coffee, tea, and reed dyes as tonersgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
i was wondering if others have used coffee, tea and reed dyes as toners? can anyone tell me about how using this kind of toner effects the archival-ness of fiber prints? i have some images that i toned with tea and others with reed dye 15 years ago, and they still seem fine. i would rather use "natural dyes" than nasty chemicals.
-- john nanian (email@example.com), January 12, 2002
I know for certain that Sally Mann has experimented thoroughly with coffee and tea for toning and claims that they have proven to be archival in her experience.
-- Chad Jarvis (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 12, 2002.
Its tea time! I did also 10 years ago some black tea use to make teh pictures looking like old ones and they still are fine. With coffee I have no expirience. Tea should be fine.
-- Armin Seeholzer (email@example.com), January 12, 2002.
I used coffee on fiberbase paper over 25 years ago and haven't seen any damage yet. The aroma of coffee sure beats the stink of sepia toner.
-- Pat Kearns (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 14, 2002.
I can't speak to the archival quality of coffee, though I recently tried espresso (some year old stuff in the freezer) on Ilford Multigrade IV and was not impressed with any of the "toning" times I used. Might be worth experimenting with some of the Berg colors, however.
-- Scott Hamming (email@example.com), January 14, 2002.