Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rust Candy

Inspired by seeing Alice Fox at work I have decided to do some rust dyeing with one of my groups. Our theme is paper so we will be working on paper, perhaps some of the precious handmade paper we made a fortnight ago.

 Alice Fox’s method is to soak with tea and is much simpler than the layering method I have used previously. 

Practising in a small handmade book, I firstly tried just tea, but then I added some vinegar, which to me seemed to give more interesting results although much smellier. The best page was definitely the one left to dry over night, see header, but that takes so much patience.The one below has a good 
deal of interesting detail.

 Also shown  are a couple of small areas of a previously made wall hanging;the colour is much lighter without the addition of tea.


  1. Hi,Jackie !!!!!
    I like your creations very much !!!
    They are original and very beautiful !!

  2. I love Alice Fox's work. You were so lucky to see her working.
    These are lovely and very inviting -another technique to try!!

  3. Hi, love the colour variations and unusual patterns, I am a big fan of rust, have you come across blog,
    she does some wonderful rusted work

    1. Yes,I know her blog well.
      Thanks for the comments.

    2. Thank you to Debbie for the nod in my direction. And thank you to you as well Jackie for following my blog. Enjoy!

  4. Hello Jackie,

    I just drop by from Niki-Greece, I have never seen this kind of stitch work.Unusual indeed and really creative. let say stitches free spirit.
    compliment for your works,amazing.
    happy to visit you hope you too.

    have a great weekend

  5. 'Rust candy' is right, you have some great marks in these. I have plans for rusting using Alice's methods too, just need a few more hours in the day.....

  6. So beautiful. Are you soaking with tea and then rusting?

  7. Rust candy indeed. That top photo has me fairly salivating and wishing for a few minutes in the studio. Looks like you've been having a great time experimenting with rust, tea and paper. If you have any green tea around, try adding a bit of it to the mix. The tannins in it react with the rust to yield a gray/black/purple-ish color.
    Can't wait to see more rusting! Enjoy!


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