Cel restoration

Today I learned that I might be qualified to restore cels.

I recieved a production cel today that was in a terrible shape. I couldn’t just let it look like that since it was other then that, a great cel.

No chipped paint, minimal wear and tear on the plastic itself. So I brought out my old trusty brush and Ink.

I went online to read about cel restoration to make sure I don’t make things any worse then they already are. The thing with cels is that the ink dries almost instantly! So you have one try and one try only to do it right, and if you mess up, then the cel might as well been cut to pieces.

After a few test strokes on paper, I went to work!

Here is the cel, the first image is “pre restoration”. The one at the bottom is the aftermath.

I think that for a first attempt, I did a pretty decent job. My hand was a bit shaky at first (it’s been so long since I used my ink brush) but after two lines, it was like I never stopped in the first place.

Anyways, I unpacked another cel and noticed that the nose was chipped. Acrylic colors are a bit harder to restore, esp since at times they tend to change hue when they dry.  But I couldn’t let the girl have  a nose missing, right? Right!

So onwards I went online and read all about I needed to know about restoring the acrylic color on the cel!

First of I colored in the shade (purple mixed with a tint och blue and added a bit of white)

I let that dry. Acrylic colors have a speedy dry time, so about 6 minutes later I was putting in the highlight of the nose. Once that died, I could mat the back with black acrylic to prevent it from wear and tear.

Here is the result of that little experiment:


I know, the images are not the best, but I do not like to scan the cels. Camera phone will have to do!
Also, when restoring a cel, be very careful. Working on  a transparent cel is beyond any medium you ever worked with, it doesn’t react like paper, canvas or wood does. It is very important that when you attempt in restoration, that you make sure you read up on it. What colors they used, what brand of ink etc.
Make sure you have a steady hand, one mistake and your cel is useless.

Finished Painting and Grand Opening!

After hours upon hours and days upon days, the Alice painting ala Anna is finally finished!


I am very pleased with the results and I am thinking on what to create next. With the completion of this painting, I’ve received some print requests. What I decided to to is to revive my old cafepress store. I did some major cleaning and rearranging. I haven’t used that darned thing in years and it was piled up with old wares and prints.

I’ve put up some stuff me and Kim designed together and before you know it, I was adding everything else that seemed to be decent of a creation.

I haven’t added the print itself yet since it needs to go to Kinkos and get scanned in. This baby is to big for my scanner and it needs the care of professionals. As you can see on the photo, I had to puzzle it together to get a decent shot.

I’ve bought about additional 3 canvases so the thinking storm begins!

If you like to check out mine and Kims re re re reopened Cafepress store, click here. It’s not designed mind you, I’ve removed my premium account because it cost me more running it then I was making in selling stuff (the curse of an artist, always poor).

The print of Alice, once available will be commission less. Meaning you will only pay for the shipping+Printing charges set up my cafepress with no other payment for me that is 🙂 Mind you I will only keep that offer up for about 2 weeks. After that I will raise the print price. If you for some reason miss that window, let me know and I will temporarily remove commission again.

Other then getting my hands on nice new cels (remember to check the Cel gallery, I got some starzinger ones!), its been a pretty quiet weekend. The weather was faaaantastic on Saturday, so we took the opportunity and grabbed of bows and went shooting 🙂 Kim Successfully Robin Hooded his Arrow (it means that he hit his arrow with another arrow).

Here is the documentation of that incident.

Anywho, when it came to videogames, we picked up Marvel ultimate alliance 2 again. We quickly realized why we stopped playing in the first place. It was just not very “interactive”. Mainly it was just run and blow stuff up. I know, it does sound cool. But in the end, not really.

I think in these kind of games, I prefer to play it FPS mode. It is the same thing that Turned Kim off the new Tomb Raider game. That format just kills the mood over all and you feel increasingly detached from the story and action of it all.

Kim is exited about the upcoming Thor movie. So much so he bought the fricken rubber toy Thor hammer. I head the noise of thunder behind my head and I know I will be attacked shortly after. It never fails. I hear a BOOOOM and then my head gets a beating. It also shoots a rubber bullet thing from its top and the cat just goes nuts over it. I love being married to a kid 🙂 Never a dull moment.

Fruitful day!

The last few nights I’ve been up pretty late.

Basically I’ve been waiting for a few Cels to expire and boy was there a battle royal when the time came to a close. The Cels in question were Sailor Moon cels. I managed to get my hands on 3 for a very low cost and honestly, they are soooo pretty.

I’d say that I am very happy with the buy. They require some TLC but nothing really that I cannot fix. I’ve been reading about the limits and techniques to restore cels that have been neglected by their owners. It is a shame that some people do not take better care of artwork. The hey in restoration is to INK with a brush. Fortunately that is one of the things I am very good at. It was basically all I did when attending Comic book college. Also, being an happy amateur artist, I know what acrylic combination they use if the color has faded. However, I don’t buy cels that have faded in color. To restore that requires more of a professional touch that I can offer. Hopefully those cels land in someones capable hands and get restored properly so the rest of the world can enjoy it for years to come.

Other cels I acquired as of late.

Power Stone 2

Robot Carnival and Gnomes

Saint St. Tail

I cannot wait to get home and get these framed! ❤

The more I learn about the Cel business the more fun it is actually. I’ve also learned how to tell which ones are fake and which ones aren’t. Some do not come with a seal of authenticity, that doesn’t mean however that they are not legit. The former studio was just lazy. The secret is in the peghole (Peg holes are unique to the studio and can be confirmed by their positioning), the movie position of the cel, if there is a sketch included, cel number and so on. There are many ways to authenticate a cel, however as long as it has the peg holes and signature mark on which cel it is, it will pass any authenticity test!

hope you enjoyed looking at these as much as I did 😀