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    Tea toning(staining)

    I am going to try this on RC paper and before that what are your experiences. Are there any real organic toners available for papers, apart from tea, coffee, wine and so on.
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    Try beets. They use them for dye...not sure how it would work but it is worth a shot

    Bears eat beets. Bears beet battlestar galatica

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    I'm going to try tea. ;-) Nevertheless, I will happy to find some organic toners...
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    Tea and coffee works.


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    Rc takes much longer to stain and you might encounter messed up color splotched edges so leave some room for trimming.

    Tea and coffee should be really brewed strong for this and let it cool unless you want to mess up the emulsion. You may have to weigh the print down as they can float and you get uneven staining.

    I have also used cheap red wine, $3 bottle at trader joes or use what's left over the next day from the previous nights.

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    Yes, it is taking long time and I kept the temps around 25 deg C.
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    I have even left them for over night with rc lol. Fiber is by far easier. Also remember to wash them a bit after.

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    I've had very little success toning with tea or wine on RC paper. It just takes forever. FB papers tone quite well.
    I like the idea of beets, shuttershane. Think I'll try that!
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    I toned RC paper in tea and coffee with no problems at all. very strong and warm (not hot) seems to work.


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    Works for me too. I took four sachet and round about liter and half of water and left the prints for an hour or so, once the temps came down around 24 deg C.

    This is my first toning(rather staining) experience. Just curious, how are vario sulphur toners for portraits?
    OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
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