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Cyanotype Workshop

Saturday 13 1.00pmAugust


Dimbola Museums and Galleries

Terrace Lane
Freshwater Bay
PO40 9QE

01983 756 814

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Cyanotype Workshop


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Saturday 13th August 1-3pm.

Learn how to make cyanotypes, a Victorian photographic process which produces beautiful blue prints.

The cyanotype is a 19th century photographic process, invented by Cameron’s friend John William Herschel, which uses chemicals that produce beautiful blue prints when exposed to sunlight. It was originally championed by Victorian botanist Anna Atkins to document plant specimens. During this two hour workshop you will be introduced to this wonderful technique and learn how to make your own prints using leaves and flowers.

After an introduction to the process and its history you will be shown how to coat your own paper with cyanotype chemicals. Whilst this is drying you will have an opportunity to make some test prints before using the paper which you have hand coated to create a range of images using sunlight to expose your images and then water to develop them. At the end of the two hour session you will leave with a range of prints. You’ll also receive a handout recapping the process and detailing a list of suppliers and online resources. This workshop is only suitable for adults due to chemicals being used.

This workshop will be led by Sally Gunnett, an artist who works with alternative photography and printmaking techniques and has over ten years of teaching experience. For more examples of her work go to:

All materials and equipment including aprons and gloves will be provided. Leaves and flowers will also be provided but you are free to bring your own items to create your image with.

Tickets are £40 (£35 For Friends*) + Booking fee Limited spaces available. *email [email protected] for discount code