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Make self portraits using B&W photography printing process and chemicals, Then enhance to create decorations to add to the Halloween festivities!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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*B&W photographic chemicals (I like Silvergrain , they are eco-friendly) Developer, stop and fix, and develop. trays
*Photographic paper, You can get inexpensive paper on e-bay, it can be outdated. RC paper is the best, it dries nice and flat.
Aquaphor (or vaseline)
hair protector, bath cap or a t-shirt pulled over your hair

Then you will need art supplies of your choice to turn your photos into decorations

Step 2: Chemicals

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mix chemicals according to directions on pkg.

Step 3: Aquaphor

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cover hair and scoop out a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of Aquaphor or vaseline

Step 4: Apply to face

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rub the Aquaphor all over your face

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Step 6: Photo paper

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press the photo paper onto your face, try not to mush it around too much.

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try to press the paper onto your eyes eyelashes make a cool printed image. You can have your mouth open or closed when you press the paper on your lips.

Step 8: Develop the image

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Place the paper into the developer and watch the creepy face appear. 

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When it is very dark and fully developed, place it into the stop bath solution

Step 11: More prints

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with that little bit of vaseline on your face you can probably make several more images.

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Step 15: Wash and dry prints

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After the prints are thoroughly washed (I even use a little dish soap in the bath with the RC paper, it helps cut through the vaseline)
Dry the prints

Step 16: Trim prints

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When dry trim the faces out and use whatever materials you wish to create your Halloween Decorations using your creepy self portrait!

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DaMalua5 months ago

Great, very creative.

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yellowcatt2 years ago
Great instructable.
I have some out of date photo paper that I found when clearing the loft I may give it a try.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck! (And as always Susan, simply awesome!)
Susan Cirigliano (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Woooo Hooooo so excited Thanks!!!
Creepy is the word!!!! I have a few candidates for this fun Halloweeny self portrait.....but I can't find the Halloween Coloring Book!!!
klkubacki2 years ago
This is AWESOME! I really want to try this with my photo students. One question:
When you press the photo paper to your face, do you do this in the darkroom, and then expose the paper to white light, or are you in the white light the whole time?
Susan Cirigliano (author)  klkubacki2 years ago
No darkroom necessary..... That's the beauty of it, you can also use old exposed paper ( as long as it isn't too gray)
Have fun, your kids are going to love it , but remember don't use too much Vaseline. If you do it blocks out too much information in your image
Babyshoes2 years ago
These are awesome! I find the baby one creepiest, with the contrast of cutesy bright colours and the wierd face portrait. So creative! How did you come up with the idea for this technique?
Susan Cirigliano (author)  Babyshoes2 years ago
I'm glad you like it...I used to do quite a bit of B&W photography. Once, while working in the darkroom I started to notice that I was printing fingerprints on my photographs because of the hand lotion I was wearing. I got the idea to put lotion on my face and try to print it. Finally through trial and error I realized vaseline worked great. But not too much. If you use too much it blocks out too much information like lashes wrinkles etc.....
Yes the baby is a bit creepy. I once did this as a project with my 5th grade, They were studying Egypt, We printed their faces and they used them in a Sarcophagus design.
tireswing2 years ago
So creative! I really like that you've got a Jabba the Hut visage on "paper" but are quite the opposite in real life. The ghost in step 24 really rocks. It kind of has a hip hop feel. Sweet.
Thanks for the show,
Sean
So neat - love all the creations at the end. :D