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The Cyanotype and Beyond

  • The Baldessin Press & Studio 90 Shaftesbury Ave St Andrews, Victoria, 3761 Australia (map)

With Silvi Glattauer

Sat & Sun 15 & 16 Feb 2020
10 am - 4.30 pm

Price: $550.– including all materials

This 2 day workshop will teach you the basic techniques for making Cyanotype prints using found objects and / or your own photographs.

We will then extend these cyanotype prints with toning (overall shifting of colours) and eco printing. Eco printing is a method of using found leaves and flowers that are boiled with your prints so that they take on further layers of impressions and colour shifts.

The results can be surprising due to the organic nature of eco printing and toning, so come with an open mind ready for experimentation, disasters, successes and lots of fun!


The Cyanotype is a historic photographic printing process that produces a cyan / blue print. Originally Invented by Sir John Herschel in 1841 this printing technique was adopted by Anna Atkins in her photograms of plants and seaweed for her books on botany (1843–55).

The Prussian Blue print is made using a sensitising solution of iron salts, that when exposed to natural or sunlight, are reduced to their ferrous state, producing a high contrast blue image when oxidised. Oxidation is hastened by immersion in running water, which also washes away the unused iron salts.


Eco Printing or natural dyeing. In eco printing plants, leaves flowers are enclosed in paper, bundled by winding over rods or stacked in layers and then boiled with rust, salt and vinegar The pigments from the plants are extracted leaving the impressions of the plants on your prints.

Silvi Glattauer is a professional practicing photographer with a particular interest in non-silver alternative processes. Specialising in the photogravure process using non-toxic photopolymer plates, she finds that the combination of traditional printmaking with photographic images gives her work an added dimension that further develops the use of photography in fine art practice. Glattauer also has a background in the adult education sector with extensive experience in co-ordinating and running workshops. Alongside running workshops at The Baldessin Press for the past 15 years, she has taught photographic fine art printmaking at RMIT and Melbourne Polytechnic in Melbourne.

You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Price: $550.– including all materials

What you should bring:

  • Digital files

  • Extra paper (optional)

  • Apron

  • Disposable gloves

  • Your laptop if you have one

  • A USB stick

  • Lunch to share (tea & coffee provided)


A $100 deposit for weekend will be required to secure an enrolment. Balance of Course Fee is payable no later than commencement of first class. An invoice will be sent out with your enrolment acknowledgment.

A course fee refund will be given if:

  1. A class in which you are enrolled is cancelled, or

  2. Notice of your withdrawal from a class is given at least three weeks in advance

Please note:

On CODE RED days The Baldessin Press and Studio will be closed and no classes or activities will run.
On TOTAL FIRE BAN days The Baldessin Press and Studio will normally remain open, and staff will monitor official advice and weather. If weather escalates staff will consider cancelling activities. Any decision to cancel any workshops during the course of Total Fire Ban days will be made as a result of a notice from CFA of a “Watch and Act” or “Emergency Warning” affecting that area.
Please note that The Baldessin Press and Studio are NOT designated Safer Places, or Places of Last Resort