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Make Christmas Ornaments with Cyanotype Photography

Ben Panter, Alternative Photography & Game Making

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8 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:20
    • 2. Supplies

      4:27
    • 3. Coating

      4:09
    • 4. Exposing & Developing

      10:40
    • 5. Making the Fabric Ornament

      5:34
    • 6. Making the Wood Ornament

      6:21
    • 7. Making the Paper Ornament

      9:18
    • 8. Analyzing Them on the Tree

      3:53

About This Class

In this class we will use cyanotype to make 3 different styles of ornaments on 3 different surfaces for you to do some unique decorating around your own house or to give as handmade gifts this Holiday. The experimental nature of cyanotype will allow you to make completely unique and beautiful ornaments of your own, and we'll look at some options for how you could add some additional ornamentation with paints, pens and sewing.

This project does build on some basic cyanotype techniques covered in my Cyanotype 101 & 102 courses, so you may want to check those out first.

Some new techniques covered in this project include:

  • coating fabric
  • coating wood

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Transcripts

1. Introduction: I have been painter, I'm an artist and professor and welcome to making Christmas ornaments with Sino type photography. That's not right. I know. Perfect. Now welcome, Teoh making Christmas ornaments with Sino type photography. In this class, we're gonna be making three different styles of ornament, and we're gonna be using three different surfaces Paper, wood and fabric s. Oh, this is a good experimental process. If you've done some some sign a type, it will be good. Teoh, try some new services if you haven't already. And the purpose of this is to be making some beautiful ornaments. And I think there's really two ways you could use that one. You could use that to decorate your own house or your own tree. Ah, and the other thing is, these would make wonderful gifts, things that are hand made personal items that you can give out to people to really show how much time you spend on making something for them. I think this project would be great for either of those cases. Um, and the things we're gonna be making we're gonna be using this science type photography process, which, if you haven't done before, I recommend jumping in tow some of my earlier beginner classes on sina type. But if you have done it before, we're gonna be using that same process to make these beautiful blue images you could be using, Ah, object printing. You could be using negatives to print, and it's really the creativity is up to you, and at the end, we're gonna end up with these photo prints and then we can embellish them right. We have to put them together to make the ornaments, and we can be using things to make them more seasonal or to personalize them, adding some words and other things that will really bring these ornaments home. So I'm excited to be showing you this process. Do some different techniques in terms of the surfaces were using and then to end up with these beautiful little kind of jewels of ornaments that we can use in order to decorate for the holidays. So let's jump into the next mass. We'll talk about the sea. There 2. Supplies: All right. Welcome back. This is the supplies video. So we're gonna talk about all the supplies that we're gonna need to make this project happen, so let's go. Okay. So I have the supplies for this project broken down into three categories. The first category is Sino type stuff. This is just the basic supplies that you will need. I have the two chemicals that you put together. I have the brushes. I need a little container. Um, the the measuring beaker. I have my contact printer. Um, those are the basic supplies. And if you need a refresher on all of those a recommend checking out my santa type 10 to lessen it really goes through this whole process in real detail of how to set this up with all of this Does, Um, alternatively, if you don't want to be coating your own chemicals for this, you could do some of this project with the pre coated paper. It'll be a little bit different, but it certainly could be adapted. So if you have this still follow along and ah, you can really make something quite beautiful. OK, so that's the sign of type chemicals process next, we have the supplies that are kind of specific to this project s Oh, we have some hoops, these air, like embroidery, hoops. You can just get I have five inch ones. I actually would have preferred to have found some four inch ones, but I couldn't find them anywhere. But your local store may have them. Or if you order online, these ones were kind of the cheapest available. They were, like, less than $2 apiece. Um, and to go with that is the fabric. Any kind of cotton fabric will doom. This is like T shirt fabric I'm gonna be using. You could easily use, um, anything that's more like a sheet material, anything that's gonna be able to absorb some of the chemical. One thing to keep in mind, though. The thicker the fabric you use, the more chemical it's going to use. Eso view something like felt that's really going to soak up chemistry. And so you'll use a lot more. It'll take longer to dry. Eso using something fairly thin is probably a good place to start. Next. We have some pieces of wood. This was just bought