Thanks cliveh - and yes, that's the first thing you learn studying Bromoil, there ain't just one way...

Regarding blotting paper - when the paper feels dry (or corners start to curl) during inking, it's placed back in the water tray, re-soaked, and must be blotted off before inking some more. That's where I'm finding ink lifts off, even when gently laid on blotting paper I get streaks.