Rusting fabric

For two days last weekend I did an ATASDA workshop with Sydney artist Mignon Parker on the intricacies of colouring fabric using rust.

I have used metal objects and vinegar to create rust stains on fabric previously, and I really like the ageing effect that it creates. But this was different, this rusting was done in a very controlled way. The process involved using ferrous powder mixed with black acrylic paint and water to a milky consistency, then applying to the fabric and allowing to dry. The whole design was then covered with a acid solution to create the rust.

For the first day we experimented with different application methods and base fabrics and papers. On the second day we concentrated on several small projects and highlighted the effect with foiling.

The rust mix was brushed onto linen blend fabric, the slight blue coloration is from the acid solution.

Linen fabric again, this time with an aqua acrylic paint base and a bit of tissue paper collage, rust brushed on and stencilled through a small paper doiley.


Rust painted onto a piece of lace with fabric underneath to stencil as well.

This is a great effect, the rust pushed through a stencil.

Using rusting to highlight the effects on a commercial fabric with details painted and embroidered.

I always keep my samples from workshops in a small visual arts diary, so from some bits and pieces, I hand stitched a journal cover. No machining, the rust can get into the works of your machine!

Day 2 to follow.

This entry was published on March 14, 2013 at 7:48 am. It’s filed under ATASDA, Dyeing, Embroidery, my work, Printing fabric, Stitching, workshops and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Rusting fabric

  1. jane b on said:

    you have some really great work here. Particularly like the blues with the rust, especially the blue flowers surrounded by the rust

  2. How clever. Locke what you’ve done!

  3. That was meant to be “love what you’ve done”!!

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