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Cyanotype: Printing with Light

A course by Fábrica de Texturas
Design Workshop. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2015
, Design Workshop

Learn how to print any type of image from scratch using light

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (550)
  • 12764 students

Learn how to print any type of image from scratch using light

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (550)
  • 12764 students
  • 12 lessons (1h 31m)
  • 12 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Known as a photographic printing technique, cyanotype is a unique and easy manual process used to create print patterns, used by artists, botanists, and architects for almost 200 years. Through a photosensitive solution that dyes surfaces blue when in direct contact with light, it reveals original prints, with good definition and an intense, unique shade of blue. Xavier and Gabriela, professionals from the Fábrica de Texturas workshop, will guide you through a cobalt-colored journey through the cyanotype universe.

In this course, you’ll learn all the steps required to create your cyanotype prints with ease; from the preparation of the solution, to the creation of images on transparent media or photolith film, to exposing light and fixating color. Discover how to apply your prints onto different surfaces such as paper, fabric, wood, and ceramic, with the use of photos, plants, flowers, and even objects.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materials and tools
  • U3
    U3. Cyanotype application: photography, botany and illustration
  • U4
    U4. Surfaces, turns, and error resolution
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Xavier and Gabriela and how they craft their work at Fábrica de Texturas. Then, discover the origins of cyanotype and its evolution throughout history, seeing the different artists that have applied this technique in their illustrations, architecture, and other areas.

See all the necessary tools needed to create your own cyanotype prints at home, and how to prepare the solutions. Learn how to apply them, using fabric and paper surfaces, as well as other methods to obtain uniform or textured results.

Learn about the sunlight process and how to use natural sunlight or alternative sources of UV light to achieve the right intensity and sharp results.

Xavier and Gabriela teach you how to apply the cyanotype technique in three areas: photography, illustration, and botany. First you’ll learn how to prepare digital photographic negatives using Adobe Photoshop, then you’ll do the same process using hand-drawn negatives, to then create your prints using plants, leaves, and objects, known as physiograms.

In the final stage, once you’ve explored the use of paper and fabric surfaces, learn how to use other porous surfaces such as wood or ceramic to create your cyanotypes. You’ll also learn how to modify your final result to change the tonality using natural and chemical elements.

What is this course's project?

Select a type of application (photography, illustration, or botanic) and media (fabric, paper, wood, or ceramic) to print your pattern using cyanotype technique.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For all those interested in learning about this manual photographic printing technique. Illustrators seeking new formats and ways to apply their work, as well as those interested in handicrafts will also enjoy this course.

Requirements and materials

Previous knowledge is not required, however if you have basic knowledge of how to use Adobe Photoshop and photo editing, this will help you in the third unit of the course.

As for materials, you will need: brushes, trays or rectangular containers, a syringe, gloves or tongs, paper and fabric, and it is essential to to course that you have A and B solution: ferric ammonium citrate and Potassium ferricyanide, which you can find in any specialized store.


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Fábrica de Texturas

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Fábrica de Texturas is a 100% “Do It Yourself” project, based in Madrid since 2012. Behind this project is Gabriela Rodríguez and Xavier Robledo, two hand-made design enthusiasts whose philosophy is based on experimenting with artisanal techniques and visual arts to make contemporary, accessible creations.

Their popular DIY kits and workshops have led them to collaborate in diverse types of projects with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Ikea, Mahou, Fnac or DaWana.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Materials and tools

    • Materials and tools
    • Preparation of solutions and application
    • Heatstroke tests
  • U3

    Cyanotype application: photography, botany and illustration

    • Preparation of digital and manual negatives
    • Insoled and developed photos and illustrations
    • Botany and physiograms
  • U4

    Surfaces, turns, and error resolution

    • Other porous surfaces
    • Whitening and turning
    • Frequent questions
  • FP

    Final project

    • Cyanotype: Printing with Light

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Cyanotype: Printing with Light. Craft course by Fábrica de Texturas Best seller

Cyanotype: Printing with Light

A course by Fábrica de Texturas
Design Workshop. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2015
  • 99% positive reviews (550)
  • 12764 students