Creating Anthotype Prints

11 Sep 2021

Regular hours

Sat, 11 Sep
13:30 – 16:30

Cost of entry


The Hub

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • National Express coaches have a service to Sleaford from London and from other major cities and towns. Sleaford is locally serviced by Centrebus and Stagecoach.
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  • We are a 5 minute walk from Sleaford train station which is serviced by East Midlands Trains. Sleaford is 1.5 hours from London and 1 hour from Nottingham and Leicester.

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Anthotype printing is a rare historic photographic process, a way of making natural and environmentally friendly prints by exploiting the photosensitive material of plants with no camera involved


Anthotype loosely translated from Greek means “flower print” and you will find yourself lost in the endless possibilities of nature’s beautiful palette.

A history, science and art lesson all rolled into one, the anthotype process was discovered in the 1800s and experimented with intensely by notable scientist Sir John Herschel in the 1840s during his quest to invent colour photography. Anthotypes are now considered an alternative photographic process, and many plants are yet to be tested out – maybe you will be the first to make a new discovery!

What will you learn?

·       Early history of anthotype prints, how it was discovered, detail of historic prints.

·       Science behind the anthotype process and working safely.

·       Extraction of pigment from plants to make a photographic emulsion and the surprising colours that are obtained.

·       Applying pigment to a substrate (fabric or paper based)

·       Considerations for designing a print.

·       Exposing an anthotype print

·       Storage and protection of exposed prints.

What will you take home?

You will take home x2 A5 print set ups to expose and a variety of other prepared papers to use at home.

Suitable for ages 16yrs+

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