Printer’s Ink Revisited

An update from 16 October — what a difference a week makes. Got the chlorine bleach and made a solution of hot water and bleach, 1:8 bleach to H20, and gave the print a bit of a bath.

A light brush of the print cleared away nearly all the excess and brightened the image over all. Yes, the exposure and processing need more work, I need to use a much less textured paper, and think about using oil paint instead of intaglio ink, BUT I’M NOT UNHAPPY WITH IT. Clearly, this will be a fun direction to pursue…

The Smell of Printer’s Ink…

I’ve started exploring a new-to-me old process called “gumoil” — it works on the principle that various chromates harden gums and other proteins when exposed to light. There’s a whole nexus of process based on this concept: Gum bromoil, gum bi/dichromate, carbon transfer, carbro… all of them related by this basic action. It is NOT based on silver.

In this case, the image is formed by the adhesion of printer’s ink to the areas not exposed to light (and thus the gum is dissolved when the print is placed in water).

Just started working with it, using up some older paper.