Monday, September 20, 2010

Photo Painting Exercise

Hand-Colouring Home Printer Photos HOW-TO:

I printed  out my own black-and-white photos to colour with Epson Durabrite inks on Epson Glossy Photo paper.....just de-saturate your coloured ones to turn them into black and white..

The pens and inks I used to hand colour were rated permanent, smudge and bleed-proof....and were they ever! ( Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens- use the brush tipped ones - and  Staedtler Lumocolor pens , Pioneer Gel pens )

The TWO most important things I learned from doing these was:

1.    DO NOT  use pens DIRECTLY on  Glossy Photo looks awful, frankly.......covers all the shadows and gradations of tone up!

The exception is gel pens, which add nice highlights here and there ( see car chrome and cat's whiskers )

2.     Instead USE a damp -not wet - flat sable brush to transfer inks from the tips of your pens TO the paper surface

EASY , no?

I  have uploaded both the experimental first  WIP set and the final work to compare and see the real difference those TWO little easy steps make !

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