On a whim I signed up for a two-day class of Rust Dyeing on Paper with the option of creating a book out of my experiments. This was in Asheville at Bookworks, and I had no idea what to expect. But what I didn’t expect was to be almost immediately hooked on the teacher, the process, and the final product.
Unlike regular eco-dyeing on fabric, you can complete many pieces in under a day, all dry and ready to be stitched into a book. I brought home around 40 pieces.
There’s both little and much to learn; it’s your choice. And it is easy to get started in this with almost instantaneous results, but I’m one of those people whose mind spontaneously ignites with “what if’s” and I can’t seem to stop. I now find myself looking at everything everywhere and questioning if it will rust and whether I can print with it.
So here are some examples of my foray into this new-to-me art form. I am very pleased and full of wonder about what a little tea, iron, vinegar, clorox, lye, some watercolor paper and a collection of rusty metal pieces can produce. If you’re not into this kind of thing, I imagine you’ll merely see the top of an old coffee table covered in water marks and stains. I on the other hand see splendid chemical reactions and wondrous art surprises.