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Online Cyanotype Workshop

Date: 08 May 2021
Sat, May 8, 202110:00 AM  Sun, May 9, 202112:00 AM
In this 4 hour workshop over 2 days, you will learn to make cameraless photographs using this historical photographic process.

About this Event

You will learn to make cameraless photographs using this non-toxic historical process that originated in 1842 and produces permanent blue and white images.

This will be a relaxed workshop suitable for adults and teenagers. We will be starting indoors then moving outside when each print is ready to expose, to put it in the sun (it will also work on a cloudy day), then back inside again. So you will be away from Zoom for some of the time.

Part 1 of the workshop will be on Saturday from 10-12 when we will be chatting about the process, learning about it’s origins and other interesting things, then coating paper. You will make a print using a sheet of paper that I send already coated. 

Part 2 will be on Sunday from 10-12, when we will be making prints with the paper coated the previous day. There will be plenty opportunity for feedback, questions and tips due to the small class size.

Don’t worry if it is an overcast day – we can still get results, but it will just take a bit longer.


I will post a kit to you a few days before the workshop.

The kit contains:

Cyanotype chemicals;

  • one bottle of potassium ferricyanide

  • one bottle of ammonium ferric citrate

A foam brush

A4 glass clip frame

Paper - 8 sheets to fit in A4 frame

Coated paper - 1 sheet to fit in A4 frame

Latex gloves


You will need:

Indoor space that you can make fairly dark, or at least with no sunlight streaming in (i.e. close currtains/blinds, while coating the paper). This space will need good wifi or data and you will need to access Zoom to follow along with me.

A dish to hold your chemicals (ideally not for food - a recycled plastic tub or old plastic bowl. Not metal).

Access to outdoor space to take each print outdoors for exposure to uv light. A windowsill will do, if you feel that it is safe to have your frame there without the risk of it falling!

Access to cold water and ideally a tray that is at least A4 size and at least 2 inches deep. If no tray, a sink or bath will do.

A washing line/clothes drier and pegs (indoors) or blotting paper or cardboard, for hanging or laying prints out to dry.

Some flat objects. These can be anything from leaves, plants (dried or fresh but not wet) feathers, lace, netting, a protractor, drawing / writing on acetate, a photographic negative printed out onto acetate (smaller than A4; ask me if you want more info on this), stencils…

(It is possible to work with 3D objects, but shadows will become a part of the image and if it’s a windy day, these could move in the wind as they won’t be clipped under the glass frame).


A brush (N.B. it may get stained) and/or j-cloth for applying chemicals.