Sun Printing for SALA 2022

Sun Printing For SALA

26 Bowman Street Crystal Brook 5523

August 7th, 2022 10.30am-11:00am

August 7th, 2022 11.15am-11:45am

August 7th, 2022 12:00pm-12:30pm


  • August 7, 2022
  • August 7, 2022
  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:30 PM


  • Crystal Brook Institute, 26 Bowman Street, SA, 5523
  • Australia


  • Free

What is sun printing?

Sun prints, also known as cyanotypes, are photograms created by a chemical reaction within the specially prepared art paper that is triggered by ultra-violet light from the sun.

The Process:

Step 1:

Find thin objects with interesting shapes to use to create your art. 

Step 2:

Get creative! Place the objects creatively on the supplied light-sensitive paper and easel and leave  the arrangement in direct sunlight for 7-20 minutes.

Step 3:

Develop your image! The paper is then rinsed in cold water for 5 minutes to fix the image and make it light stable. The blue is then enriched by a quick rinse in a solution of 5 litres of water to one table spoon on bleach. 

Step 4: 

Dry the paper in the sun, then you are free to enjoy your art! 

What does you need? 

All equipment, materials and consumables are supplied. 

Back to nature

Sun printing

The procurement of objects to create the compositions is a big part of this process.

The little details make a big difference, and the process of finding objects encourages fascination and appreciation of the natural environment.

Artistic expression

Sun printing

Sun prints aren't just fun!

They teach children about how to pre-visualise the final results and how to create and control composition, tones and texture through the choice and placement of their objects.

A little bit of science

Sun printing

Cyanotypes are the result of a traditional wet photographic process.

The process starts by painting non-toxic chemistry onto water colour paper in order to sensitise it to UV light.

Once dried in a darkened room using only dim light, the objects are then placed carefully on top of this paper in order to block sunlight from reacting with the chemistry below.

Patience is a virtue

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The exposure process is one that can take anywhere from 8 minutes up to a half an hour.

Some children will struggle with this but the magic of the development makes the wait worth while.

By their second print they will be happy to help count down eagerly to see how their image has worked.

A little bit of magic

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The moment it all comes together.

The development process is simple but exciting. It involves rinsing the paper in cool water and in the process the image turns to a rich royal blue.

The final product

Sun printing

These vibrant blue prints will last a lifetime treated well and will immortalise those little details of nature long after the objects disappear.