide tea/coffee.
You will need to bring a selection of plant material, and an apron to protect your clothes.
Angela at Sunlight & Blue Cyanotype & Lampshade Workshops
Sunlight & Blue Puddledock Lane Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth Dorset DT3 6DL
Even the drive to Angie's cottage near Weymouth was idyllic and only the beginning of a wonderfully inspiring day. For some time I had been thinking of taking a course in lampshade making and in cyanotyping; to find them both wrapped up in one course for a very reasonable price was very exciting.
Angie asked us to gather plants and natural material to bring with us and, after talking us briefly through the history of cyanotyping, including its use as the method for making blueprints, we got to work with several trial pictures, placing our natural material on to chemically treated light-sensitised watercolour paper and taking them to develop in the sun in Angie's garden. The results were really inspiring and I was surprised that I had been able to create something that looked that beautiful.
We progressed to making prints on light-sensitised material, in readiness for making the lampshade. After a trial run, it was time to create the final piece of indigo-coloured material for the lampshade. Making the lampshade seemed easy because Angie gave each of us her individual attention. It was clear that no-one was going to fail on her course and with a gentle approach guided us each to success.
I went with my mother and we both enjoyed the day so much. Angie is quietly spoken and a good and inspiring teacher.
The nice thing about cyanotypes is that the method produces results you are not able to foresee. The indigo background together with the pale blue or white shapes created by the plant materials make each creation inspiring and trendy. (One lady on the course brought some cut-out hare shapes which she used to great effect.)
This is an incredibly inspiring experience, exceptional value for money and at the end you get to take home your trial pieces on watercolour paper and material and your lampshade.
If money is an issue, you can make a small but beautiful tall tea light holder.
I would recommend this as one of the best Christmas or birthday presents for a friend, family member or yourself.
And, the wonderful thing about Angie's courses is that they generally take place on sunny days with a beautiful blue sky. Uplifting!
Sunlight & Blue Cyanotype & Lampshade Workshops:
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Claire.
Spent a wonderful afternoon making a lampshade and many experiments with lengths of paper and fabric. We learnt about the technique and with Angela's calm manner and encouragment, felt confident to have a go and try different objects and materials. We had so much fun and excitement when seeing what everyones efforts looked like. Some really surprising results. Highly recommended especially in a group.
I spent a most enjoyable morning with Angela who organised everything we needed for the class, including the sun. I experimented on both paper and fabric and trialled a number of different objects - seed heads, photos, stencils - and different exposure times.
It’s a fascinating technique which Angela explained extremely well. I look forward to further experiments.
I had been longing to do the cyanotype printing course for a long time and finally managed to do one this morning!
Angela was great, really took time to explain everything and come up with suggestions.
A great laid back atmosphere, and I’m happy to say I’m pleased with my results.
I will definitely be attempting this on my own!
This course was fabulous. It is hard to say anything new that hasn't already been said in the reviews above. Angela is an excellent teacher, she provided all the materials and had prepared well in advance. She explained the process very clearly and organised everything very well, (even the sunshine). I met two lovely people and we all went home with results we were pleased with. I have ordered the materials and I will be continuing to practice this process.
Great fun and great results.
Angela explained the process well and this interesting workshop just flew by. Angela had prepared some photos for us in advance so we managed to do organic and photographic images. We came away with loads!
If you like active crafting and super results you’ll enjoy this workshop.
We were very lucky to have a bright day in September to do our Cyanotype workshop. Angela provided all the materials for our lampshades, we just had to provide the decoration. Everything was well organised and Angela was an excellent teacher - very patient and good fun. Lovely way to pass a morning with friends and you get a lovely, unique lampshade at the end of it.