from my local craft store. and, ah, these air pre cut circles that are fairly thin, like not even 1/4 inch. I don't think. And they're gonna be perfect for this size project that the perfect size toe hanging on a tree, um, you could get ones that are thinner. You can get ones that are a little larger, a little smaller, depending on your taste. Different shapes, of course, that something like this and a nice light white pine is going to work. Best on, then last. Of course, we're gonna be using paper as well. So you want some heavy duty? Ah, watercolor paper that's gonna hold up to some washing to the chemistry on Also hold up to being hung on a tree. All right, so let's move to the last group of supplies for this project, and that would be the making supplies. Right? So after we make our santa types, then we're gonna have to be doing some cutting, right? Some gluing, Um and really, I think also some embellishing. I think that is what is going to make your sign a type. Ornaments really stand out. Ah, and feel really handmade and personal. So things that work well for that. Of course, there's many materials that could work, but ones I have picked out and used before would be like some gold or silver paint. Um, paint markers also tend to work. Well, they can get those in metallic or white will work really well with the blue sign A type you can do threat. You could do threat on the paper. You could do it on the fabric as well. That'll be really beautiful. Um, and of course, if you're doing painting, you're gonna need a brush as well. Another one. I don't have any myself, but I know gel pens will work. Well, basically, you're looking for things that put out some Oh, pick color that are gonna sit on the surface. They're not gonna soak in too much. Okay, Now that we have all the supplies we need, the first step is going to be to actually take the chemistry and hope the services we're gonna be using. So that's in the next video. We'll see you there 3. Coating: there. Welcome back in this video, we're gonna actually walk through the process of coding the different services, the paper, the wood and the fabric. So jump in, get a refresher. If you've done this before, if you haven't, this is a great opportunity to jump back into my 101 and one of two classes where we talk more about the chemistry and the coating. Okay, so now it is time to cope, to use three different materials on there's some nuances here that you'll notice as you were doing it. And I'll just do my best to point a sweet go. So I'm gonna be coating this paper on the smooth side and you can see I'm opting for my Sumi a brush rather than my you know, plastic hair dye brush. Because I think this gives me a smoother coat ultimately And for this particular project, I'm going for smooth eso that my finished ornaments have this really even blue color. So stepping in and brushing on was that you see, it goes on this like yellow green, and I'm just looking to make sure I fill this hole center area Now for this ornament. I think I'm gonna end up with circles of the paper that I'm gonna put together. So ultimately, I don't need to go all the way to the edge is going to be trimming, and I just want to make sure there's a nice amount for a circle. Okay, so it looks good that aside, move onto the next one. Next, we're gonna move on to our would disks. Okay, for this one, I want to get complete coverage. I think so. I'm gonna just brush kind of with the wood grain here and last, we're gonna be coating the fabric. Okay, But in order to do this because obviously the fabric is going to let the the, uh, chemicals straight through, we need to put something underneath. Just a piece of cardboard or something like that is normally good enough. So let me go get a piece of cardboard and we'll get right back to you. And ultimately, it's really the same process as before. And in this case, we're using about five inch circles. So I want to make sure I get that whole area and you can see depending on the fabric. Sometimes you kind of have to work it in a little bit after really kind of pushed to make sure it's absorbing, not just staying on the surface. All right, so this point, you just need toe. Put everything in a nice, dark place to dry completely before you move onto the next step, which is actually setting up your explosion. So let's get to that. 4. Exposing & Developing: All right. Welcome back in this video, we're gonna talk about the setting up. Our prints were gonna be exposing them and developing them on this is gonna be a quick overview. If you need to see this process in slower format, you're gonna need to go back into the 101 and one of two classes that I taught previously on skill shares so that you can really understand what's going on here. But this is gonna be just a quick refresher on how to go about getting a good exposure and doing some good developing as well. So let's jump right in. All right, So let's get these prints ready and get amount to expose first thing frame apart here. All right, so I'm going to see how many I can get in this single frame. And again, you're just layering these in the way you want them to print with the exposed or the chemical side up. And we're putting the plant on top of their okay for these ones. Let's see, these are gonna end up like Christmas ball style. I think I might try some of these slightly larger woodies. So this remember you can, you know, get a specific with these as you want. I tend to just