Life flickers and fades from the treetops, crowning the world's woodlands with heartwarming hues. Autumn is a season of change, and this year we invite you to embrace the changing of seasons and shake up your color spectrum with this liquid-logged tipster. We decided to soak a few rolls of Lomography Color Negative 400 in freshly fallen autumn leaves to splash our snaps with rich streaks of color. Today, learn how to stain your own memories in autumn leaf tea and add a new dimension to your photos.
All the ingredients you need to cook up this delightful project can be found right outside your window. Take a trip to your local park and fill up a bag with fiery autumn leaves. Try collecting freshly fallen leaves and mix your collection with different species to create your fall cocktail.
Once you get home give the leaves a good wash to remove any excess dirt and then place them in a pot of water to boil. Let your leaves boil for about an hour or so, be sure to give them a good stir every so often. Once your colorful concoction is done brewing leave it out to cool for a few hours, and there you have it, your very own autumn leaf tea.
Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for! Submerge your freshly shot rolls of film in the dark red leaf tea. Experiment with different soaking times for stronger results, we left ours to soak overnight. Be sure to check up on your rolls every few hours and agitate the solution. We also recommend taking out your rolls half way through the soaking process and giving the spindle a bit of a turn to evenly distribute the tea inside the canister.
Once your film has finished its seasonal bath be sure to give it a good wash and let it soak for an hour or so to wash off any excess leaf juice. We recommend drying your film out for a few days before sending it to be developed. Remember to tell your lab about your project so they can take the necessary precautions to avoid contamination. And there you have it! So what are you waiting for? Get out there and cook up your own leaf tea!
Want to try more liquid-logged experiments? Check out our magazine for more film soup projects to try at home, why not try soaking your film in wine, soup, lemonade or anything acidic? Pick up a roll of Lomography Colour Negative film today to try out some experiments like this for yourself – we can’t wait to see what you create!