Cyanotype || Printmaking Workshops!

I'm Teaching!

I'm teaching two workshops this fall at Crealde!  Both workshops are on cyanotype printmaking and will be very hands on.  One will be a basic cyanotype printing class where we'll make photograms (a photogram is an image made without a negative).  This class requires no photography skills, no camera, and will be so much fun.  It'll cover basic chemistry and printmaking and we'll spend about 3 hours together.

My other workshop will be more advanced.  We'll work with advanced chemistry for stop toning and color variation, as well as techniques for making negatives, which we'll be preparing and printing together at Crealde's print lab! We'll spend a day and a half together and you'll walk away with the technical skills needed to print archival pieces.  For this class you'll need to have a selection of photographs ready to print (film or digital), basic photoshop skills, and a no fear attitude about jumping into cyanotype printmaking chemistry.

You can sign up for my workshops HERE!  Below are a few examples of prints we'll be making in the advanced course. 

Rabbit's First Operation

Rabbit's First Operation

Reading on Dad's Steed

Reading on Dad's Steed

Cookies and Milk

Cookies and Milk

Ali Lanenga
Sandpoint || Idaho

In Idaho we traveled by kayak, ranger, motor boat, car, train, plane, and foot.  We swam, tubed, hiked, chased, climbed, and paddled.  We smiled, gathered hens eggs, screamed, thew up twice, drank way too much apple cider, watched the sunset across fields of bear grass, fed the alpacas sunflower seeds, were wide eyed about the number of stars and the view from the mountain tops, and all around had a wonderful time.  

Here are a few snaps from our vacation.

Ali Lanenga
The Back Patio

Continuing my home renovation series here is the back patio.  It's a simple space that we made with very little budget.  

First we removed the extra dryer vent and water hose and lots of extra wiring.  Each room in our house was hard wired for cable which seemed ridiculous to us because we don't even have a TV.  There was lots of just extra random non functioning things attached to the house back here, and they all we're taken down.  

When my brother visited he helped me build the benches out of concrete blocks that were just left in the yard.  The previous owners must have had a dog because the entire property line was bricked in.  We cleaned and glued and painted them and added some lumber and BOOM! BENCHES!  We also made some planters, because we just had so many.  I added plants, baskets, and cushions-- and the space is essential finished.  

A few other things: the large wood round is from the neighbors tree that i'll eventually have made into a side/coffee table, but right now acts as a footstool.  All the pants are from the Home Depot (my second home).  The pots are either from the Home Depot or Ikea.  The baskets are from Ikea, except for the larges basket which is from Target.  The cushions are from Ikea as is the side table and watering can.

Because we have two very large oak trees in the backyard, it's always covered in leaves no matter how many times we rake.  And since Florida has a year round growing season they are IMPOSSIBLE to keep up with.

Images from this set can be licensed through Stocksy United.

... and the before image

Ali LanengaFlorida House