This is an interesting thread. I've played with using a pencil on the back of my paper negatives for contact printing. Having the ability to also use an eraser was a big advantage! At the time I remember wondering about taking it further, for example using yellow and pink ( or magenta if such a thing exists ) highlighters to also work on the contrast for a VC print. I didn't want to put ink on the back of my paper negatives, so I didn't try it, but this is making me think about coloring on a transparency that could be sandwiched onto the contact print. The thing is that I usually split-grade print my contacts and burn like a regular print and it is a lot of fuss and work with test strips and setting up the contact each time... there is something appealing about having that work aiming toward a permanent mask that could be used to make the print repeatable and stored with it!
The idea of having a set of masks that does all the dodging is pretty neat. Thanks for the examples!
Question: any ideas about where to look for green/blue or yellow/magenta inks or paints that might be useful for experimenting with this? Would you mix pink ( i.e. partially red ) for partial dodging?
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