Derek makes an interesting point here that is beautifully illustrated by his
recent workshop experience.
I really don't understand this fray about how ink is put onto the surface
gelatin of a bromoil matrix. It is not the words of experts but only the
final completed print that is the determining judge and jury in how well a
technique works. The road the worker chooses to follow in order to get to
that completed print is of no real consequence, or at least it is not to me.
Apply ink with a dabber, a brayer, a brush, your fingers, a sponge, crumpled
newspaper, a broom or whatever. As long as that final print is successful why
would (or should) anyone question the techniques which the artist used? Who
I use a lot of unorthodox (by traditional standards) bromoil techniques.
Should these techniques be abandoned because experts and gurus say they won't
work or shouldn't be used?
Example: I often use abrasive materials on a bromoil print. Steel wool, sand,
grits, etc. I use these materials to impart surface texture and streaks.
Neither expert nor guru would condon such radical methodology. I feel that
this technique works for me with certain images, however. The use of these
materials is my choice and my final print is mine! Am I not allowed to
choose my own materials and my own techniques to produce my own prints?
I am new to this list and therefore perhaps I am missing something important