Serendipity is Lesley Riley’s middle name. She would rather create one hundred random, happy accidents than one piece with a perfectly planned and achieved outcome. It is very liberating to make something that is, for the most part, out of your control. It releases the angst that can come with artmaking and kicks your inner critic’s butt out the door. Plus, the absolute simplicity of cyanotype’s nearly fail-safe technique and chemistry practically guarantees that you will create many successful prints within a short time.
Now, of course there are some methods, means and materials that you need to know about to get the results that you lust over. That’s where Lesley comes in. In this three-day workshop, we will start with the basics of cyanotype printing and quickly move onto the many variables that make wet-cyanotype printing so magically delicious. You will learn all Lesley’s methods, tips, tricks and best practices regarding: paper, fabric, plants, water, water application, workspace setup, contact printing, alternative materials, solution mixing & application, additives that change the chemistry & color, post print processing, timing & temperature, troubleshooting results, turning blah into beautiful, and what not to do.
In addition, there will be an after-hours optional iPad/iPhone photography lesson on using digital editing and apps to turn your cyanotype prints into colorful layered digital images that Lesley calls Modern Botanicals. You will leave this retreat with a library of possibilities and an encyclopedia of techniques that will keep you inspired and busy for years to come.
About Lesley Riley
Lesley Riley wears many hats. She is an internationally known artist, instructor, writer and Artist Success coach and mentor who turned her initial passion for photos, color and the written word into a dream occupassion.
Her art and articles have appeared in too many places to keep count. As former Contributing Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Lesley developed a passion for showcasing new talent in mixed media art. Her first book, Quilted Memories, brought new ideas and techniques to quilting and preserving memories. Fabric Memory Books, combined fabric and innovative ideas with the art of bookmaking. Two more books, Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur and Create with Transfer Artist Paper, introduced versatile new materials to the quilt and mixed media art world. Creative Image Transfer and Creative Lettering Workshop round out the list of publications. Her 2013 self-published Amazon best seller, Quotes Illustrated, was expanded and republished by F&W Publications as Inspiring Quotes Illustrated.
In an ongoing effort to find the best ways for quilters and mixed media artists to get permanent photos on fabric, Lesley introduced Transfer Artist Paper™, named the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) 2011 Most Innovative new product, and a line of Reverse Alphabet Stamps for printmaking techniques, like gel plates, that require mirror image lettering.
Lesley is the former host of the Art & Soul Podcast, recording over 75 podcasts on art and the creative process through in-depth interviews with contemporary artists. Her passion and desire to help every artist reach their creative dreams and potential has led her to write a trade non-fiction book on the creative process, drawing from her own experience, insight, and a knack for identifying what’s preventing creative dreamers from being creative doers.
Her current work with leaves began three years ago when she moved from the city to a mountain forest, and her eyes and heart were opened to a new, deeper and more meaningful form of creative expression. Inspiration literally falls at her feet. Lesley combines the 150 year old cyanotype process with a little water (wet cyanotype) and modern digital technology to enhance and be witness to the inherent beauty of leaves.
Lesley creates her magic on an idyllic mountain top hideaway in Cascade MD, where she lives with her high-school sweetheart husband. You’ll find her in her creative hideout from sunup to sundown unless, of course, any of her 11 grandchildren come to visit.
Learn more about Lesley Riley on her website: https://lesleyriley.com
Rates & Enrollment
Day Student Tuition: $435.00
Full 3-Day Package*: $1,171.00-1,283.00* + Service Charge & Tax
*3-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 3 full class days, 4 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).
Get more information about your options to enroll here.