Painting photos with coloring pencils

Hand colored photo of Paris

Final hand-colored photo on watercolor paper

As I wrote in a previous post I like printing my photos on textured un-primed watercolor paper.
So I printed this lovely winter scene from Paris I took last winter on Canson Edition antique white watercolor paper and immediately decided to hand-color it.
I used General’s Pastel Chalk pencils and chose warm-tone colors to add some warmth to the scene. I like using these chalk finish pencils as they give a nice chalky texture effect.
For the full hand coloring tutorial check out The EASY GUIDE TO HAND COLORING PHOTOS PDF Tutorial Download.

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Street in Paris Winter Scene printed on watercolor paper

Street in Paris – Winter Scene
Image Printed on Watercolor Paper


Photo painted with General's Chalk Pastel Pencils

Photo painted with General’s Chalk Pastel Pencils.
Painting in progress…


Easy Guide to Hand Coloring Photos PDF Tutorial Download

For the full tutorial check out the EASY GUIDE TO HAND-COLORING PHOTOS.
This PDF download contains 42 pages of detailed instructions accompanied by images and related links which will guide you through the world of hand-coloring and painting your photographs.

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Printing on Textured Watercolor Paper

London Photo Print Set On Watercolor PaperOne of my favorite artwork supplies which I always have around is raw (unprimed) watercolor paper. There are many brands out there, some of my favorites are, Canson Edition, Strathmore, Fabriano and Arches.
I use these papers for creating image transfers, hand made cards and alternative photography processes such as salt printing.
Lately I experimented running these lovely papers through my printer. The result is surprisingly pleasing and I just love the beautiful texture of the final print.
All I had to do is cut the paper to size, set the printer to heavy matte paper settings and print away. After the print is dry I coat it with clear spray finish to protect it from UV light and moist. Definitely, using these papers is a lot cheaper than purchasing specialty inkjet papers.

Here are a few more examples:
London – Tower Bridge and Big Ben
Red in London
Venice Beach Photo Prints Set 1
Sunset in Venice Beach, California

Packing Tape Image Transfer Tutorial

One of the easiest and fastest ways to transfer a photo is packing tape transfer . It works better with a laser printed image or a toner base photocopy you can get at any copy center. #packingtapetranser
What you need:

Laser photocopy (black & white or color)
Scotch clear packing tape
Burnishing tool
Spray bottle of water
PackingTapeTransfer materials
When you are done your photo is transferred into the sticky side of the tape which can now be used in your mixed media collage,enhance your journal or decorate your wall. Packing Tape Transfer the reult

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1. INTRODUCTION TO IMAGE TRANSFER
2. ADVANCED IMAGE TRANSFER
3. EASY GUIDE TO HAND COLORING PHOTOS
4. BOOST YOUR PHOTOS WITH TEXTURES AND LAYERS
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Easy Image Transfer

Inkjet or printer transfer is a very simple process. It works because the photo is printed on a nonabsorbent surface,like glassine or wax paper, the back side of sticky label paper or my favorite: a standard sheet protector. As you print your photo onto a non-absorbent surface the ink will remain wet for a while. All you need to do now is transfer the image onto the surface of your choice by pressing the print face down onto the receiving paper.
Venice Beach, California / Inkjet image transfer

 


What you need:

• Inkjet Printer
• Standard Sheet Protector (or any other non absorbent surface)
• Receiving surface such as watercolor paper, photo paper, wood panel etc.

Now, a few things to remember:
1. Printing a mirror image of your photo is recommended, especially if it contains text – otherwise the final transfer will appear to be backwards.

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2. If you are using a sheet protector and it does not go smoothly through your printer, try inserting a piece of standard printer paper inside the sheet protector before printing, and then try again.

New York in Color - Inkjet Transfer to Canvas

New York in Color – Inkjet Transfer to Canvas


3. You can set your printer to any of the paper/media type options available for your printer, but keep in mind that unless you wish to have the ink-smudge effect, the “plain paper” option will work quite well (not to mention it will help you economize the use of precious ink).
4. The ink works well on most surfaces I tried, but if you choose to transfer to a surface that is not so smooth such as canvas or watercolor paper it is a good idea to increase the amount of ink by setting the printer to a photo paper printing.
5. Using inkjet transparency film for inkjet transfer won’t work since this type of media absorbs the ink rather quickly. However you can still use  inkjet transparencies for gel medium image transfer.

 

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2. ADVANCED IMAGE TRANSFER
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The art of sun printing

blue art canvas sun print tulips blue and white art wall decor 8x11 cyanotype print flowers home decorCyanotype sun printing is one of the earliest printing processes that do not use silver coating and therefore quite simple to execute.
The printing is done by contact and involves UV rays (i.e the sun), so no need for a darkroom, a studio or any special equipment.
More often people use sun printing to print various arrangements on paper by creating a design on a the coated surface, such as leaves or flowers, and exposing it to the sun.
But you can also contact print your negatives, your digital photos printed into film transparency or even negatives printed on standard printer paper.
Cyanotypes (or blueprints) can be made on many different surfaces such as watercolor paper, fabric, wood, etc.
If you want to learn more about making cyanotype sun prints check out my latest eBook: Spice Up Your Photos also available in print on Amazon.