Cyano Print Making

Instructor: Karen Zukas

Ages: 14 up

Location: 127 West Rodney French Blvd.

Format: 2 hour workshop   ~  Two Dates to choose from

Date:  Saturday, August 6th

Time:   1:00 to 3:00

Fee: $55.00 includes all materials.   SUMMER SPECIAL !!  ~ Bring a friend for 50% off !  

Cyano Print Making

  • Cyanotype Prints are a beautiful and inexpensive way to make monochromatic photographic images using 5 ingredients; Potassium Ferricyanide, Ferric Amonium Cytrate, paper, sunlight and water.  This process was discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel and hasn't really changed at all.  The process works on the same basis as a photogram or contact print, where a UV light sensitive emulsion is prepared and then applied to a porous substrate like paper. Once the substrate has dried, objects or a negative may be directly applied and then exposed to UV light (the sun.) After the desired exposure time is up, the paper is then stopped and fixed simply by rinsing and resting in water. Due to the nature of the chemicals used to make the emulsion the final result is Prussian blue or Cyan, hence the name.

    This can be done using negatives as well, but in this workshop, we will focus on botanicals.

    I'll prepare papers in advance as they need to cure over night, but will demonstrate the mixing of the chemicals, and application to paper.  We will then choose botanicals to use in our compositions, take them outside for exposure.  We will then bring them in and rinse them, then hang them to dry and watch the magic transpire before our eyes !  As they dry, the blue color becomes more prominent.  

  • Karen Charbonneau Zukas is a graduate of Tufts university and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a master’s degree in education from Western New England University. She is a recognized portrait painter and potter and former columnist for the Bulletin in Boston. She has been teaching various subjects, primarily advanced ESL, fine art, writing, test prep, debate and humanities; at universities, preparatory, public, private and international schools and community ed in Boston and now locally for over 35 years. She and her family moved back to the south coast in 2013. She is currently working on a book which is a series of short animal stories from her personal experiences. She is the proprietor of Peasantware Pottery in New Bedford and the founder of The New Bedford Art and Cultural Emporium at Kilburn ! Email: