Art & Culture Training/Advice Workshop
Cyanotype & Van Dyke Brown Printing
Cyanotype printing and Van Dyke Brown printing are both contact printing processes, where a negative or an object is placed onto photosensitised paper or fabric, and exposed to the sun or a UV light. Photosensitive emulsion is brushed onto the paper by hand, making each print unique. This camera-less, iron-based technique was invented by John Herschel in 1842. Cyanotype produces a Prussian cyan-blue print. Van Dyke Brown produces a deep brown print, similar to the popular paint pigment, Van Dyke Brown.
What you will need
- Participants must email up to 4 digital images of your choice to Conor at [email protected]
- Images should have a resolution of 300dpi, a size of 5×7’’ (2000 pixels on longer edge), and should have a good tonal range.
- We will then make your negatives in advance for you to work with them and print them during the workshop.
- Equipment and materials are provided.
What you will learn
- A brief history of the processes.
- An introduction to the chemicals and equipment needed.
- How to mix the chemicals.
- The paper choice and paper coating techniques.
- The different sources of UV light.
- Explore contrast control, processing, exposing, bleaching and toning.
- Safe and proper handling of materials.
For more information contact Conor at [email protected]