kind of let things lie where they are, but it's just up to you might be upto be just picking some good plants. Ones that match your decor or your what you like to see in a written tournament set this one up differently. Here we go. I think that'll be good for those ones. Yeah, um, and next to this in here, squeeze this all the way down and try to get both of these in here. Maybe I think I can do. Okay, Fabric has a little more playing it. Um, thinking. Try one with some holidays. Have a nice a bunch of holly trees on our property. So I just thought this would be the perfect time to make use of those instead of just stepping on them in the summer with bare feet Can actually get something good out of them. I think that will work, and then you'll try some pine you find good. I just went out and harvested some of this stuff just before I came in and started making this video. So some pine across the middle like that. All right. I think that will do it. That might actually take off one or maybe even two of these holly leaves, so there's a little more space in there. You don't just fell off, OK, I think that will do it. All right, there. Probably there. There. I think there's all good. Now, remember, you get the best prints when everything is sandwiched together very flat. And since I've got so much three D stuff in here, it's not gonna get any flatter than that. But I'm OK with that, actually. Okay, so that is one. And now we have our 2nd 1 which ever hear another smaller frame and trying to get a couple of the wood pieces in here. I see what happens. But this one, since I have just one piece of glass and then cardboard, I need to do everything face down. So I'm gonna try a few different things. I think I'm gonna be able to get four of these in here, which will work nicely. Um, I've got these really delicate little leaves there, actually, from a thorn bush about back, but have nice, tiny little details in them that would make for a nice print, so there could be one. Remember, I'm sandwiching with the chemistry site down for this. Looks like we need a little bit. These things were so small. Okay, I don't have another one of those. Just with maybe even a single little. Maybe the next sized up one would be good. Go. Um, trying, maybe just a single holly leaf. Be nice, nice and simple. I can get this sandwich down flat. And you know, if the pine is really gonna work here, you'll do a couple more of these just like so letting this out and now to put it back together. You can take more time if you wish to get things perfectly arranged. I just tend to like the more natural results. So that's what I'm going for. All right. Putting these tabs down, trying to get everything as flat as possible. Put that over. Oh, yeah, that'll be. That'll be really nice. Okay, so now we just have to get outside to expose. All right? So you can see I just haven't laid out here. They're in full sun, which have to be just kind of careful of because the tricky thing of Sina type in December is that the sun is far less powerful. So a normal exposure for these on a sunny day, you know, in the middle of the summer would be like maybe five minutes. But in December you're going to double triple or even more that, so you just have to be aware that it's going to take more time. In my case, I'm planning on leaving him out here for about 20 minutes, at least on. It's the kind of thing that it's safer toe. Leave them out a little longer if you leave him out longer or a little too long, even just means some of the like the veins of the leaves are going to start showing through , which can be a pretty cool effect. But if you leave it out to short, then your prints end up being pretty faint. And that's what you definitely don't want some nice, rich blue, if at all possible. So we want to leave it out in the long side. I'm gonna go with 20 minutes and I'll show you the results that I get and you can make your decision based off that. So now We just have to wait and see what the results are. I'll see in a few minutes. All right? Looks like it's ready to go. So let's see what we got. All right. So you exposed your prints at this point, and if you've done the process before you remember that the next step is to develop. And again, one of my favorite things about signing type is that it develops in no benefits. All it takes is water. So I'm gonna take my prince to the sink and rinse them on again. The general guideline is you want to be rinsing them, so they're running clean water through them for at least five minutes on. Uh, then your prints should be good to go. All right, so now that your prints are all completely watched, them clean water coming off them. When you're raising them now, you just need toe, let them drive. So lay them out someplace where they can completely dry or a band are bigger, place to dry, and it will come back and actually make arguments together. All right, great work. At this point, you have exposed and developed her prints. They're drying somewhere in our next video, we're going to actually be building our ornaments, putting things together. So let's go there 5. Making the Fabric Ornament: Okay. So to make our fabric cited type ornaments while we're gonna need are the hopes and the fabric that we just typed and some scissors on. Then there's some other kind of accessory things we could use later on. Once we see the results of a get eso in order to, uh, oops. We just losing this take out the inner ring