Full fee: £67.00 | Over 65s: £60.30 | Benefit: £53.60
Tutor: Martin Edwards
Salt printing is the earliest photographic process on paper, using negatives.
In this workshop you will mix the photo sensitive chemicals, coat the paper, then expose and develop the prints. Salt prints give a warm brown colour. In the mid 1830s William Henry Fox Talbot made the first viable photographic print on paper using his salt printing process.
In this workshop you will try it out to produce warm brown prints using negatives or found objects. You will have the opportunity to mix the light sensitive chemicals, coat the paper, expose and develop it to give a lasting result on high quality art paper.
All equipment and materials will be supplied; chemicals, paper, etc, but you will need to bring objects through which to expose the paper.
The paper itself will be around A5 in size, with a slightly smaller image area. The chemicals can stain so wear old clothes; non-allergenic gloves are supplied.
Bring a selection of objects. Ideally, they will be translucent, thin enough for light to shine through quite easily. Hold them up to the light, and if they allow some light through in some areas, and are darker in others, they will probably be fine.
Examples are flowers, leaves, feathers, drawings on tracing paper (good, solid lines and shading rather than light in tone), glassware with thick stems or patterns, cut-out shapes, and so on.
3D objects can work well, but we can only print them on a sunny day, as they will not go in the UV exposure box.
While it is not necessary to bring negatives, silver negatives or digital ones on transparency material can make good prints.
Negatives of either kind would ideally be full toned with good contrast, without being very dense and black, or very thin and clear.
Inkjet transparencies can be tricky to print on without overloading the ink and making them blotchy - printers vary greatly and this will need some trial and error with printer settings. I get the best results with Permajet Digital Transfer Film, it is pricey but has very good ink retention.
Invert the positive black and white image, and flip horizontally, before printing the negative.
Silver negatives are denser and can have longer printing times. The prints will be the same size as the negatives, so formats larger than 35mm are better if you can.
The tutor will bring a selection of negatives for you to use, so that you can try a range of objects and negatives regardless of what you are able to make in advance.
Please note: All 10, and 12 week courses have a half term break in the middle. For term dates please visit our Contact us page. We are not open on bank holiday Mondays and any class that falls on these days will be made up at the end of term.
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If a course has already started, please call the office as it may be possible to join after the start date. This may only be possible if the course is not already full, if it is not disruptive for the other students and you are aware that you have missed a percentage of the course and the tutor will not have time to catch you up. This will be at discretion of the Folk House. We run our courses termly, so it might be best to start at the beginning of the course.