Nicole Small | One on One

Tea Session #2

Even though I prefer toning with coffee over tea, I toned with tea again as I did not have enough coffee to brew a strong enough batch. I used a Cyanotype test print for this exercise.

The first step, which is bleaching the print, plays an important role in how much of an effect will be achieved in the end. Time in a bleaching bath will vary for each print and I have learned that the more saturated the print is, the more time you can play in the bleaching bath without loosing too much too quickly.

For a print that is not as saturated, I will notably make a weaker bleaching solution so that I will have more control over the bleaching run.

 

Test Print #1

Preparation( mixing ratios):

  • Bleach bath is one teaspoon washing soda in one liter of water.
  • Toning bath is 5 teabags in one liter of water, (Orange Pekoe Tea).
  • Rinse bath is cold tap water.

*make sure the washing soda has completely dissolved and that your toning bath has cooled down to about room temperature before you begin the toning process*

 

What was done:

  1.  immersed print in plain water for about 3 minutes
  2.  immersed print in bleaching bath for 15 seconds
  3.  rinsed print for 1 minute
  4. immersed print in tea bath for 8 minutes
  5. rinsed print for 1 minute
  6. immersed print in bleaching bath for 30 seconds
  7. rinsed print for 1 minute
  8. immersed print in tea bath for 20 minutes
  9. final wash

 

Result:

 

Test Print #2

Preparation( mixing ratios):

  • Bleach bath is one tablespoon washing soda in one liter of water.
  • Toning bath is 5 teabags in one liter of water, (Orange Pekoe Tea).
  • Rinse bath is cold tap water.

*make sure the washing soda has completely dissolved and that your toning bath has cooled down to about room temperature before you begin the toning process*

 

What was done:

  1.  immersed print in plain water for about 3 minutes
  2.  immersed print in bleaching bath for 1 minute
  3.  rinsed print for 1 minute
  4. immersed print in tea bath for 10 minutes
  5. final wash

 

Result:

 

 

 

Lets have a look at the toned prints side by side with the original print:

 

 

 

This exercise clearly demonstrates that the more you bleach a print, the more toned the print will become.

 

 

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