Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Monoprinting with Rust - Rust Prints on Paper

Monoprinting with Rust - Rust Prints on Paper 

 

The sun was out again today and Maya and I walked our stretch of beach …and rusty treasures washed up again … 

 

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I like the way this metal rusty hinge is bend and quite thin … washed away by the salty elements I wonder how this will print

 

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And I could not resist taking this rusty pole home, even though it does not have particularly flat edges and might be more suitable to eco printing on fabric where I can pre soak the fabric into dye and wrap it around the metal pole , but I thought I give it a go with paper and black stewed tea to se what happens … its playtime after all :-) 

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So after an hour of pre-soaking hot-pressed water-colour paper in vinegar and arranging my metal pieces on top this is how the space in front of my fireplace looks right now … no room for any visitors ..giggle 

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Some of the metal pieces are quite bent and adding some heavy beach stones for weight ensure that they have contact with the paper underneath .. I scratched some shapes into the paper first with the metal edges to see how that will take 

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I also added some rusty old tins which had my little herbs growing in from last year to see what kind of texture prints could be had from the ring rim

 

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SO here today's 2 finds , the metal pole and the rusty hinge soaked in a puddle of black tea

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and another go with the big circular shapes and some rusty nail which I scratched over the paper to get some pigment removed 

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My first go at getting a rust print of this curved metal shape, again not a lot of it touches the paper so might be better from wrapping fabric around but lets wait and see … 

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This was a nice flat shape that produced a large area last time, however this time I did not add any salt to see the difference in print 

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snuggled up in front of the fireplace…a cosy rusting fest indeed :-) 

 

night night

…milliande