Friday, November 1, 2013

Another Experiment...........

Back in June, in my post "Handcrafted Photography", I wrote about my desire to do more "hands on" work with my images.  I adore digital photography but I also love the challenge of creating "one of a kind" pieces.

That post was all about image transfers. I included directions and samples of some of the pieces I had worked on up to that point.

Something else I have playing with is hand coloring on "Moenkopi Washi Unryu" paper. This is a very thin rice paper type of inkjet paper. I loved the look of the texture but wasn't exactly sure how I was going to work with it.

Since I am always on the lookout for a way to minimize or eliminate mats and frames entirely, I decided to try gluing the paper onto board then hand coloring it. Here are a few photos:

This is the black and white print before I did anything (the paper has a warm tone which doesn't come across too well in some of these shots)........

I used "Liquitex Pouring Medium" to glue the print onto a Ampersand Claybord panel........


I folded the paper over the edges to give the piece a more finished look......

Then using PanPastel Colors, I hand colored the print........


After spraying it with Lascaux Fixative, it's ready to hang.

If you visited my studio in the last couple of months, you may have seen me working on this piece or a couple of other ones I did. These will all be offered as part of the "Archive Sale" some of us are having next week. In addition to older images and a few "slightly damaged" pieces, my main contribution to this event will be my "experiments".

 If you are local, click here for more information about this private reception: Studio Visits (A few things will also be available on my website for those of you not able to attend......stay tuned.)


  1. Such talent!
    Beautifully done ..... :-D

  2. Dianne, this is a gorgeous experiment and I honestly can't figure out if you are influencing the Unryu paper with your image or the other way around. They make a perfect blend.

    1. Thanks Hannah! I think I may have been more influenced by the paper, but I did find that not all images will work on that texture. It's been fun!