Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More Bleaching Photographs

Good morning everyone! I am posting a few more pics that I ran through the bleaching process. First, I will tell you I originally saw this process in a book titled
The complete guide to altered imagery by Karen Michel. I have included a picture of this book. The process is really quite easy with the only draw back being you need to use 35mm photographs. You can't bleach an inkjet print (to my knowledge.)
You dip your photograph in clear water & then on to dipping it in a 50% water/bleach solution. You can experiment with the time you leave it in. I do it for approximately 10 seconds or so. You can put gel medium over any part of the photograph that you want to resist the bleach. Once it's dipped, you wash it off in cold water again & let it dry. I add water colors & use the Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons to add additional color. Give it a's so much fun!
A note on the 2nd picture of the barn....I did not use any gel medium on this one. The entire photo was dipped in the bleach solution. It just gave it a bit of a different affect. The photographs I have used I pulled from some of my hubby's old photo albums. These are all from his original pictures.


*jean* said...

o that is so cool...i don't like bleach and wonder if other solvents might work...hmmmmmm

lovely results though!!

Gaby Bee said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year Diane, to you and all your loved ones!

Big hugs,

Sharon said...

These are so gorgeous! My daughter and I are looking at these and we are both interested in trying this process. Yay something new tom try. Thanks som much form sharing. I can't believe the results-- so lovely!

Silke Powers said...

Dear Diane, these are so very cool! I'm going to have to try doing that when I get some time. In the meantime, I wish you and your family a warm and Merry Christmas!! Love, Silke

Pretty Things said...


Tweedles -- that's me said...

WOW Diane
Might cool.
We wanted to tell you that we love that tipi in the last ones you shared. It was awsome.
These new ones are awsome too.
I bet they smell nice and clean- since they took a bath in bleach.
more, more- show us more!

Jen xo said...

aww thay are so cool, i must try it again. thanks for the instructions. I tried it once anfd they looked terrible!
i imagine it wont be easy, it being the first Christmas without your dear husband, but i hope you have a lovely Christmas with your family Diane.

merry Christmas and and a happy new year to you....

marianne said...

hi diane- good to see you playing again. i have this book too & love it. i got tyhe bleaching done & quit, but love the idea of going farther with markers, etc- thyanks for the idea. have a good christmas-

Unknown said...

Hi Diane!!! I love your latest projects!!! and I send you Warmest wishes for a Magical holiday!!! I know it will be difficult...but always know that you are not alone...

Cole sends you a big huge hug!!!

Thank you for your wonderful friendship!!!
Merry Christmas!!!