way. We're gonna lose enough. No, on then. We're just positioning the sina type in the hoop where we want to and for me, I want to make sure that I completely fill the ring with blue. I tried to make it big enough where I could do that. And yes, somewhere around there. So I get the entire image stretched inside. Uh, that circle. Okay. And then what? We have to decide before we re attached the outer ring. Now is what position do we want this to be hanging? I'm going to assume you're going to hang from the top. That seems like the natural place on. So you have to decide what part you want. What up? You want up? In the case of this one, I think I'm going to place that somewhere. around there. You have it going to come down and across from the side. It was in this up a bit more, so it slides on a little easier. There we go. And basically, you want to slide it on where you're making the fabric nice and taut. Nice and flat across the top. And, of course, you're gonna have a lot of excess around the back. We're gonna trim that off. Okay? Once you get it kind of positioned to the way you like, you can see I have mine positioned like this. Then you want to tighten this down, make sure it's not going to move. You are a tight knit until it doesn't feel like can reasonably go any tighter without breaking something. Okay, Can you kind of give a little push with your fingers to make sure it doesn't feel like it's going to slide apart? And this feels pretty solid. Eso at this point again, I would want to decide. Is this the way actually wanna hang it? If I wanted a different orientation that I would just have to rotate everything around, But I think I think I'm pretty happy with this as it is. So the next move is to trim off the excess on. You know, you could use various tools to do this, but good old scissors will do the trick for me. Okay? And so that's that ornament. Very simply, um, and it's ready to go. Let's do the other one on. So I have my two fabric scientist type ornaments on the hoops. And since we have fabric seems like a natural way to kind of embellish these would be with thread or string or something like that on. So I'm gonna give a try of that with one of these. At least I think this one. Since this is Holly, Nice, bold shape. The white on the blue. I'm going to leave this one as it is. So this one, I'm going to try and embellish a little bit more, so I just have some kind of gold. Um, thread some very heavy threat on, and, uh, than a heavy darning needle, I believe is what this is called. And I'm going to use this to just create a bit more of a pattern. All right. And so here you have my finished, uh, sort of embroidered of course, people who really know embroidery would probably shudder at me, using that word but embellished using thread sign of type ornament. Here's the one that's completely plain, really happy with the results of these. I'm gonna go put him on the tree. 6. Making the Wood Ornament: So now we have the wooden disk ornaments that we Santa typed. Think the results are really, really nice. They came out with a lot of fine detail and good contrast between the blue on the white. And so we kind of have to decide how we want to be hanging these orientation should they be . And then we also have to decide what what we want Teoh embellish them with if we want to. It all Some of these air pretty beautiful just the way they are. But I might kind of touch up the edges if you notice on mine. My edges didn't get coated. And so they're not blue. They're kind of rough, so I might kind of touch up. Um, all of those, um so I'm gonna try some different things. You can see what I do. And of course, you're gonna have your own techniques that you like a swell, um, so you can just kind of use what I do as a little bit of an example. Eso I have some paint markers here. Uh, I'm gonna try to just touch up the edges on some of these s so that it's less noticeable just a black paint marker. And I think aside from the edges like that, I'm gonna leave plane because it's so nice and centered and simple. So I'm just gonna leave it just like that on. So I just need to attach the, uh, string on it so I can actually hang it. So make it the orientation, just like that. And I have a little hot glue gun, which, let's see if this is yes, huh? He's gonna put a depth of glue and a little of this gold strength, and I think that will hold nicely. Okay. Just like that. Not very much is needed for these because they're so so like course. If used the have appeared heavier piece of wood, you might want something more substantial. All right. Um, let's try. I have some gold paint here. Get the lid off their ago gold paint. Really pretty. So see if I could do something interesting with this, Um, me. I'm just gonna some kind of extensions. This Holly Leaf didn't really come out with as much definition is I'd hoped so. I'm gonna just add a little bit of kind of design ornamentation on here, keeping it really simple. Just adding a little bit of detail. And I think I'm also going to go around the outside edge of this one with the gold instead of black. - Okay , just give it a little bit of, ah, halo around the outside edge with that gold shimmery paint. Like how that turned out. I'm gonna let that drive for another minute before I put the glue on on. Then I have two more left. Um, and I think what I'm gonna try to do is add some text. I have a white, uh, paint marker, and so I'm going to first, let me close