Handcoloring and Other Creative Ideas
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Handcoloring salted paper was a common practice in the 1800s. The combination of matte paper and a soft, fully-detailed, lower contrast print was perfect for adding color. The benefit to using watercolor pencils is precision. The pencil point can be sharpened to get into little teeny areas of color. Then the addition of water softens the stroke marks and blends color effectively. It is probably the easiest way to handcolor, almost like paint-by-number. The benefit to photo oils is that the tubes are small so one can get many colors for a reasonable price. The colors are also more concentrated. In 1863 albumen papers tinted pink, mauve, blue, and green came on the market, following the discovery of synthetic aniline dyes. Unfortunately they were not very archival in the long run, but it can also be done with salted paper by merely adding watercolor or acrylic paint right into the salt size.