Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Hand-Coloring - The Video

My new Flip video camera arrived a couple of weeks ago and I didn't have a chance to play with it until this weekend. I have been wanting to share in a video my technique of hand-coloring and now I can. This is by no means an instructional video, but just a peek into the process.

I have some new editing software that I still need to learn, so for this video I stuck with Animoto - which I already know. I plan to post more detailed videos down the road, but for now I am excited to share this very short, little movie on hand-coloring black and white photographs with Pan Pastels.

If for some reason you can't view it here, it's also on YouTube, but the quality is not as good.

Be sure to turn your speakers on!





If you want to experiment with this process after watching the video, here are a couple of older blog posts with more information on the technique, including recommended papers and printing guidelines.


In the video, I included the step where I wipe off the excess pastel on a piece of mat board. You can also use a paper towel, but it's an important step. If you don't do this, you usually end up with more color on the print than you may want. While you can take some of it off with a kneaded eraser, I suggest starting out light and layering on the color.

Like I mentioned, I plan to make more videos about this technique, but for now, this is a good introduction to hand-coloring and the tools I use.

I also share a lot of information every month in my email newsletter. You can sign up for it here. "Email Newsletter" Choose the "Workshop Updates and Information" list for hand-coloring tips and other information. (You can also sign up for the general email as well).

Stay tuned and I promise I will talk in the next video.......

12 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this Dianne. I had wondered what technique you used. Your work is so absolutely lovely. I love what you do!

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  2. I loved this video! I am anxious to get started and can't wait for more videos! Great work Dianne!

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  3. Thanks Dena and Cindi! Glad you liked it. I am excited about learning more about the video camera and what else I can do with it. Should be fun!

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  4. Nicely done! I keep meaning to pull out my Flip and do a video for me, but haven't tried it yet!

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  5. Thanks Daniel! I would love to see a video on how you set up for your shots. Keep me posted!

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  6. Dianne - thanks for sharing this. Although I've heard of the pan pastels this really showed me how they work. Could be just the answer to an artist's travel dilemma! Nice choice of music too - it pairs well with your beautiful imagery.

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  7. Very good job creating this video considering the restrictions with Animoto.com.

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  8. Very good job producing this video considering the limitations of Animoto.com.

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  9. Thank you Jo Ann, I am in the process of learning how to use different video software. Stay tuned......

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  10. Wonderful Dianne. Do you teach online workshops? If not, please consider it! Your images are so beautiful...

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  11. Thank you Susan,
    Something online is in the works, it's one of the reasons I bought the video camera. I will keep you all posted.

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