This year marks the 40th Birthday of Charnwood Arts.
For this very special occasion we are running a special two-week summer project for all our members, creating new artworks based on the theme of animals and insects. We hope to learn some new techniques at the same time. The project will end on Friday 19th August with a very special activity which the public can join in with. Stay tuned to find out more in the coming weeks.
This Tuesday we worked with RawArt and ManCraft to do some beautiful cyanotype printing. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a lovely blue print. A photographic chemical is painted onto watercolour paper and then dried and kept in a dark space. You can then get on with the fun bit here as you draw onto a clear plastic called acetate or make a collage of interesting materials. Lace works well for this. We also printed some photos onto acetate. The montage or drawing is then placed over the top of the treated paper and exposed to UV light.
The areas of paper not covered by an image will be exposed to the light and the chemical in the paper will react causing the blue colouring. This is why you need to use acetate as it is clear. Once fully exposed you need to rinse your paper in a tray of cold water to fix the chemical.
Some of the lovely work we made…
We are really excited to see what the rest of the week’s creativity will generate.
This project is supported by Loughborough Universities Community Donations Fund