Workshop: Botanical Sun Prints (Cyanotypes) – Sherman Library and Gardens


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Workshop: Botanical Sun Prints (Cyanotypes)

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop: Botanical Sun Prints (Cyanotypes)

Join Alexandra Ito as she teaches you how to make a beautiful botanical sun print or cyanotype. You will make a variety of prints by arranging leaves and flowers onto a special photosensitive paper and then let the sun do the work of printing the pictures. 

Your finished prints will be ready for use as a card, a bookmark, or a framed print that you can keep or give as a gift.  Since your prints will need time to dry, you will receive cards, a frame, and a bookmark sleeve as well as directions on how to assemble at home.

Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes we know of, and has a distinctive blue color. Cyanotypes are made by treating a surface — paper, cloth or leather — with iron salts which then react to UV light. Originally used to document botanical specimens by placing them on treated papers and exposing them to the sun, it was also an early way to create copies of drawings, especially architectural drawings – thus the name “blueprints.”

All materials provided.

Fee: Members $40, Non-members $45