I made some last minute Valentines yesterday using photographs I printed from my PC. The bleach and wax resist is a very simple, old school process and can do something special for otherwise ordinary photographs.
The first photo is (obviously) the original, and the second photo I altered with a combination of household bleach, water, and wax crayons.
1) an original photograph
2) two shallow pans
3) paintbrush with synthetic bristles (for selective bleaching)
5) wax crayons (optional for bleach resist)
In one pan, mix a solution of 50% bleach and 50% water. Fill the second pan with clean water.
Dip the photograph first in the plain water, then into the bleach solution. When the colors on the surface of the photo begin to change, rinse it in the plain water pan.
To bleach out only specific areas of the photo, use the brush to dab on the bleach mixture and rinse with plain water when the desired effect is achieved. Set to dry on several layers of newspaper.
Then follow the bleaching process. You can also use gel medium for more precise protection, but I like the color the crayons leave behind.
If you would like to remove the wax, you can press the photo with a warm iron between two pieces of newsprint. The paper should absorb the wax.
Try this technique on a few unloved photos to perfect the techniques. I wound up using less bleach on my PC-printed photos and you may want to try that as well.
Have fun! And Happy Valentine's Day from the two kitties: Kiki and White Kitty.