Photo Altering - Black & White Photos

by Karin McMahon

Give your photos a unique look using Lumiere® and Pearl-Ex® to spruce them up!


  • Pearl acrylic paint (Lumiere™ Pearl White used here)
  • Pearl Ex™ in several colors
  • Watercolor brushes (medium and large)
  • Background Stamp of choice
  • Classic Ink Pad
  • Glossy Cardstock
  • Mixing Palettes


  1. Step 1

    Print your picture in black and white on glossy cardstock.

    Notes: Although there is a difference in quality when printing photos on SU glossy cardstock vs. photo paper, SU glossy cardstock works just fine for this application.

    Keep a cup of water handy to keep your watercolor and stipple brushes in to prevent them from drying out in between applications. (Lumiere dries very quickly!)

  2. Step 2

    Mix your Pearl-Ex™ with Lumiere™ in your mixing palates. Pour plain Lumiere™ in another palate.

  3. Step 3

    "Re-color" your picture with your medium watercolor brush using Lumiere™ mixed with Pearl-Ex™.

  4. Step 4

    Smooth Lumiere™ over entire card using your large watercolor brush.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp over image with background stamp (I used the script stamp from Botanicals).

  6. Step 6

    Stamp again with an extra word stamp if desired. Use Lumiere™ and Pearl-Ex™ mix applied to stamp with watercolor brush. Embellish word with MicroBeads (I used "LOVE" from the "Peace, Joy, Love" stamp in All Year Cheer I).

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Photo Altering - Black & White Photos. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

If I just wanted to color just the eyes in a picture or just a flower, would I still brush Lumiere over the entire picture?
Stephanie Chancy  |  Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM
what is lumiere?
nina  |  Tue Jan 29, 2008 at 2:58 PM
What color Lumiere do you use for this technique? Is there a clear one? Where do you find it?
Traci  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 6:00 AM

It's the pearl White Lumiere. Stampin' Up! used to sell it. You can find it in hobby and online stores.
beate  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 9:56 AM
This looks Great!

got to try it!!
rebecca Garza  |  Sun Jun 22, 2008 at 3:32 PM
this looks great. any chance of doing a video tutorial?
cassy hedges  |  Wed Jun 15, 2016 at 5:59 AM
A video would be great. How do you rip the paper like that without ripping through the thin sides?
Tammy McCullars  |  Wed Jun 15, 2016 at 7:21 AM

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