Eastman Bromide Fabric is now being used in a number of lines of photographic work and new uses are continually being found for it. It is an excellent quality of fabric coated with a Bromide emulsion and is being produced with exceptional uniformity.Probably the greatest use for Bromide Fabric in portraiture is for producing oil painting effects and for this work it is superior to any photographic paper.
In selecting a medium for photographs to be colored with oils, a fabric surface is most desirable because it gives a realistic effect,and a better price may be asked for the finished work because it shows that it is genuine.
It is not difficult to give a Bromide Fabric print the appearance of an oil painting. It requires no knowledge of drawing because the print is only tinted. You can do such tinting yourself, with a little practice, or some one of your employees can soon acquire the knack of handling the colors and produce good results.
Good taste in selecting colors, care, and a little time for practice are the essentials. Sepia prints are best for the purpose, and these are secured on Bromide Fabric by redevelopment. The hypo-alum tone is too cold.
Any good grade of artists' oil colors in tubes will answer, the following colors being necessary: Rose Madder, Crimson Lake, Carmine, Chrome Yellow, Vandyke Brown, Prussian Blue, Cinnabar Green and White, also Megilp for sizing. A few small camel's hair brushes, a one-inch bristle brush, absorbent cotton, turpentine and a bottle of Nepera Waxing Solution complete the outfit.
With a tuft of cotton, go over the print with the Megilp, and after about fifteen minutes rub off and allow to dry for half an hour. This sizes the print and prepares it for the coloring. The idea is to apply "opaque" colors so thinly they are transparent.Christmas, 1916.
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Put a small daub of each of the colors to be used on a piece of glass. Apply this paint, undiluted, to the print with a tuft of cotton after same has been rubbed on a piece of white paper until color shows an even blend of weak tint. When sufficient color has been applied to any one part of print, go over with a clean tuft of cotton to blend the colors. For small surfaces apply color with a small brush and blend.
For flesh tones, apply Rose Madder, then yellow - for lips, nostrils and deep flesh shadows, Carmine. The colors should be thin and transparent for draperies, hair and the light parts of background. After one has become proficient in tinting, the opaque colors may be used to advantage in backgrounds and accessories, though care must be used not to destroy effects of light and shade nor to give too much prominence to objects of minor importance by using colors that are too bright.
Oil paintings are not made with margins, but if there is any occasion to color a print with margins, the margin may be cleaned with a tuft of cotton which has been wound round a tooth pick, dipped in turpentine, squeezed dry and wound with another covering of dry cotton. This will erase the color better than the wet cotton, as the fumes of turpentine will remove the color without spreading it.
Transparent coloring will dry quickly, but if solid colors are applied over parts of the print it should be allowed to dry thoroughly. When dry, apply the Nepera Waxing Solution as you would apply varnish, using the bristle brush for this purpose. The wax will add brilliancy to the colors.
To obtain different tints from the colors mentioned above, mix as follows:
For brown, mix red and black. For purple, mix white, blue and red. For pink, mix white and carmine. For dark green, mix light green and black. For pea green, mix white and green. For brilliant green, mix white and emerald green. For orange, mix red and yellow. For pearl gray, mix white, blue and black. For cream, mix white, yellow and red. For olive, mix red, blue and black. For buff, mix yellow and a little red.
The finished print looks best framed without a margin in a dull gold frame. Several good examples of such work properly framed and displayed will make sales if the work is priced high enough to make it fairly exclusive without being beyond the reach of those who wish a portrait somewhat out of the ordinary. If the work is priced too low it not only becomes common but sufficient time can not be given to produce the best results.
FROM AN ARTURA IRIS PRINT
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The illustration above is a reproduction of the handsome display-case card which was given to photographers at the Eastman display during the Cleveland National Convention. The illustration, however, fails to give an adequate idea of the attractiveness of the original.The card has been used in the display cases of some of the best photographers in the country, having been framed by many of them and given a permanent place of honor in the center of their displays.
The card is 10½ x l4½ inches, of heavy weight stock with dull cream enameled surface and gold edges. The letters are gold in strong relief, not being a part of the card itself but embossed separately and attached to the card by a special process used only in manufacturing display cards of the highest quality.
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As the great majority of photographers of the country could not attend the Cleveland Convention we are going to mail one of these slogan cards to every photographer who is sufficiently interested in the advantages of this advertising to ask for it.
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