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Cyanotype techniques with Liam Biswell


About the Course

Come and join our printmaking maestro Liam Biswell for a workshop where you will learn about the fascinating process of Cyanotype. Once used to create blueprints, this partially forgotten technique can produce wonderfully unique and striking prints.
During this two-day workshop Liam will guide you through a variety of cyanotype techniques including photographic, hand drawn and stencil photograms. We will also explore toning and tanning techniques to push and develop your prints further taking them away from the cyan colour and into rich sepia tones

Set within a beautiful studio, you can immerse yourself in the technique and explore it at your own leisure!

You will learn:

How to select and edit suitable images for cyanotype.
How to draw onto true grain / acetate
How to work with photographic chemicals
How to work with various lightsources
How to produce digital negatives
How to add toning/tanning variations to your prints
Working into your prints to develop them further

Suitable for?

Anyone. We generally advise that students be 14 years old+ though exceptions can be made where appropriate.

Pre course prep:

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to work from your own ideas and develop them in your own unique way. On day two you will be working with your own chosen images – these could be photos, drawings, diagrams, patterns, text
With that in mind, we ask that you collect a few images and bring them along on a memory stick/ipad etc
On booking you will be given advice on what images work best so that you can make informed decisions
This course is for you if:

You want to learn new skills
You need a creative confidence boost because this medium is easy to learn and allows for nice artist exploration
You want to create unique, bespoke gifts for family and loved ones!
You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
You love creativity and want to try a little-known medium
Beyond The Course

Having completed the course there are possibilities for you to continue to explore etching further. Liam can advise you in where to source materials and equipment.

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&Bs and hotels.

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?

Step by step guidance from Liam throughout the sessions.
Visual presentation and demonstrations to inspire.
A relaxed, informal learning atmosphere and a community of fellow artists and crafters to share the learning experience with.
Relaxed & attentive one-to-one guidance for every student.

You’ll get step by step guidance from Liam throughout the sessions
With visual presentation and demonstrations
All materials included in price
A relaxed, informal learning atmosphere and a community of fellow artists and crafters to share the learning experience with
Frequent refreshments – tea, coffee, cake & biscuits included
Beautiful countryside setting


James Ort at The Phoenix Studio
The Phoenix Studio
Chinnor Rd
Towersey, Near Thame
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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Children
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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