How do I make smooth, flat, thin, even and bubble-free gelatin coatings on water-colour paper? Anwering this is crucial if I’m to make good Bromoil, Oil, Carbon Transfer and hand-made silver gelatin emulsion prints …Continue reading
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:
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.
I have been playing with this particular scene using Bromoil to get an understanding of the different looks that I can create …Continue reading
Quite a while ago I attempted a Bromoil portrait which ended up heavy-handed. I have now managed a more delicate picture …Continue reading
A while back I acquired 15 sheets of Finesse bromoil paper. This post looks at how I handled it for Bromoil.Continue reading