A Virtual Workshop! 


Do you have an interest in botanicals? Have you ever been curious about how to make paper from plants from your own backyard? Want to learn a new, unique printing process that you can do at home without a press?


Cyanotype Printing on Handmade Paper is a new workshop combining papermaking and cyanotype printing, where students will learn how to make paper from fibrous plants and how to create beautiful blue cyanotype prints on their own fresh sheets of paper. You can even save some of your plants and use them to make the cyanotype imagery!


This workshop will be split into three sessions: In session one and two, led by Gretchen Schermerhorn, students will learn how to prepare and make paper from their gathered plant fibers. In session three, led by Eliza Clifford, students will learn the process of creating cyanotype prints using their new plant paper from the previous sessions. 


Registration closes November 20, 2020 to allow time for students to receive/purchase their materials.  Your registration includes a materials fee to cover the purchase and shipping of a class "kit," which includes 1/2 lb. of Thai Kozo fiber, 1 tablespoon of formation aid, mould and deckle frame for paper 10" x 10" in size, canvas stretcher bars, polypropylene heat shrinking screen, paint strainer bag, weather stripping tape,12" x 12" craft felt, 1 cup of soda ash. You will also receive an additional list (with helpful links) to purchase/gather other needed supplies, any available handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Cyanotype Printing on Handmade Paper; Nov 28-29 and Dec 6; times vary

    • Date & Time: 3-day workshop, Saturday November 28, 10am-1pm, Sunday, November 29 10am-12pm, and Sunday, December 6 10am-3pm via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event) 
    • Instructors: Gretchen Schermerhorn and Eliza Clifford
    • Materials: Registration includes a $55 materials fee to cover the safe handling, packaging, and mailing of the class materials kit (see list in the class description for details). Students will need to gather/purchase additional supplies, including:

      For Day 1 and 2:
      - hammer
      - staple gun and ⅜” or ¼” staples
      - duct tape
      - wood glue
      - plastic or watertight container, around 50-60 qt. or concrete mixer tub
      - inexpensive plastic pitcher
      - a blender or emulsion mixer
      - non-fusible interfacing (at least 5 yards) or weedblocker fabric
      - heavy duty wooden mallet or meat tenderizer
      - plastic drop cloth or tarp to cover work surface
      - several inexpensive sponges
      - 8 qt or larger cooking pot (stainless steel or enamel)
      - wooden spoon or dowel
      - 5-gallon plastic bucket
      - one quart container with lid

      For Day 3:
      - Jacquard Cyanotype Powder Chemicals
      - 2 glass jars, large ball jars work best
      - 2” sponge brush
      - 2 sheets of BFK Rives Paper, 22"x30"
      - A medium-sized piece of plexi or any large flat surface (baking sheet, a large plastic container lid, etc.)
      - A pair of rubber gloves
      - A liquid measuring cup
      - A set of measuring spoons
      - Objects to use for imagery (botanicals, lacey fabrics, small objects, photo negatives etc.)

Pyramid Atlantic is grateful for the support of:


301.608.9101  |  4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

HOURS (Starting July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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