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Cyanotype Taster


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 29th April 2023
2.00pm - 5.00pm
Tutor Leigh Burrows 

A thorough introduction into the historic cyanotype process, the first photographic printmaking process discovered in 1842. You will learn how to make and prepare your plate, the photochemical processes of preparing your paper and exposure times and methods, and making it all work to produce beautiful deep blue prints.

Course Structure

The workshop would begin with an explanation of the process, with examples of images so produced. Think about the materials used to create an image. These may be small objects that have clearly defined edges to create hard outlines, or more organic materials such as flower and leaves

  • The variability of the process will be discussed – length of exposure time, strength of the light etc., and a demonstration of an image produced. Participants will think about the composition of the image. Participants will be using mostly pre-prepared sheets which are A4 in size (or a smaller size if required).
  • We will also look at the process of making a plate, and this will lead into the first activity, which will be the participants’ opportunity to make some light-sensitive paper to use later in the workshop.
  • The participants will then use pre-prepared paper to make prints -arranging the composition on the light-sensitive paper and expose to sunlight or UV light, watching how the paper changes colour, and using judgement to stop the process. The paper can then be rinsed and left to dry, allowing the image to fully develop.
  • Finally participants can use their own prepared paper, and come together to look at what has been produced, discussing the variations produced.

About the Tutor

Leigh Burrows began printmaking after moving to the Calder valley, being inspired by the steep-sided wooded valleys and the rushing water of the Calder river.  Leigh is home-based and produces monoprints, cyanotypes and collages using water- and oil- based inks and a variety of papers. Her style is abstract and often colourful, but black ink has also featured widely in her latest prints.

    Leicester Print Workshop 

    Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

    We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


    Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

    Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

    In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

    Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


    Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.