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« on: February 06, 2006 12:50:16 PM »

So I just found out about bleaching photos and I'm an addict.  I love it so much.  I've been doing 50/50 water and bleach but the bleach acts so quickly I think I'm going to start doing a little less of it next round.  This is a bleached photo I did for the lid of one of the boxes on my site, www.BoxieLady.com:

http://www.boxielady.com/images/glowbox.JPG

This was done with a photo of a disco ball.  I put some stickers on before I put the picture in the bleach solution to spell out "Glow" and to add some stars.
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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2006 12:54:56 PM »

How do you do that? I might have to try. Do you have pics of your others?
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2006 12:59:49 PM »

That's the only picture I have up so far, but I've had some really cool results that will be up soon!

You need:
*A Shallow Tray
*Bleach
*Water
*An Old Photo (has to be developed, can't be printed out)
*Stickers
*Tongs

Put a 50/50 solution of bleach and water in the shallow tray.
Use stickers to decorate the photo where you don't want the bleach to affect it.
Dip the Photo into the solution using the tongs, and remove it very quickly.
Set the photo on some paper towels or newspaper to dry (takes a while).
Depending on the colors in your photo and how long you leave it in the tray, you can get some really cool effects!
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2006 01:10:30 PM »

Wow, that in georgeous! I had no idea you could do that. Does it work on blk/wht photos, or best on color?


Thanks for the instructions!!!

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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2006 01:12:13 PM »

I haven't tried it on any black and white photos yet, so I'm not sure about that.  It would be interesting to see!
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2006 01:59:22 PM »

I think I'm going to try it with the black and white photos...I'll let you know how that works out for me.

And might I say your boxes are fantastic!
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2006 03:35:55 PM »

Wow, that's very cool. I've never even heard of bleaching photos before.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2006 06:19:40 PM »

I'm gonna have to try this! Yay! Thanks for the directions. Where in the world did you figure this out?!
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2006 06:24:50 PM »

Neat idea. I like the way that the photo has turned an orangey colour and looks as if it glows- fits well with the stickers saying glow.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2006 06:27:41 PM »

I am trying this tomorrow. I just went through a BUNCH of photos and put aside a whole pile of doubles.
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« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2006 06:38:29 PM »

Man, I used to practically LIVE in a darkroom, and I did a bunch of wierd stuff to photos, but I never thought of bleaching them....Guess I know what I'm doing tonight, eh? That's way cool.
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2006 06:43:32 PM »

This is crazy fantastic. Who would'a thunk you could bleach photos? How'd you think of it? (I have this image in my head of someone waking up one morning and thinking: Yes! I will dunk a photo in a 50% bleach solution!)

You rock.
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2006 06:48:13 PM »

Actually, I discovered it through a book called "The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery".   Here it is at amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592531776/qid=1139280385/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/102-2595697-3728125?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

It also has a whole lot of other really great ideas.  I haven't tried them all yet, because I got so hooked on bleaching.
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« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2006 06:54:24 PM »

What a fantastic idea. I have a bunch of photo's that didn't exactly turn out right, but being a pack rat kept them anyway because....I'll figure something out.... Grin Now I have something to do with them.

Your site is great. I love your stuff.

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« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2006 09:00:24 AM »

So do you decoupage, glue, etc. the photos onto your surface? I was wondering if the photo was too thick.
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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2006 11:03:19 AM »

wow beautiful!!!
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2006 01:53:39 PM »

i just used a thin layer of tacky glue for the photo and the metal decorations, but I put a layer of glossy stuff on over it all as well.  you know, for shine.
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2006 03:54:56 PM »

hmm, that's a really cool technique.  good way to use those out of focus shots.
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2006 05:15:33 PM »

Thanks! It's recons. like these that keep me crafting.  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2006 06:40:16 PM »

Brilliant idea!  Thanks for sharing the instructions too.....I bet everyone has some old photo;s that are no good for anything. like out of focus or whatever...what a brilliant way to make something cool from them!YAY!
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2006 06:49:50 PM »

i'm too tired to get all my stuff out tonight, but the next thing i want to try is putting the bleach solution in a spray bottle and spraying the photo instead of immersing it...if it's successful, i'll post the result!
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2006 11:31:57 AM »

Here are some of my latest attempts. 

On the one with the trees, I used a spray bottle lightly, but then just let it all drip on the letters.
On the one that says stars, I dipped a paintbrush in the bleach solution and went at it.
On the one that says Shine, I sprayed it with the spray bottle, more heavily on the letters, but then I dabbed it all with a paper towel.



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« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2006 11:47:58 AM »

Whoa!  That is soo cool!  I love the trees one, it looks like they are on fire!  I've gotta try this one. 
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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2006 05:30:30 PM »

I knew I kept those photos for somthing!
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« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2006 11:55:31 AM »

Another altered film thing to do, which I discovered totally by accident: toss an undeveloped roll of film into the wash with your clothes. Then print the pictures normally. Whoa, does that ever do some weird things.
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« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2006 08:28:16 PM »

You know you can do this with those new clorox "pens", too.  You can draw the design directly on then rinse off.
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« Reply #26 on: February 09, 2006 09:06:59 PM »

this is a really cool idea.
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« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2006 06:41:18 AM »

I can't wait to do this!  I've already picked out a bunch of photos and now I just need to run to the dollar store tonight to pick up some cheap bleach and a spray bottle!  This is going to be my weekend project. 
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« Reply #28 on: February 10, 2006 04:20:24 PM »

That is probably the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! Props to you!
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« Reply #29 on: February 17, 2006 09:10:27 PM »

Wow, neat! I can think of a lot of fun stuff to do with photos altered like this. Thanks for telling us how to do it.
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« Reply #30 on: February 21, 2006 12:23:34 PM »

Those are so cool! I love the stars one! And I would never have thought to wash my film then still try to process it.

I, too have fun things you can do to film though:

If you have access to a b/w darkroom, as soon as the pic is coming in on the paper, flash a bright white light on & off as fast as you can, and let it finish in the developer, it's almost negative in quality, but you get some ubercool results.

Process exposed film in the wrong chemicals, like have slide film processed & printed in d-76 (reg color film developer) or use black & white in color chemicals...and play around with exposures...I did all sorts of stuff with my manual 35mm slr that looked so cool. Some of the b/w film processed in d-76 came out sepia-toned, some of it came out crazy.
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« Reply #31 on: February 21, 2006 05:33:55 PM »

hey, good times!  thanks for sharing Smiley  all kinds of potential in this one!
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« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2006 01:11:55 PM »

This is one of those things that keep me wanting to make stuff.......WOW! This is so cool, thank you for the instructions! Time to dig out the old band photos I was going to throw away!!!
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