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Cyanotype print of a feather

Cyanotype and Argyrotype Darkroom

Duration: Weekend course
Dates: Sat 30 Mar 10:30 - Sun 31 Mar 2024 17:30
Location: Print Studio

Explore two traditional photographic techniques for printmaking.

Using the latest UV light equipment and Scottish sun light (potentially), the deepest of blues can be achieved in making soft atmospheric Cyanotype photographic images. And create atmospheric Van Dyke Brown tinted prints using the early photographic process of Argyrotype.

You’ll be taken through each process, including coating paper, making contact prints and negatives followed by exposing, washing, drying and toning. You will be working inside (including briefly in the darkroom but not in full darkness) and outside (for exposures). The number of prints made will in part depend on UV intensity that day.


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Need to know

  • What to bring

Flat objects, like feathers, plants, seaweed, stencils and lace, will be provided but feel free to bring anything you want to use. Ideally flat, as you will squash them under glass to make the prints. Acetate will be available to draw onto make your own stencil. 

You should also bring along a range of photographs from which we can make a digital negative for you by scanning them. Some images work better than others, so we need a few to choose from (your photographs will not be harmed by this process). If you’re able to send digital files please email them to Please send JPEG files of a high quality (300dpi) for printing out around A5 size. 

  • What to wear

We'll provide aprons and gloves but recommend wearing old cloths as printmaking can be messy. Please note that open-toed footwear and sandals are not allowed in our Print Studio.


  • Food & drinks

A sealed water flask or drinking vessel is permitted but other food and drinks are not allowed in the studio.

Meet your tutor

Photo of Kit Martin against an out of focus yellow and grey background,. She has long brown hair with a fringe and is looking off to the side

Kit Martin

Kit Martin is a freelance photographic artist and printmaker interested in where art and science crossover. She works with experimental, historical and more sustainable photographic processes as well as microscopic photography and community arts.
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