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Tea toner and other stuff...

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by taxor, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    This forum hasn't had a post for a while, so it's obscure information time. Been using tea as a 'toner' for some years, but I thought I'd try it with some RC paper. Got good results with 1 teabag in a litre of boiled water. Let it brew for 5 minutes or so and then let it cool to 20c. A nice ivory tint was imparted to Ilford MGIV RC after about 3 mins. Don't overwash the prints though or you'll remove the stain.
    For those who like to mix up their own chemistry, I can recommend Ilford ID-78. A good substitute for Neutol WA. Not as warm as the Harman warmtone dev. but the working solution lasts quite a bit longer. If anyone is interested, I'll send you the formula (don't all rush at once) ;)
  2. Mojo_66

    Mojo_66 Well-Known Member

    I've used a coffee developer, but never a tea toner. Sounds interesting, but unfortunately I don't have my darkroom anymore.
  3. Tacitus

    Tacitus Well-Known Member


    Is there more 'atmosphere' with Lapsang or more 'pop' with 'gunpowder'? 'Beefier' images with Oxo ... and for the 'Ahhhh!! effect - Bisto! ...
  4. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Well, whatever you use, it must not be decaffeinated :D
  5. Ken_Moffat

    Ken_Moffat Well-Known Member

    Ever tried Dylon fabric dyes to tone your prints, I used to.

    Happy days.

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