darkroom-based photography

Category: Alt-Pro

Alternative process photography

Preparing for oil prints

Recently I went to a local exhibition of oil prints of scenes of the Wirral. The pictures were something to behold. The Oil method predates Bromoil but both belong to the same family of printing techniques that rely on the immiscibility of oil and water.

One of the frustrations of working in Bromoil is the lack of papers that take ink in the right way. The Oil method requires that you coat your own paper with sensitized gelatin. rather than buying commercial photo-sensitive paper. The process is quite long and finickety but so is Bromoil when it’s not working to plan, as 70% of my attempts end up.

So I plan to have a go at the Rawlins Oil Print, as I really like the result when it’s done well.

The first step is to write out a menu for myself and acquire all of the ingredients and kit. This I have now done. So here is the menu:

Page 1 of my oil printing menu
page 2 of my oil printing menu

No doubt I will need to amend them as I go along, but it’s the best description I can put together having read quite a few articles and seen a few videos about it. As well as talking in detail with the artist at the local exhibition.

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