It feels real good to be in the drivers seat. After a month of getting my groove back with the Bromoil process, I feel I have finally gotten enough tools back in my shed to be able to help express what the print needs to say. Each bleached print of any particular artist presents its own problems and opportunities. My process is thus:
1. wet the print and get the paper saturated so that the gelatin can absorb ink (or in the case of the highlights, reject it)
2. create my ink palate that I will pull my base ink from. This is usually a brown left alone or mixed and lightened with yellow, or thickened with red ink.
3. after laying my dark base down with a small soft paint roller, I will sometimes add a colored 2nd base down.
4. using the hard roller I then start to make multiple passes over the entire print. This maneuver spreads the inks to the accepting shadow areas and with faster and lighter passes, moves the ink OUT of the highlights.
5. from here the image is emerging and i can use Saran Wrap, a wet towel, or a dry towel to move around the ink and create some custom highlights.
I had so many breakthroughs today as I used different ink color bases and varies my roller technique. I realized i am creating my own type of application process as I have not seen any Bromoils like this online. I can't wait to teach this on September 19th! I hope people sign up for this...I would If i could but I am teaching it
Go To www.zacksmith.photography for the How to Bromoil Photography Workshop!