Trying Bromoil for the first time..need advice

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  1. Gay Larson

    Gay Larson Member

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    I have Gene Laughter's book and most of the supplies. I made my prints and am ready to bleach. I thought I ordered ink but only found out I did something wrong in ordering online and the order did not go through so no ink. However, I have a local guy who has graphic litho ink in black and sold me one pound for a nominal amount. My question is will it work as the suggested supplier? Is there a difference? It looks like black molasses.
     
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    Rembrandt Graphics (as well as B&S) carries a good selection of lithographic inks suitable for Bromoil. Yours will probably work fine - can always add a stiffener. I just started with Bromoil myself, and have Laughter's book, as well as David Lewis' book & a DVD by Gryspeerdt. Good paper is helpful - I got some Bromoprint paper from J&C. Good luck.
     
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    There are all kinds of inks out there. Not all of them are easy to use in Bromoil.
    Black Molasses would be a pretty soft ink - especially for someone just starting out. There are some Bromoilists that use only soft ink, but I wouldn't recommend trying it until you get used to the process.
    A good ink to start with is Graphic Chemical Crayon Black.
    You'll find it here under Lithographic inks.
    http://www.graphicchemical.com
    I'd also recommend stiffening it slightly. David Lewis sells a nice powder for stiffening inks.
    http://www.bromoil.com
    His inks are also very good.
    Good Luck - it's a beautiful process once you get the hang of it.
    Tom
     
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    Hi Gay, don't know a thing about Bromoil. That said, just wanted to say - WAY TO GO, glad to see you trying the process because I know you will do well with it.
     
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    I'm not an expert.
    Gene says he's not either, but don't believe him....

    why don't you PM him?
    he's a member here..

    http://www.apug.org/forums/member.php?userid=760

    by the way: I use aluminumhydrate as stiffener. works like flour..
     
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    Thanks, Mike...it all remains to be seen how this turns out. Nothing like trying something new!