cyanotype and photocopy transfer workshop

This weekend I held a two day workshop at Cardiff Print Workshop. On Saturday the day was taken up by Cyanotype, a wonderfully simple form of alternative photography that produces vivid blue prints when exposed to ultra-violet light. Here at CPW we use a sun bed lamp but on Saturday we had a much stronger source of U.V. during this year’s summer heatwave!

Sunday we used copies generated from our new CPW laser printer to transfer images to wood, card, collage and fabric.




14-15 July 2018

10am – 4pm


Cyanotype is an antique photographic process distinctive for its Prussian blue monochrome prints. It was invented in the Victorian era but was quickly forgotten as photography improved, only surviving as a copying technique for documents and plans in the form of blueprints. Learn to mix and apply the chemicals to a variety of surfaces, expose objects and digital negatives, develop and tint the results.

The photocopy transfer workshop will explore the possibilities of collage using the technique of adhesive and solvent transfer transfer. Any printed material such as photocopies, magazines or newspaper may be used to create distinctive works of art on a variety of substrates.

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CPW, Market House, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, CF5 1QE

23-24 June 2018

10am – 4pm



Etching with copper sulphate is simple, affordable and safe. Learn how to use this historic acid free technique to etch aluminium. This workshop will cover all the basics of the process including: the recipe for and mixing the etching solution, using grounds, etching times, aquatinting and printing.

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photocopy transfer

Been experimenting this week with photocopy transfer using two techniques to transfer images to wood, fabric, paper and tape. Adhesive transfer works by sticking the photocopy face down to the substrate then wetting the back and rubbing the paper off. Solvent transfer used to be an extremely toxic process involving strong solvents such as acetone or cellulose thinners. Nowadays I use eucalyptus or tea tree oil which works just as well and clears the head too!

Watch this space for a workshop at Cardiff Print Workshop soon.

Adhesive transfer:


Solvent transfer:


Dry point workshop

This Friday I ran a dry point workshop with an A level group from Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen who were visiting The Arts Academy in Cardiff.

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Dry point provides the ideal entry point for printmaking because it is so easy to achieve great results! We were scratching into plastic which as well as being  more affordable than metal has the added advantage of being transparent, allowing the students to trace directly from their sketch books. Once the drawing has been done the printing can be varied in many different ways to produce a range of outcomes…