Cliché Verre is an art form that actually predates photography and the invention of the camera. The name Cliché Verre essentially means “Glass Picture” or “Glass Print”, and it came about in the 1850’s.
It can be done in a variety of ways, though traditionally an artist paints, etches, or draws on a transparent surface such as glass, cellophane, or film, and then prints the image onto light sensitive paper in the darkroom. The light shining through the clear parts of the glass shows up as a black drawing on a white background. Some artists (myself included) use organic & inorganic matter in their work as well. I’ll post some photos of that along with more “traditional” Cliché Verre works I have done.
Here’s a link to the Wiki on Cliche Verre with some more info.
I’ve always found Cliché Verre intriguing, and it really became a main area of focus when I put together my own darkroom in 2011. Film Photography has always been my specialty and I enjoy working hands on with the entire development process, so having a darkroom really expanded the boundaries of what I could do. There were some times when shooting, then developing film and prints just wasn’t what I wanted to do, and I wanted a way to incorporate other mediums into my darkroom work. Cliché Verre allowed me to do just that, and I’ve been playing with it ever since.
I use both oil and acrylic paints in my art because they both produce very distinct and different results. Using organic matter is one of my favorite ways to create and alter my Cliché Verre work.
Here are a couple of examples of what I’ve created over the years,