Toning RC Paper...Creative!
I've actually just been told about the group, and have been shuffling through pages and pages of posts.
I'm a high school photography teacher (2nd year) who has a BFA in Photography. I have always toned fiber based papers whether it be for creativity/mood with sepia, or for archival purposes with selenium.
My students in Photo II will start toning in about a week on RC papers, I've got the good old Berg copper and Berg sepia toner but want to add something to the project. Will kool aide tone/color RC paper? I did it awhile back on fiber for fun.
Any other suggestions on things to tone/color that would be unique for my students and cost/safety efficient?
prints can be stained, as opposed to toned, with very strong tea or coffee
just lose the milk, cream and sugar
So far I've got:
Can we add some more for the toning/staining of RC paper?
Black walnuts. Boil them in a cheesecloth sack and save the water. You now have water with plenty of tannin. Google around for "toning" of cyanotypes. Lots of formulas.
Red wine will also stain papers. As will coffee, cheap instant coffee works pretty well.
Not sure how well you can get RC paper to stain as the whole idea behind RC paper is to MINIMIZE water infiltration into the paper fibers. I'm sure you can get a stain, just not as deeply or fully as fiber might.
Agfa Viradon is an archival one bath brown toner that gives protection as well as toning.
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