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Oil Printing - Ellie Young - 1Day



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Oil printing is the predecessor of Bromoil printing. This recognised by  Englishman G.E. Rawlins in 1904 as an artistic creative expression in photography, although the observation of this process was first made by Alphonse Louis Poitevin in 1855.

The oil pigment process works on the principles of lithographic printing where oil rejects water.

Gelatin-sized paper is coated with potassium dichromate solution, dried, and exposed through a contact print negative. The gelatin is selectively hardened in proportion to how light is exposed onto the paper through the negative. The paper is washed, dried and re soaked in water, the gelatin then swells in proportion to the hardening.  Thick oil-based printing ink is applied to the paper, it remains on the areas with hardened gelatin and the water-swollen areas repel the ink.


This is a hands on workshop where the participants will produce a number of photographs. Outline of the day:

1. The negative (includes instructions on creating digital negatives)

2. Paper choices

3. Gelatine & dichromate coating methods

4. Exposure

5. Washing

6. Ink and inking methods

All materials including lunch is provided - Starts at 9.30 am and concludes at 4.30 pm

Ellie has been practicing and studying the art craft and science, of ‘alternative’ photographic processes since 1994. More information click professional instructors


Negatives or digital files to create inkjet negatives:

All other materials including lunch is supplied: - bring an apron or lab coat or old comfortable clothing other materials including lunch is supplied, - wear old comfortable clothing


Price: $350.00

Start Time: 8:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

Date: August 14, 2020

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