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Cyanotype (Sun) Printing

Flowers photogram on cyanotype, sun print in Prussian blue

About the Course

Cyanotype (sometimes called Sun Printing) is a Victorian era photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

It is a simple, quick, inexpensive and one of the oldest historical photographic printing process. For this reason, it is one of the first processes tried by many of the people who are now turning to archaic photographic techniques.

The pictures are coming out in famous Prussian blue prints, but if the picture is toned, there are many options. It can be toned with tea, coffee or tannin after previous bleaching with alkali. Depending on the toning used, it is possible to obtain various shades of grey, black, brown.

Many people are familiar with the photogram technique. Objects are placed directly onto light sensitive paper, which is then exposed, typically forming silhouettes of the objects where they blocked the light source. However if you want to print a classic picture (made by camera) you need a large size of photo negative for contact printing.

You are welcome to bring along any exposed B&W film (or negative) of your own, whether 35 mm, 120, 5x4 format or bigger. You will be able to print from them and can take prints home. However, if you don’t have any analogue negative, I will ask for digital photographs in advance by email. I will make these into a negative prior to the workshop, allowing you to create your own photographic cyanotype print.

Feel free to bring any flat, translucent object (pressed flowers or leaves, feathers, translucent paper with interesting pattern, etc.) to make photograms or bring any fancy, light-coloured paper you would want to experiment with during the cyanotype process.

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?

In the price included: tea, coffee, all materials used during the workshop, a piece of pre-sensitised textile and 1 or 2 printed negatives.

For the negatives I need pictures emailed to me before the workshop.


Attila Pasek at Attila Pasek Photography
107a Haviland Road
Factory Studios
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  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel

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