Make self portraits using B&W photography printing process and chemicals, Then enhance to create decorations to add to the Halloween festivities!
Step 1: Supplies
*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*Photographic paper, You can get inexpensive paper on e-bay, it can be outdated.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
mix chemicals according to directions on pkg.
Step 3: Aquaphor
cover hair and scoop out a tiny, tiny, tiny bit of Aquaphor or vaseline
Step 4: Apply to Face
rub the Aquaphor all over your face
Step 6: Photo Paper
press the photo paper onto your face, try not to mush it around too much.
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
Place the paper into the developer and watch the creepy face appear.
When it is very dark and fully developed, place it into the stop bath solution
Step 11: More Prints
with that little bit of vaseline on your face you can probably make several more images.
Step 15: Wash and Dry Prints
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
When dry trim the faces out and use whatever materials you wish to create your Halloween Decorations using your creepy self portrait!
Finalist in the
Halloween Decorations Contest