The blog of all-analogue film and photography artist Martha Jurksaitis
Hello,Here is one amateur filmmaker, who has been planning on doing some experiments with painting on film.After seeing the the workshop-photos you posted above, I became a bit curious. What kind of paint would you recommend when painting directly on to filmstock?Watercolours? Acrylic paint? Or something else perhaps?I have always wondered what kind of materials for example Stan Brakhage used with his handpainted films.However, that info seems to be difficult to find. I don't have much experience with different kinds of paints either, so it seems a bit hard to figure out where to start.Maybe you could help me out?Thanks!
Hi! Acrylic inks work really well - the kind you get in glass bottles with glass measuring pipettes attached to a rubber top. They give great saturated colours. Also, sharpies work really well - you know the permanent markers you can get to write on cds with etc, you can buy big selections of colours, and they're great. Straightforward acrylic paint can also work quite well, but tends to be more opaque than the inks, and so doesn't look as strong colour-wise. Don't use oil paints on film as it is really bad for the projector, and also may never dry properly! Hope this helps! x CK
p.s. I think Stan Brakhage wrote a booklet or short piece about the different techniques he uses when painting on film, to try to share the information around. Not sure where it is (I saw it somewhere on the internet once!). Also, google Helen Hill's 'Recipes for Disaster' as that is a really great document with loads of different film recipes for handmade film, including lots of techniques for dyeing and inking film. x CK
Looks like the film course is going really well, please keep us updated with further developments!Also, I love the Nanolab footage, amazing work - especially the burnt footsteps sequence near the end...