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Sat, 19 Jun


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Cyanotypes, Sun Prints and Anna Atkins: Early photography ONLINE Workshop (1)

Join in with the live workshop on Instagram or in your own time following a recorded tutorial. An early form of photography printing that uses the sun’s rays to produce blue prints. They say it's science but it feels like magic!

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Cyanotypes, Sun Prints and  Anna Atkins: Early photography ONLINE Workshop (1)

Time & Location

19 Jun 2021, 12:00 – 12:30

Instagram Live

About the Event


To find out more and sign up click here: PRINT CLUB

Cyanotypes or sun prints are an early form of photography that use natural chemicals and the sun's UV light to produce beautiful blue prints. It's so simple to do that anyone can have a go, even children with a little bit of supervision. Print in your garden or local park with friends and family, adhering to current limited numbers and social distancing, of course.

How it works and what you get: You'll be sent 5 x pieces of ready-to-use cyanotype paper. These are circular (carrying on the sun theme) and measure approx 20cm / 8" in diameter. Store the envelope in a dry, cool, dark place and do not open it until you're ready to print. Before printing make sure you have to hand all the equipment listed below. Lay leaves, flowers, feathers etc. on top of the paper, hold them down with a plastic sheet and leave it in the sun. The sun's rays will only react to the parts of the paper that have not been covered over so when you wash out the chemicals the shape of the leaves, flowers, feathers etc. will remain.  

These also make great presents to send to friends and family, to let them know you’re thinking of them, just complete their address on the booking form.

Sales end a week before the workshop, at which point the cyantopes will be sent out to you. UK only FREE postage and packaging. If you would like a quote on postage outside of the UK please contact me

You have the option to join the Instagram Live broadcast at 12pm and print along or you can print in your own time using a recording which will be sent to you within 3 hours of the workshop ending. 

What you'll need to get ready for the workshop:

  • A clip frame no smaller than A4 size (for health and safety reasons we suggest plastic rather than glass) If you don't have a clip frame then you can use a piece of thick cardboard or MDF no smaller than A4 size and the clear part from a picture frame (for health and safety reasons we suggest plastic rather than glass
  • If you're not using a clip frame then 4 x pegs or 4 x bull dog clips
  • A selection of leaves, flowers, feathers, grasses that you'll use to make your design
  • Scissors (optional)
  • A bucket of cold tap water or access to a tap

What if it's overcast? You can still print. Hooray! The exposure time will be longer and your print will be a lighter blue but it's still possible.

What happens if it rains? Unfortunately if it rains on the day you won't be able to create your sun prints but as long as you keep them in a cool dark place then you can use them when it's sunny again! The recording will be sent to you within 3 hours of the Facebook Live workshop ending.





  • Cyanotype workshop


    This includes admission to the online workshop and cyanotype papers sent to your UK home.


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