Using Rusting Effects in textile art

As I mentioned briefly in a previous posting, those of us who attended the rusting workshop by ATASDA had lots of fun experimenting with the application of the rust. However we did see some issues arising with its use in textile arts.

These included the likelihood of decay of the fabric over a short time, the smell of the rust as it sits on the surface and is not suitable for washing (one person tried this and it destroyed the effect of the pattern), and the inability to sell the finished works with these problems. But most of all, we were very concerned that we could not further develop the work with machine stitching as the tutor, Mignon Parker, had warned us that the rust mix could rust washing machines and plumbing.

After much discussion, we agreed that the best solution would be to carry out the rusting process and then scan or photograph the work at that stage. It could then be printed out on fabric using computer printable fabric sheets. This would allow any type of stitching to be done safely. The limitation of this is, of course, the size of the printer that you have.

I am going to experiment with this using the sample below. This was applied to calico fabric, with an area sealed with an acrylic sealer then the rusting painted on using a freehand design and the leaves enhanced by painting with aqua acrylic.

I like the effect created between the sealed and unsealed fabric, the rusting is much more pronounced in the unsealed area but it was definitely more difficult to get an even, fine line.


This entry was published on March 15, 2013 at 12:44 pm. It’s filed under ATASDA, Embroidery, my work, Stitching, workshops and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Using Rusting Effects in textile art

  1. jane b on said:

    I guess if you are going to photograph or scan it, you could do the original work on paper. It certainly gives a great effect

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