Painting on Photos

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by arthur_gottschalk, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. Can anyone suggest the best paints, inks or dyes to use on photos? I have heard that aniline dyes are the best but those seem to be rather expensive.
  2. Sandy Vongries

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  3. Many moons ago I would handcolor photos with anything I had available. Haven't tried on inkjet papers but darkroom papers colored well with many products depending on the look you want to achieve. water color, acrylics, oils (1 of my favorite), pencils, cloth dyes, inks.....
    I came across this one ready to trash a couple days ago. marina3.jpg
  4. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Knew an older lady back in the early '60's who made a good supplemental income hand coloring photos. Did beautiful work, and even at that point in time, some liked her artistry better than regular color prints.
  6. I use Marshall oils for both tinting and painting on matte fibre. Matte really is the only surface to choose, since it has a tooth to gather this oil medium. I also use oil sticks. The more expensive Sennelier oil sticks are more buttery and have more pigment and can more easily be mixed with transparent mediums. I have no experience dyeing photos. Arista is an art company that has similar transparent oils as Marshalls. One aspect that is so damn nice about the whole process of painting or tinting is that a color can be removed (or mostly) with Marlene, which comes with the Marshall sets. Arista has this available too through Dick Blick. F9997A39-C227-4C31-A975-8A8451059F40.jpeg 7DDA04E5-4F5A-4B1C-9EF3-E78C89390A21.jpeg
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  7. An LCD monitor takes on colour pretty well too!;)
  8. Somewhere I have one of these that I bought from a moving sale.
    Since I used to use Velox, I thought I should have one.

    Velox Water Color Outfit

    I suspect it works on more than Velox, though.
  9. I used to experiment with painting some of my b&w photos using Marshal oils, acrylic and oil paints but gave it up because my results were pathetic. I then experimented with coloring my b&w 35mm and 6x7 negatives with colored felt tip pens and then printing with a color processor on color photo paper. It was fun to do and kept my brain active for a few months. My results were shaky at best but they were the only things I have done that were one of a kind. It was like photoshop on steroids. 4887108110_265152e926_o-copy.jpg
  10. Great one Tim!
  11. In the 70's I was very fond of coloring black and white photos. I still have these three. I have notes on how I dyed the third one (Street of London) :
    1-Dye orange 2-Water wash 3-Dye blue 4-Water wash 5-Dye orange 6-Salt bath (in water) 7-Red Dye (5 minutes) 8-Water wash (3 minutes) 9-Stop bath (2 minutes) 10-Salt bath (2 minutes) 11-Stop bath (lowered acetic acid) 12-Salt bath (in water) 13-Water wash


    I don't think I will find the carts data, but as soon as I find the Peugeot picture I will show it to you

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  12. I found the one about the car:

    2-Dye blue (7 minutes)
    3-Salt water bath
    4-Washing with water
    5-Dye green (10 minutes)
    6-Salt water bath

    at that time you could find any product in drugstores (such as potassium ferricyanide or sodium chloride). Now they are strictly prohibited in Spain

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  13. Dip your old B&W prints in beetroot juice, you'll be impressed how they turn out
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  14. After drying, one can apply this UV and surface protection gel by Golden. It is either semi gloss or gloss. Because I work on matte, it helps also to “freshen” contrast.


  15. Niki Butcher, wife of photographer Clyde Butcher, is an artist in her own right. She paints photographs. I bought a couple of hers when I visited their gallery in Venice Florida. Check out her site and maybe you can contact her for advice.
    View All Photographs - Niki Butcher

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