Intro to Cyanotype Printing


Learn this easy and elegant printing technique.



Introduction to Cyanotype Printing

Ghostly and gorgeous – these are just some of the effects you can produce with a cyanotype print. And it’s safe and easy to do – and fun to experiment with! Michael Stern is a professional photographer who produces large-format cyanotype prints right here in Columbia County, and his classes will have you comfortable with the technique in no time. Join Michael to learn more and make your first prints. Classes are January 26 and February 2, 6 pm to 7:30 pm, via Zoom. The first session will cover materials, coating, and exposure. The second will be sharing works and troubleshooting, with an introduction to toning cyanotype prints.

On Thursday, January 28, starting at 6 pm, there’ll be a Zoom hangout for an hour or two. This session is totally optional and casual. During this session, people can print on their own, but with the company of Michael and fellow students for motivation and guidance. The cost for the two classes and the hangout session is $50.

The cyanotype photographic printing process uses a blend of the chemicals ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to prep paper for light exposure. If the thought of playing with chemicals sounds dangerous, fret not! They are completely safe and can be used without gloves and without special ventilation. Minimal amounts are needed for good quality, and they’re also inexpensive and readily available. A supplies list and more information about storing and using the chemicals and other tools you’ll need for cyanotypes is furnished upon request.