as Marilyn points out, there are many ways to do this and the idea is to
experiment and have fun with it. My favorite media to use are Sharpies and
Prisma Markers for hand-coloring (these provide bold, vivid colors), Jacquard
silk fabric dyes with tiny 00 - 05 watercolor brushes (more earthy tones), and
SpotPens which use photographic retouching oils (very subtle pale colors). I
have gotten mixed results with Dr. Martin's translucent watercolor ink, but
prefer the Jacquard. I color on processed reversal and/or negative film of any
type, though some stocks are definitely more porous than others. I also color
on vintage projection stock in the form of found footage purchased from ebay
and other sources. In addition to hand-coloring and painting, i also do a lot
of scratching into the emulsion. My favorite scratching tools are etching
needles and awls, available in different thicknesses.
You can see samples of the results that I obtain with these techniques by
checking out some of my works at the links below.
Other artists are also using airbrush inks and other media that I have not
gotten around to playing with yet. I'm sure you'll get lots of tips from this
Good luck, play around and have fun.
Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez
On Sep 20, 2011, at 1:30 PM, marilyn brakhage wrote:
> You can draw or paint on previously processed film, or use black or
> clear leader. Stan used many different sorts of paints and inks. In
> earlier years, he used acrylic paints and then sprayed with "Crystal
> Clear" for more long-lasting adhesion. Later, he switched to some
> less toxic paints and also sometimes used permanent markers, such as
> Sharpie pens. He would then generally have an internegative made
> using an optical printer.
> There are probably quite a few people on this list who have
> experimented with different methods and materials. ??
> Marilyn Brakhage
> On 20-Sep-11, at 9:07 AM, Bola de Fuego wrote:
>> I´m new to this forum, and my question is about hand painted film.
>> I was making some research for a thing I have to make and found some
>> beautiful hand painted films, then I tried to find information about
>> it on the web and didn´t found much....
>> Can somebody help me? I found some Stan Brakhage examples and images
>> of the film strip itself but don´t know if I have to do it with an
>> special ink or paint in undeveloped film or not or if that´s my
>> Can somebody help me with that?
>> Thank you very much!
>> Issa García Ascot
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