Magazine article Sunset

Faded Memories Come to Life

Magazine article Sunset

Faded Memories Come to Life

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Hand-tinting photos is fast, fun, and coloring-book easy

OLD FAMILY photographs preserve images of important moments, friends, and relatives, but they're usually small in size and languishing in albums. However, by blending a familiar modern technology with an old-fashioned technique, you can take a favorite black-and-white picture, enlarge it, and create a memorable "art" print with a charm that seems at once dated, timeless, and contemporary.

But you don't need to limit yourself to old photos--or even black-and-white ones. Los Angeles artist-writer Ellen Melinkoff, who introduced us to this project, often turns contemporary color photographs into objects d'art by this method.

Anyone who can keep within the lines of a coloring book can tackle hand-tinting. Start with a print of any size. Enlarge it with a photocopying machine--one with options for changing darkness and contrast, and with good toner. …

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