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An Introduction to cyanotype printing

My Cyanotype work for sale at a recentMakers Fair

About the Course

It is so important these days to do things that are 'in the moment'. Creativity is good for your mental well-being and very rewarding. This creative process is suitable for beginners, especially those people who think that they are not particularly artistic.

The Cyanotype photographic printing process 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. (By the way, in case you were wondering, the chemical is odourless and harmless when used under normal conditions).

Using the Cyanotype process, you will learn how to light-sensitise watercolour paper and fabric, place objects on top and then expose to light to create blue prints. You will go home with a lovely selection of A4 prints that you can frame for oyur home! A lot of people love the process so much that they go on to create their own hand printed lampshades or silk scarves in my 5hr's quite addictive once you get started!

I keep my groups small (3-6 people) which means that you will receive lots of help if you need it.

To arrange a Cyanotype printing workshop, contact me to arrange a mutually acceptable time and location. I like to use natural light and use the outdoor space so I am reliant on the weather; April through to October is when I like to work. I'm happy to come to your local hall or even your own home if suitable; bring your friends or family!

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 All materials & equipment are included

You will need to bring a selection of plant material, and an apron to protect your clothes. A hairdryer is also useful.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and equipment.


Angela at Sunlight & Blue Cyanotype & Lampshade Workshops
Sunlight & Blue
Puddledock Lane
Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Limited mobility
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • Wheelchair users

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In-person course
- - #17506

We were very lucky to have a bright day in September to do our Cyanotype workshop. Angela provided all the materials for our lampshades, we just had to provide the decoration. Everything was well organised and Angela was an excellent teacher - very patient and good fun. Lovely way to pass a morning with friends and you get a lovely, unique lampshade at the end of it.

Thoroughly recommend.

In-person course
- - #17532

Great fun and great results.
Angela explained the process well and this interesting workshop just flew by. Angela had prepared some photos for us in advance so we managed to do organic and photographic images. We came away with loads!
If you like active crafting and super results you’ll enjoy this workshop.

In-person course
- - #23573

This course was fabulous. It is hard to say anything new that hasn't already been said in the reviews above. Angela is an excellent teacher, she provided all the materials and had prepared well in advance. She explained the process very clearly and organised everything very well, (even the sunshine). I met two lovely people and we all went home with results we were pleased with. I have ordered the materials and I will be continuing to practice this process.

In-person course
- - #24125

I had been longing to do the cyanotype printing course for a long time and finally managed to do one this morning!
Angela was great, really took time to explain everything and come up with suggestions.
A great laid back atmosphere, and I’m happy to say I’m pleased with my results.
I will definitely be attempting this on my own!

In-person course
- - #24411

I spent a most enjoyable morning with Angela who organised everything we needed for the class, including the sun. I experimented on both paper and fabric and trialled a number of different objects - seed heads, photos, stencils - and different exposure times.
It’s a fascinating technique which Angela explained extremely well. I look forward to further experiments.

In-person course
- - #24412

Relaxed informative and productive. Two hours of experimental workshop. I would certainly recommend.

In-person course
- - #24926

Spent a wonderful afternoon making a lampshade and many experiments with lengths of paper and fabric. We learnt about the technique and with Angela's calm manner and encouragment, felt confident to have a go and try different objects and materials. We had so much fun and excitement when seeing what everyones efforts looked like. Some really surprising results. Highly recommended especially in a group.

In-person course
- - #26400

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Response from Sunlight & Blue Cyanotype & Lampshade Workshops:

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Claire.
Best wishes

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