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An introduction to cyanotype printing

Students' prints from workshop at Dorset Centre for Creative Arts

About the Course

I have brought my popular Cyanotype printing workshops online so that you can make the most of the lovely Summer weather by experimenting with this rewarding process.

The Victorian photographic printing technique is suitable for beginners, especially those people who think that they are not particularly artistic. It's also great for artists who want to augment their skills as there is loads of potential to take the Cyanotype into different media.

The technique was used in the 19th century by architects, engineers and scientists to copy drawings. By mixing Ferric Ammonium Citrate and Potassium Ferricyanide with sunlight, beautiful blue images are created.
It is such a magical process and people are always amazed and excited with their results.The chemicals are odourless and harmless when used under normal conditions.

In my video, you will learn how to light-sensitise watercolour paper and fabric, place objects on top and then expose to light to create blue prints.
Included in the price are some sheets of hand coated light sensitive watercolour paper and a piece of fabric to experiment with - I will send these through the post to your home address.

Angela Heron Watkins
''Angela is so generous with her skills and materials. I learnt so much and enjoyed every minute. I would highly recommend her workshops to anyone, complete beginner to professional artist." Pam Du Val May 2018

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What's included in the price?

- A link to my unlisted Youtube video, outlining the background to the Cyanotype and including a full demonstration of the technique, plus handy hints, and links to suppliers of the products I use. You will have access to this video for a year for future reference.
- Ten x A4 sheets of good quality watercolour paper, coated by hand with the Cyanotype sensitiser
- One x A4 sheet of commercially sensitised Cyanotype cotton to get you started on experimenting with fabric.

What you will need

At home, you would need the following:-
1. a table or work surface, covered with a protective cloth or newspaper,
2. curtains or blinds to dim the natural light whilst working,
3. a piece of A4 card or board to rest your paper on and a piece of glass or perspex to cover it (a photographic clip frame is ideal),
4. two old washing up bowls or something similar to wash the prints in with some plastic gloves,
5. access to running water and outside space or a windowsill,
6. newspaper to dry the prints on or a line on which to hang them away from the sun,
7. a few drops of hydrogen peroxide (6%), available from most chemists @£1.50. (this is optional).


Angela at Sunlight & Blue Cyanotype & Lampshade Workshops

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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