I was shopping the other day and came across a hugh framed portraiture gallery for the wall. (This image you see above has not been put back into the black frame. You have all these fabulous pre-cut photo spaces. Since I wanted to have a collection of family photos all in one place in the house I thought this was the way to go.
I have a special love of black and white photos, especially the old fashioned ones that use to be slightly coloured in the 60's and 70's. I mention this special love of mine in a recent posting on my portraiture artwork that was inspired by these old photos.
So I thought I'd collect all my photos on the computer I wanted to put in the frame, I put them individually into Paint Shop Pro and turned them all into black and white images and printed them up onto quality card paper. (no gloss like a photo)
I then chose some to colour in varying degrees with coloured pencils, the effect is just like the old photos of long ago! Some stayed black and white, others just slightly coloured in feature area of that photo, some coloured lightly all over, it was a great effect when you looked at all the photos together in the frame.
This was cheap and very effective, here are some of the photos featured that I'll talk about below:
This photo I coloured heavily, the boys were in blue and girls in pink (as they were in the orginal coloured photo) they were photograped with a backdrop of grass and a smattering of purple flowers that had fallen to the ground from a tree above them. So I lightly coloured the grass and the individual flowers.
Lastly my two sons above sitting in a rock cave with lovely rocky textures around them, and their clothes slightly coloured. My dh's photo stays black and white (a younger dh, BTW!) I asked ds aged 4 who this person was and he said that he was my oldest son aged 14. I said, "no, guess again." He paused for a few seconds and said, "a man" he didn't recognise his father when he was in his early 20's.