Cyanotype printing

Cyanotype Printing

The cyanotype workshop

Course date: Dates for 2022

to be announced

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Location: Online

Price: £50

The cyanotype, or ‘blueprint’ process, was the first simple and successfully realised practical
non-silver iron process discovered by Sir John Herschel in 1842. The cyanotype process uses a mixture of iron compounds which, when exposed to UV light and washed in water, oxidise to create Prussian Blue images.


The process was used well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost method to produce copies of drawings referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. It's of interest to note that Anna Atkins’s book, ‘Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions’, published in October 1843, is considered the first photographically illustrated book.

The online course will be a hands-on session in cyanotype printing from start to finish. You will be sent a cyanotype kit with the equipment you need including; 10 sheets of watercolour paper, some fabric, cyanotype chemicals, two transparent negatives of your own photos, 1 clip frame, brushes and instructions. All you need to bring is, an apron, a facemask, a glass jar and 1 teaspoon!

During the online workshop, we will show you how to mix the chemicals, coat paper and other porous materials, such as fabric, expose cyanotype prints to daylight, fix the image, and experiment with multiple uses of objects.


The course will be held on Zoom and you will be sent a video introduction two weeks ahead of the course.

This is a 1-day session between 1pm - 5pm with a follow up meeting the next day if the weather is cloudy and we are unable to fully expose our prints in time.


Maximum of 12 people.

Price £60. Book before 1st May and receive a £10 discount, limited time only.

Feel free to get in touch via email - with any questions you may have.

Dates for 2022 are to be announced.