Photographs by Frank

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:

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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1 Comment

  1. I M P R E S S I V E !! These came out great! And, you managed to stay between the lines.

    Seriously, your time and effort really paid off with these. The luggage was most colorful

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 22 November 2020 @ 10:02 PM

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