There may be threads on this but if so my ability with the search facility isn't up to finding them.
What I have in mind is being able to place words either on the print or below the picture in the white border. A friend who has succumbed to digital can of course simply print anything he likes anywhere he likes on his inkjet print with any font and size using his computer.
In the darkroom it's presumably not so easy. All I have come up with so far is printing( via a printer that is) black words on a clear acetate which could be placed on top of the paper to get permanent white writing on the print
Getting black writing on the borders is something else again. There may be pens which will write permanently on RC paper but even if there is, the look would depend on my "freehand ability" (poor) and is unlikely to match a word processor machine produced font.
I feel sure I have read in a previous edition of the FirstCall brochure in the U.K.that a signature could placed on RC paper by filing a fountain pen with fixer or dipping a pen nib and signing the paper prior to exposing. Would this work? It would be like writing with invisible ink. Might be OK for a simple signature but hopeless for titles where spacing and size need to be kept the same.
Anybody attempted this? All ideas gratefully received. It's a bit like the famous black line round a print then the white border. Easy in digital but difficult by hand despite what Tim Rudman says on his Master Printing book.
Actually for what it is worth, FirstCall(again) seem to have solved this with a Versamask. This not only gives perfect right angles borders but a black line by using an insert which is slightly smaller than the border mask creating a line when placed on top of the print after exposure and then re-exposing.
The website is www.versamask.de It's all in German. It looks an ingenious idea.Invented by Karl Zoepfl. Perhaps one of our bilingual members could give us an opinion of it.