Photographs by Frank

30 November 2020

More Hand-Colored Photos

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Hand-Coloring — Frank @ 11:31 PM

Here are two more hand-colored inkjet prints made in the past couple of days.

Both of these were printed on using Epson’s Advanced Black and White mode on 200 gsm hot press Fabriano Artistico paper. The paper is about as traditional a water color paper as you can find.

The bird houses were colored using Faber Castell water color pencils and blended using, unsurprisingly, water!

The shovels were colored using Prismacolor Premium pencils and blended with a 1:1 mixture of turpentine and vegetable oil as I have mentioned previously.

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Bird Houses
Bird Houses
Shovels ( But No Rakes or Other Implements of Destruction)
Shovels ( But No Rakes or Other Implements of Destruction)

All of the hand-colored images I’ve shown thus far have been printed on 5×7 inch paper. The image size is 4×5 inches or 4.5 inches square. My standard size(s) for small prints. (I’ve cropped away some of the blank paper from the scanned images displayed here.)

I am evolving a method for making this type of print. I start by making one or more “drafts” on an inexpensive paper (Fabriano Studio) in which I experiment with colors and blending. I make notes on the back of these drafts as to the colors used and other details. My intent is to file away the last of these drafts in case I want to go back and make another copy at a later date.

Next, I make an artist’s proof on a nicer paper at the 5×7 inch size. This is an object that I consider finished and worthy of matting and display.

Only at this point do I consider a larger print either on the same paper as the ‘proof’ print, or if I am feeling adventurous on a different paper.

Thus far, I have made copies of the above two photos on 8×10 inch paper. The image size is 7×9 inches, or about three times the area of the smaller prints. These take a lot more time to complete… as one would expect!

I guess that the next step is to consider editioning. Although I am not sure what I would do with even a small edition of a single print.

22 November 2020

Hand-Colored Prints

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Hand-Coloring — Tags: — Frank @ 9:45 PM

I have been experimenting! Is that a big surprise!?

Specifically, I have been hand coloring black and white inkjet prints.

After making a regular black and white inkjet print, I use Prismacolor Premier colored pencils to add color to the paper. The wax-based pigment is then smoothed out and blended using cotton swabs dipped in a 1:1 mixture of turpentine and vegetable oil.

I learned about this method from a book titled “Hand Coloring Black & White Photography: An Introduction and Step-By-Step Guide” by Laurie Klein (see: https://www.amazon.com/Coloring-Black-White-Photography-Step/dp/1564965864)

These are small prints; 4.5 inches square or 4×5 inches on 5×7 inch paper.

The first six prints are printed on hot press (i.e. smooth) watercolor paper. The last print (made today) is on Hahnemuhle Biblio, a relatively light paper with a bit of texture.

Each print is unique. Even if I try to make a duplicate it never comes out exactly the same as the first copy.

My next goal is to try larger prints… say 8 inches square or 8×10 inches.

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Barn (Chichester, NH)
Barn (Chichester, NH)
Barns (Hillsborough, NH)
Barns (Hillsborough, NH)
Luggage
Luggage
Cape Breton Island Coast
Cape Breton Island Coast
East Quoddy Light
East Quoddy Light
Schoodic Peninsula Wetland
Schoodic Peninsula  Wetland
Hillsborough Center (NH)
Hillsborough Center (NH)

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