Cyanotype Classic, Simple & New – Ellie Young – 1 Day

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Cyanotypeshow details + $400.00 AUD  

  •  July 27, 2024 - July 29, 2024
     9:30 am - 4:30 pm

This process requires no other chemicals, can be exposited in sunlight and developed simply in water. Cyanotypes provide a beautiful image in stable Prussian blue pigment. The image colour may be easily modified by a variety of toning agents.

Sir John Herschel’s Classic/traditional cyanotype process, now practiced for 166 years, became known as Blueprint, the first reprographic process. It is one of the oldest, simplest, safest, and cheapest alternative photographic process.


Mike Ware has developed a “Simple’ sensitizer contains no toxic dichromates or oxalates, making it safer for children and the environment. The ‘one-bottle’ sensitizer is faster than an average ‘Classic’ two-bottle formula, but still slower than ‘New’. It has excellent tonal separation with a high Dmax of ~1.5 and it can provide an exposure scale varying from 2.7 to 1.8 depending on the sensitizer formula, so the contrast can be fine-tuned to match widely differing negatives – an innovation which has not been possible with cyanotype.”A

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This process provides an image in stable Prussian blue pigment, from a ‘single-bottle’ sensitizer solution having a long shelf life. Requiring only a short UV exposure, it yields a superbly graduated tonal scale, on a matte paper surface, having a maximum density verging on black. The image colour may be easily modified by a variety of toning agents, and the sensitizer may also be applied to fabrics and other surfaces.

This is a hands on workshop where the participants will produce a number of photographs from the three different cyanotype processes.

An important part of the workshop  is compare the  traditional, new  and the simple cyanotype.

Outline of the day:

  1. Making the simple cyanotype solution
  2. The negative (includes instructions on creating digital negatives)
  3. Paper choices
  4. Coating methods
  5. Exposure
  6. Processing – (includes toning)

Cyanotype fabricCLASS MAXIMUM 2

All materials supplied including lunch

All materials including lunch is provided –

Starts at 9.30 am and concludes at 4.30 pm