Cyanotype Print is new to me. I vaguely remember having seen inky blue botanical images created using the technique before. But I never knew what the process was called. And I definitely wasn’t aware of how you could create this type of print.
So when I was kindly invited to attend JamJar Edit‘s recent Flower Pressing & Cyanotype Print Workshop, I jumped at the chance! Just a few doors down from the JamJar studio in Peacock Yard, South London is photographer Kasia Wozniak’s workspace.
Polish born Kasia introduced us to the basics of the historical printing process, known as ‘blueprint’ or Cyanotype. We learnt about the steps involved in making these Prussian blue photograms, from coating our paper with light sensitive solution, laying pressed flowers directly onto the paper and then exposing them to sunlight. Then we created our own Cyanotype prints. Here’s the pressed flower I initially chose…
And below in Kasia’s dark room, I placed it on the specially coated paper.
I then took it outside, placed it in direct sunlight and let the magic happen!
Here’s my finished print. I absolutely love it, in particular because of the contrast of the solid and dainty shapes…
Below are a few more prints which I made using pressed flowers and foliage…
All of my finished prints are below. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with them!
NEXT WORKSHOP DATE
JamJar’s next Flower Pressing & Cyanotype Print Workshop is taking place in London on Saturday 24th October. For details and to book your place, simply visit the JamJar Edit website.
In the meantime, you may like to check out my IGTV videos from the Workshop : Part 1 & Part 2, for behind the scenes footage of the JamJar London studio. And if you’ve not already seen them, do take a read of the other two blog posts in this series : Part 1 & Part 2.
(Images: Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)