Solar Painting: Ferns, Flowers and Filigree by Petra Sara
You are invited to participate in this exciting workshop by Petra Sara.
Solar painting is a process using inks or fluid watercolour dropped on paper and put in the sun for the print to develop. It does not require a press, or toxic chemicals, but creates similar light and dark patterns as cyanotypes.
In the demo, ferns, leaves and flowers will be used to create patterns.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own collection of items or stencils cut ahead of time. Any other printing plates you have, which can be printed onto a colourful background, will be suitable for embellishing the solar prints with further printmaking layers to add complexity.
Petra Sara is a PAWA committee member, and has completed printmaking, painting and Visual Arts courses in North Metropolitan TAFE.
Materials to bring:
Variety of pattern making materials. Eg Dried leaves, flowers, nets, feathers, beads, seashells or other opaque objects. Collect pressed leaves at least a week early. Cut Stencils will also work. Salt will create bloom patterns.
Extra Aluminium foil or plastic trays to fit your paper.
Japanese paper, Extra Rice paper, (some supplied). Thicker printmaking paper, watercolour paper and canvas are less ideal for the process because the inks soak in, rather than flow.
Water Spray bottle, palette, pipette and tools.
Art Spectrum Inks, some supplied.
Carved Lino or Etching plates to combine with today’s prints in a second layer. (optional)