A series of posts about eco prints with rust on cotton rag paper and on fabrics.
This group of prints on 140 lb. watercolour paper is shown assembled in accordion book form.
Watercolour paper was cut, folded into four page accordions and layered with leaves and pieces of rusted iron; the stack was soaked in water and vinegar then steamed as usual for an hour or so. This collection was left to cool before removal of the eco printing “plates”. The combo of leaf tannin, iron and vinegar gave deep, dark colours, including several irridescent patches, not uncommon in rust prints.
Here are some of the individual pages:
Maple leaves with an iron square:
Maple (acer saccharum ) and Chokecherry (prunus virginiana). A teal surprise! Likely the result of a concentration of vinegar in that spot where the iron, maple leaf stem and prunus touched.
Iron rectangle/fragment behind maple leaf
Chokecherry leaves in three colours. Dependably dark! Greys, blacks, plums beside slightly merlot maple leaves, all a-wash in blue- grey.
Blue grey chokecherry with rust halos.
Maple in a shade of merlot.
Twice-eco printed papers: first rusted then printed with tannin-rich maple leaves for a completely different result from the collection shown here.