Rust Paper

Yesterday, my friend Pam Wright taught three of us how to rust paper.  We’re all puppies at heart when it comes to messing around with art materials and this experience did not disappoint!

So first there’s the murky mess:  one tub each of really, really strong tea, iron mordant solution, and scary caustic soda solution.

I love the blue sky reflected in the mordant

Out of murky mess came loveliness.


We tried to be scientific about our experiments, to remember the order in which we dipped the papers so that we’d know how we got certain results, but to no avail.  It was just too exciting to watch the changes taking place before our eyes and any wits we had we used to keep our fingers out of the caustic soda.





What a glorious day.

Thank you, Pam!










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