up my pain here. Just kind of sketch out since this is Christmas going to sketch out the way and one thing Justin, doing this right now since there is wood grain on here, I got a little bit of a splotch because the tip of the pen is kind of bouncing up and down as it's going across the grain. So if you're using a paint marker yourself, just be careful of that. I got a little splashing here. Doesn't bother me, but nice little ornament. And so I have one more. Um And with this one, I think I might also just do some ornamentation, Uh, kind of like I've done with some of the others. And there I just did a simple ring of some extra circles that you can see. And I think that just adds a nice little detail touch to it. So now I'm gonna come back here and just add the strings for each we're done would ones. 7. Making the Paper Ornament: All right, so now we're ready to make our paper ornaments. Okay, so for this, you're going to want all four prints for this. We're going to turn this into a single ornament. Now, of course, you could keep things really simple and just cut them out as they are in a circle and hang those on the tree that could be really pretty and simple, but I'm gonna try to make a little bit more of a three dimensional ball by putting, uh, two of the prince together and sliding together and doing that on double sided. So it's three dimensional signer type Christmas ball, so we'll see if that works. First step you're gonna want to do is turn each of these into the same size ball. And so you're just gonna take something as a template and cut out the same circle on each out of each print on. So I just found this lid from my fridge that was about the right size, and so you can position this where you want it to include the parts of the print you really want to include and exclude the parts that you might not like a much me to go somewhere right up along this edge. Here, take your regular old scissors and all right. So now you have all four cut out in perfect circles. You're gonna need to decide which ones are gonna be back to back and how you want them arranged. Eso I think what you have to keep in mind with this is that you're gonna be combining them with a line straight down the center. So what's right at the middle is gonna be the least visible. What's more of the edge is gonna be the most visible. So you could choose to point you know more detailed parts of your image towards the outside edge, or you could try toe, line it up. So things go exactly down the center. That's really up to you and your aesthetic. I think I'm going to try to line things up down the center and I'll see how my results end up. So I'm going to take these two and use them on reverse sides of each other. So I'm going to flip it over like this, and it's a type of thing that I don't think it needs to be completely perfect something like that right there. Okay. And then simply you're gonna want a straight edge in the case that this is heavy duty. Enough paper. I'm just getting a straight edge of this paper and find the half way point would be somewhere right around their draw. A late line. Make sure you're relatively close. Okay, then you're just gonna find center, which you could eyeball, but you can also, I just marked either side of my ruler here since its paper Fold that in half. If I line that up again, that will be at the halfway point, which would be right here. Okay, It's again. I'm gonna try to make sure I have things sort of lined up the way I want just going front to back because I'm not that concerned with it being perfect course. The more perfect do you wanted, the more time you're gonna have to take that step. And then I'm just going to cut straight up the center on that line, and I'm gonna cut just a little short of that center point. I can always go and cut a little bit more. Right. Measure twice. Cut once. Now I'm gonna go ahead and do the same thing with the other circles. Okay? Keeping in mind, though, that now I need the second set of circles to get their cut from the top. So I'm gonna line it up so that I still get that nice straight line. Light it up. Kind of down the center how I wanted same idea here. Lined this up at the edge, Top edge, down to center. Going to when? This one up back. And I'm going to cut from the top now, cutting from the and again, going a little bit short of center. Okay. And so now you're following along from home. Hopefully, you're seeing how this is going to play out. I'm hoping I cut all this correctly. Okay, so I have these two together, and I'm gonna slide one in a times That'll make my life a little easier sliding this in there. How far are we getting here? Okay, so I can see my line needs to be My cut needs to be a little bit deeper to be fitting that in there. So I'm gonna cut this and this just a tad bit deeper, then find this up down the center sliding it between ago. Okay, that's just about right. And one more. Just trying to get everything into a final position here. Okay, So you can see I got this all together, and it's lining up pretty well. But the one issue I'm running into is that it is Ah, it's thick enough that the paper is wanting toe warp in order to fit all that paper in between there. So I could try to fix this by making one of the slots a little bit whiter. And, uh, I'm just gonna choose this one and make it just, you know, papers with wide, as opposed to just come Let's live together much more easily. I didn't have to put as much