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Re: bromoil boot camp

What did you use for brushes?  I'm slowly exploring oil printing and have been 
trying a variety of locally available brushes.

The old literature I've read suggest people used very specialized brushes.

Did you use anything special?


On Saturday 25 August 2007 06:22:26 pm zphoto@montana.net wrote:
> Dear All,
> I am finally done with my wonderful 2 weeks in the North
> Carolina mountains--at Penland
> School where David Lewis taught a bromoil intensive.
> First, the school is excellent--the food, a full 3 meals a
> day, is worth the stay.  It is out in the middle of buck
> nowhere, so the chance to do your art full time is perfect.
> Most of us 10 students worked from 9 AM to about midnight
> every day.
> David was a trooper as well as a total HOOT.  He stayed up
> with us almost every night.  I did notice cocktail hour out
> on the patio of the photo lab getting sooner and sooner each
> night as the group warmed up to one another!
> All 10 of us got "exhibition" quality bromoils in that span
> of time--in fact most of us got about 10-15 prints done to
> satisfaction.  We learned to start small and work up to
> bigger ones.  I learned in several days enough to leave the
> workshop and feel I got my money's worth.  I really enjoyed
> David's dedication to teaching us. Of course, I started
> experimenting around with all kinds of Chrissie-techniques
> heheheheheh...no wonder he had to start cocktail hour early.
> One ingenious thing i will share with the group--he hit upon
> Kirkland Ink Jet Paper available at Costco as being a
> perfect digital negative substrate for bromoil.  I thought
> it might be less sharp or whatnot (show paper fibers, etc.)
> but I'll be darned--I calibrated bromoil while there on an
> Epson 1280 printer (I missed my 2400) a la PDN, got a curve,
> exposure time at F8 was about 26 seconds at the enlarger
> height I was using (135mm lens) so certainly times were not
> excessive.  The bromoils were as sharp as ever.  And in the
> span of time I could print out 20 (!) different digital
> negatives and go in the darkroom, press the enlarger button
> for a 26 second exposure and  develop, the others were
> dinking around with one image or two and test strips.  A
> plug for digital.
> At 17 cents a sheet of 8.5x11 this is a STEAL compared to
> Pictorico. David is going to try to see if the manufacturer
> would produce bigger sizes of this substrate, but the name
> of the manufacturer is not on the box except that the
> company is in Switzerland.
> One more thing--those with limited resources can apply to
> assist at Penland and get room and board and the workshop
> for free.  I will not say it is easy--I am pretty
> exhausted--but the price is right.  You can also work-study
> there for a session and the same applies but the much
> cushier position is teaching assistant because you do not
> miss classtime to prepare meals and such as the work-study
> students have to.  If I was younger, work study would be
> fine.  Many of the people are returning students so the
> experience is certainly life-changing in ways and quite
> positive.
> Chris
> Assistant Professor of Photography
> Photography Option Coordinator
> Montana State University
> College of Arts and Architecture
> Department of Media and Theatre Arts, Room 220
> P.O. Box 173350
> Bozeman, MT 59717-3350
> Tel (406) 994 6219
> CZAphotography.com