I use . . . alcohol tints, often mixing them, make a copy of the original and tint that (I like to leave the originals alone; they survived this long without adulteration...), then I apply everything from vintage ribbon, flowers, glitter, even shells around the image which is mounted on mat board, and hang them from more vintage ribbon.In the side-by-side that follows, we have a before and after shot, showing the first step in the process. The image on the left is a postcard shellhunter365 purchased from us, of Mlle. Santori wearing a remarkable headdress. (You can read more about this image in the original listing in our shop.) The image to the right shows shellhunter365's copy after she had applied her hand-tinting. We love the wonderful earthy tones she used to enhance this image, emphasizing the woodland spirit motif created by the headdress that is the focal point of the image.
|Mlle. Santori, before and after hand-tinting by shellhunter365|
|Les Ondines, before and after hand-tinting by shellhunter365|
The following three images are all based on postcards shellhunter365 purchased from our shop, but have yet to receive their decorative frames. Where possible, each is linked back to the original postcard from our shop.
|Rena Varty — La Jolie Bohemienne|
|Elizabeth Firth as Natalie in the Original English Production of the Merry Widow, 1907|
|Stacia Napierkowska Russian Star of French Silent Film circa 1910s/20s|
Of course, shellhunter365 doesn't stop with merely hand-coloring and mounting her artwork. After each piece is mounted, she adds a number of decorative embellishments to complete the work. Following are a few of the pieces she has shared with us:
|Cute Flag-Bearer on Rocking Horse|
|Q is for Queen of the Dancers|
|Gisèle Gravier in Art Nouveau Egyptian-Inspired Headdress and Necklace|
|Sea Nymph Asleep in a Clam Shell Cradle|
|YES! You Are a Moon Goddess|
|Enchanting Child with Ribbons and Flowers|