Cyanotype toning: Wine Tannin
It probably looks like I have an obsession with toning – I don’t. Not really. Among all the reasons that I love working with cyanotype, the bright blue color isn’t one of them. So, I have to tone my images. Though I like the shades of black/brown/purple that I get from toning, I’m always looking for a toner that won’t stain the paper and ruin my highlights.
So far, I’ve been pleased with basic toners like green tea, coffee, and black tea. Tannic acid works well – when I can get it to work. It’s also expensive. I don’t use tannic acid much these days. The biggest problem with all of these toners is they all stain the paper really badly, tannic acid a little less.
I’m happy to say that my recent test of Wine Tannin looks good. I won’t say it’s the holy grail of cyanotype toning, but it barely stained…
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