SolarFast Printing: Fun With Found Objects And Negatives!


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10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

$80 + $25 Supply Fee

Class Limit: 12 Students

Curious about printing with SolarFast? Absolute beginner? This one-day workshop is for you! No art experience necessary!

Create beautiful and intriguing compositions using junk jewelry, gears, lace, toys, old photographs, and more! Arlene will also demo SolarFast printing using images printed on transparencies as negatives.

SolarFast dyes develop colour and become permanent upon exposure to sunlight (UV). This unique property means SolarFast may be used to create remarkably detailed photographs, photograms, and shadow-prints on paper or fabric by harnessing the power of the sun! Anything you place on the painted surface to block the light will create a printed impression in a matter of minutes! Let Arlene Westen guide you through your adventure in this unique image making process!

Check out Arlene’s blog post: SolarFast: Sun prints in Colour!

About the Instructor: Multi-disciplinary artist, Arlene Westen, brings over 30 years of teaching experience to her students. Her proficiencies include mixed-media, collage, surface design, book arts, and printmaking.

After graduating from Grant MacEwan University with a Visual Arts Diploma, she earned two further baccalaureate degrees: Fibre Art (Honors) from Alberta University of the Arts, and a Studio Arts Degree (Honors with Great Distinction) from University of Lethbridge.

To see more of Arlene’s work, visit her Facebook and Instagram:

Facebook: @aweinspiredcreativity

Instagram: @arlenewesten

Instructor will provide SolarFast information handouts and 2 transparencies to demo.

The Paint Spot will provide SolarFast printing materials: SolarFast dyes by Jacquard, foam brushes, 8 x 10” frame with plexiglass and Masonite, plastic developing tubs, wax paper, cotton fabric (included in the supply fee).

Please Bring:

  1. Flat found objects (keys, gears, leaves, etc – must be able to lay flat under plexiglass frame) to use as negatives for your print
  2. Plastic bag or container to carry home your damp printed sheets in
  3. Apron or clothes that can be soiled without remorse, notebook (optional), lunch & drink, and your own PPE (gloves, mask, hand sanitizer)

You will receive a 20% discount on all art supplies from your registration until the end of the class!

Artelier is located at 10045 81 Avenue NW (back alley entrance). The workshop space is one block south of The Paint Spot.

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