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RE: bromoil boot camp


David Lewis managed to get a company in England to produce some good quality
brushes for him which he sells as David Lewis Bromoil Brushes. You can buy
them directly from him through his website. The primary brush is made of hog
hair and Fitch for finer work. His site is www.bromoil.com

You can get his bromoil paper through Photographer's Formulary as well.


-----Original Message-----
From: Gordon J. Holtslander [mailto:gordon.holtslander@usask.ca]
Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 8:47 AM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: bromoil boot camp

Can you find our what kind of brushes they are?  Where they could be


On August 27, 2007 8:16:55 am Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
> Hi Gord,
> Yeah, we did; we used his brushes, the ones shaped like a stag foot or
> something?  What I learned was that the ink really only goes on the very
> tip of that brush, not on the whole bottom, and you do all the motion with
> that tip--hopping, stippling, walkabout, etc.  So the tip needs to be
> springy. One of the students got the softer haired brush (is it, fitch?)
> and the ink up detail was much finer with the finer hairs, so I was able
> see the benefit of different hair in the brush, too.
> Having done a bunch of bromoils a couple years back that were pretty poor,
> I realize part of the reason was too much ink and using a roller/brayer.
> So for me, the brush made a huge difference, as does non-supercoated
> Also not using a hydroquinone based developer which hardens gelatin, and
> really at every step of the way watching your technique--distilled water
> the bleach bath instead of tap to eliminate the variable of water, etc.
> etc. It's somewhat like gum in that sense--so many variables that if you
> start "tight" with the variables and then loosen up you can more easily
> figure out what is wrong.
> As soon as I "loosen up" I will try Ilford supercoated, using a regular
> paper developer, etc., and varying the ink softness to accomodate, plus
> using other brushes like shaving brushes and such.  But for now, tight is
> the way to go until I get proficient.  I am sure there are many on this
> list (Ed Buffaloe, for instance) who are very loose with their technique
> this point.
> Chris
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gordon Holtslander" <gordon.holtslander@usask.ca>
> To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
> Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:40 PM
> Subject: Re: bromoil boot camp
> > What did you use for brushes?  I'm slowly exploring oil printing and
> > 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?
> >
> > Gord

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