Workshop: Cyanotype: An alternative photographic printing process powered by the sun – intermediate workshop with Mary Louise Ravese, JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh, NC (USA), Thursday September 15, 2022 from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Details of event:
Cyanotype is a simple photographic printing process that creates an archival blue and white print. The cyanotype process was invented in the 1840s and is easy and inexpensive to do at home. In this intermediate class, we’ll learn how to make cyanotype photographic prints. Instructor Mary Louise Ravese will explain how to turn a digital image (created using any type of digital camera including smartphone cameras) into a monochrome film negative. Then we’ll use that negative to make direct contact prints on sensitized cotton fabric material which we will then expose to sunlight to develop the image. The developed print is then rinsed in a water bath and then left to dry. The final print will be a blue and white print. 


$80.00 arboretum members, $90.00 non-members (includes $25.00 materials fee (includes one frame and three film sheets and materials to create two 8.5″ x 11″ cotton fabric prints).


Please bring the following items:

  • Two trays or flat plastic container at least 3″ deep and big enough to easily hold an 8.5″ × 11″ sheet with space all around
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves (like for dishwashing)
  • Digital camera (DSLR, mirrorless, point-n-shoot or smartphone)
  • Laptop with a means for downloading images from the camera (e.g. card reader and cable)
  • Several previously shot digital images to choose from for printing during class. Images can be saved on their computer, camera memory card, or on a USB flash drive. One image should be submitted to the instructor the week before the class.
  • Notepaper and pencil/pen
  • (Optional) USB flash drive for image transfer between computers
  • (Optional) Photoshop software
  • notebook and pencil/pen


Link to event:

Contact (optional):
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography
Tel: +1 (919) 307-9054

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