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Cyanotypes Workshop

  • Museum of Human Achievement 3600 Lyons Road Austin, TX, 78702 United States (map)

Learn how to prepare and print your own Cyanotypes!

Cyanotype, or sun printing, is a photographic printing process where Prussian blue prints are made by coating paper or fabric in a photosensitive solution and then laying shapes, negatives, plants, or other objects on top while exposing the print to the sun. Cyanotype was popularized in the 19th century by Anna Adkins a bad-ass botanist who is considered the first woman photographer for her Cyanotype photograms of flora and seaweed (then called “drawing with light”). In this workshop you will learn how to prepare your own papers in a diy dark room, and then use found objects, cut shapes, or flora/fauna to arrange and expose your prints out in the sun. You can frame your finished prints, use them as cards, whatever you want!

Feel free to bring any objects you would like to use in your prints (objects with interesting silhouettes work well). I will be providing lots of paper for cutting, some plants, and we will all get the chance to wander around outdoors to look for more interesting objects. 

About the Instructor:

Ellyn is a queer artist and educator from Elgin, TX. They love teaching and learning from others and introducing people to fun and freeing art forms! You will usually see them paper marbling, making paper earrings, or giving handpoke tattoos, but they also love to ignite their creativity through different art forms such as sun printing! You can find their work on Instagram @blue.child

*NOTE: This event is inclusively for all women-identified and non-binary folx. This means women of color, trans/queer/cis women, and gender non-conforming friends. If you identify as cis male and are interested in this event, feel free to check our resources page for similar workshops in the ATX area.