Siân Hughes Cyanotype Art Workshop
Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE
Saturday 8th July
10.00am – 4.00pm
Workshop including materials and refreshments: £30
Pre booking is essential as places are limited.

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Cyanotype Art WorkshopThe Cyanotype process was invented by John Herschel in 1842. Paper Coated with light sensitive solution turns from yellowy green to grey under sunlight or ultra-violet light. Rich indigo colours appear when they are rinsed in tap water. Any objects placed paper or fabric leave behind a precise blue and white image.
It is quick – which means that experimentation is possible through layering various objects.
The impact of the colour is quite stunning and the results are always positive.


Cyanotype Workshop: an introduction to Cyanotypes

We will explore the Cyanotype process using good quality Bockingford watercolour paper. This is the quickest way to understand the process. We will spend the first part of the morning producing single layer exposures and then double layering technique. This will enable you to become familiar with using the equipment. You will then be able to explore your own materials and designs .
We will be using vacuum packs to create a good contact between the paper and the materials, and light boxes to expose the pieces.


I will be providing all the equipment and a range of materials for you experiment with, but you may like to bring some of your own.

Make sure materials are flat and not too bulky for the vacuum packs.

Translucent items let the light through work well eg:

  • Garlic skins [but not dried leaves and flowers]
  • Home made papers
  • Home pressed fresh flowers and petals
  • Items with interesting ‘open’ patterns
  • Some feathers
  • Lace
  • Embroidery

Dense objects don’t allow light through but can create good outlines:

  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Tomato tops, strawberry tops
  • Acetates and text on clear plastic
  • Black and white – but not colour – photographic negatives


Create and print negatives on overhead projector film

Go for post card size – no larger than A5