Is The Paper Ruined Or Flavored?

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Very easy tip on experimental printing at home!

Life could be so different depends on your views toward every little thing. Do you consider yourself positive or negative? Is the glass half empty, or half full? Like anarchy mentioned once in his interview do you work to live, or do you live to work? (http://www.lomography.com/magazine/blog/2009/09/15/my-friend-anarchy-by-sugiyamasatomi)

Same exact situation could turn good or bad, depending on your attitude. When my lace leggings (I have so many!) get holes, my mom would say, “Now it’s ruined, so you can’t wear them anymore.” but I would say “Well, now, it’s got a character!”

With all that in mind, let me ask you a question. Let’s say, you spilled coffee on your photo paper- Do you say, the paper is ruined, or flavored?

Here’s my suggestion- If you spilled coffee on your photo paper, don’t throw it away, but dip it all in coffee instead! I have tried this with my canon matt paper which costed me only about 10 USD for 50 papers at a regular office supply store. Who says cheap papers cannot produce good prints? All they need is a little love from you, and they will open up a whole new world you have never seen before!

After you dip your photo paper into coffee, let it dry for a day and make sure the paper dries flat. You may choose to make the coffee darker or lighter, depending on how brown you want the paper to turn. When “flavoring” your photo paper, don’t worry about the stains- they will all give it a different character to each of your papers.

If you want the feeling of the pictures that was enclosed in the lost letter during the WWII, try black and white. If you want the pictures to have a retro look from the 60’s, then go color! When choosing color images to print, try reddish or yellowish images for better results.

So now, before I let you go, let me ask you again. Is the paper ruined, or flavored? I’ll let you be the one who decide!

written by sugiyamasatomi on 2010-01-14 in #gear #tipster #tip #spill #experiment #printing #coffee #photo-paper #tipster #retro #brown

16 Comments

  1. yarah
    yarah ·

    beautiful pictures!

  2. satomi
    satomi ·

    hmmm? again?:D

  3. lomosexual_manboy
    lomosexual_manboy ·

    These are wonderful. Way to turn a mistake into something great.

  4. jaalvarez
    jaalvarez ·

    Nice results !!!
    I will try it soon !!!

  5. daylightsecretsyells
    daylightsecretsyells ·

    im so going to try this(:

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    this was already posted a few time ago.... but anyway great tipster! :)

  7. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    i've seen this before... great work though!

  8. stouf
    stouf ·

    I'm amazed a second time ! 8D

  9. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    haha yeah I was wondering why this was posted double. Maybe they are running out of tips! :O

  10. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Creative imaginations and best attitude. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.::))

  11. cinzinc
    cinzinc ·

    reposted tip, happened to me. serves as a reminder, and i will try this...soon?!hehe

  12. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    :§)) I already answered to the question...It can be a new feature to publish again the most beautiful articles

  13. patrix
    patrix ·

    definitely flavored ! :))) nice post , thank you very much!

  14. bloomingwreath
    bloomingwreath ·

    Wicked coffee flavored photos!

  15. raidjie
    raidjie ·

    I'll have to try this out, your pictures look awesome :D

  16. sivy
    sivy ·

    i love your pics, defo gonna have a go myself :D x

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