pressure on it. Still trying to bend a little bit, but I think I'll find the happy place right in there somewhere. Okay, on. And so it's up to you how perfect you want this to be. You can see the edges of mine are bending a little bit so I could go back and widen the gap if I wanted to. Um and I could also go in with some glue and glue these edges together so they're perfectly flat. If that's the type of thing that you want, I actually don't mind it. Just being a little bit more natural of this, like paper craft idea. Um, but, you know, your mileage may vary. If you want to go in and be this perfectly flat disc of paper, then you should go ahead and add some glue neither too hot glue or just regular Elmer's of paper glue of some kind. Um, and also I wanted to point out that this project you could do with the pre coded, Sina type paper. If you were going to do that, I would recommend getting still getting some heavier paper like this, you know, watercolor paper or maybe card stock or construction paper, something that's a little bit more weight and gluing the thinner signing type paper onto that thicker paper and then doing the craft just like this just to give it a little more heft. Because that pre coated paper that you buy off Amazon or place like that it's so thin it's just not gonna hold up on even trying to glue two pieces of that together. It's probably gonna warp pretty badly, so Uh, and the last step for this one is that I'm gonna add just a little bit of hot glue at a couple of the corners to kind of keep it from changing too much and to add a little bit of a string. So here you have the ornament. A few little touched up, but pretty much it's ready for the tree. 8. Analyzing Them on the Tree: All right. So let's talk about your ornaments and how they look on the tree. For me, it's pretty easy to tell which ones are my favorite far and away, the little would ornaments that we made The wood circles are my favorite right here. 123 and four. I think all four of them are really beautiful. The when I left just completely plain, I think turned out really nice. And then the ones that I added some embellishment in gold and white with a tax died of joy . I just I think they're great. They work well on the tree there, about the right size for this particular tree. And also, I think they would work really well as gifts. You could certainly do something like a garland with them if you made, you know, a bunch of them, like 15 or 20 which is entirely possible. So those ones are my favor. Next in line would be the fabric ones. Okay. I have one of those are right down here and the fabric ones. I really like the quality. I like them on the hoop. The only complaint I have is that I should have tried to find a smaller group. I thought the five inch would be fine. I think four inch or even if you could find 3.5 or three inch would be better for the scale of most Christmas trees. Now, if you're trying to do something bigger, I think these scale is really nice. I like how simple it is on the fabric. I like being able to so into it. If that's something you have experience with embroidery or something like that, then certainly there's a lot of room to experiment with Sina type on fabric here, so maybe that would be your favorite. For that reason. I really like the quality of print that you get with prints on fabric, but I think it's just the scale is a little off for my tree in particular on then, my least favorite one would be the paper Christmas fault. I like how the prince came out okay, but I think I would have liked a lot more detail. I think maybe I should have gone with a smaller sized plant for that one so that the finished result would have more details in there as it is right now it turned into this very abstract ornament, which, in some cases, I would really like. But for this particular case, I think I would have liked it looking more like the plant itself. Is Emily potential there? And, um, I would also say the scale is probably slightly big for my trias. Well, it could have gone down a little bit smaller, and that might have pulled it together a little bit more as well. So those are my results. If I were going to make more, I would definitely choose to go with the wooden disks, the circles. I might even experiment with different shapes. If you go to the craft store, they'll have rectangles and all different types of things that you could try. And I really hope that you we're happy with some of the results you've got at least that you're able to use them to decorate this Christmas and for many future Christmases, and maybe to give them a some really special handmade gifts. All right, thanks so much for staying with me through this entire Siri's. I hope you had fun making your Christmas ornament with sign of type photography. I know I did. I'm really excited to be adding them to our decorations. I just want to remind do that. If you don't already follow me on school share, give me a follow so that you'll get the new content related to alternative photography and mostly scion, a type of photography. And if you're really proud of the results you got If you love your ornaments, well, then give him a share. Show him to the rest of the class with the project so that I can see it. So the rest of the class concede I'd really love to see your work. Of course, if you have any questions or you need any tips, I'd be happy to help you out there as well. So Merry Christmas. I'll see you next class.