David Morgan-Davies

Although my work is often described as having a painterly quality, I have long had the desire to be able to emphasise this aspect through more hand-crafted printing techniques rather than through digital manipulation. With this in mind I have just finished a short 5 week course at Spike Print Studio in Bristol with Master printer Martyn Grimmer. This course focussed on Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate tri-colour printing.

Using digital negatives printed onto film and a UV light box, images are built up layer by layer by repeatedly exposing the same piece of paper¬†covered with a)¬†Cyanotype chemicals for the blue layer and b) a combination of Gum Arabic and Dichromate for the Yellow, Magenta & Black layers. With washing and drying the paper between applications it’s quite a slow and ¬†complicated process, requiring some patience! With time permitting colours can be repeated and new ones introduced.

Here are the results:

Cyanotype- Blue (Layer 1)



Gum Bichromate – Yellow (Layer 2)


Gum Bichromate – Magenta (Layer 3)


Gum Bichromate – Black (Layer 4)