Kathy Johnson Art
Rust Printing on Paper
I've included links for some of the items below not for purchasing information but rather for a visual incase you aren't sure about an item from my description. I encourage you to make substitutions where appropriate and use what you may already have on hand.
For workspace setup
- wood board, cardboard, or canvas panel (larger than 12 x 18) covered with plastic or freezer paper - anything strong enough to hold the weight of metal and paper without bending when you lift it will work
- plastic cover to protect your work table
- spray bottle filled with a 50/50 mixture of water and distilled white vinegar
- disposable gloves
- mat for cutting
- two - 12” x 18” sheets of 140lb. watercolor paper (or similar weight paper, a printmaking paper would be fine as well) - if you are going to purchase paper I would suggest the brand Canson XL, they make a pad of watercolor paper that is 12" x 18". If you already have larger sheets of paper you could cut them to 12 x 18.
- tissue paper - 2-3 sheets of the gift wrap size
- translucent papers - tracing paper, deli paper, the glassine window of an envelope, or other.
- at least four (but I think you'll want more once you see how beautiful these are) - #4 size basket style white coffee filters - The ones used for 8-12 cup electric coffee makers. They open up to a flat circle that's approx. 7.75".
- book pages, copy paper
- any other paper you might want to try - graph paper, tea bag papers, dress makers pattern tissue paper, sheet music etc.
- washers, nails, bolts, nuts, wire, bottle caps etc.
- cans & can lids – at least one, but if you have 3 or 4 you'll be able to do multiple papers at the same time.
Watch this video for instructions on how to quickly rust the cans and can lids.
- any other random pieces of metal you can find. - the more you have the better.
- white cotton thread/string - it would great if you have 2 thicknesses of thread to get different textures. Size 10 and size 3 crochet threads are a good choice or even regular cotton sewing thread is good.
- bone folder - to score the paper for the accordion book before folding
- brush - flat or round - any size or shape you have will be fine. It will be used for applying tea to the metal and paper.
- awl - an awl is a thin, tapered metal shaft that comes to a sharp point and is used to puncture holes in leather, wood, paper, and other materials.
If you don't have an awl a thin sharp object such as a large sewing needle can be used. It will be used for pre punching holes in the paper for stitching.
- cutting blade – craft or utility knife
- glue stick - You can use any glue stick you have or are comfortable using. If you are looking to purchase glue sticks my recommendation is the UHU brand. They are my favorite because of how smoothly they glide onto the paper surface, they have a twist on top so they don't dry out as quickly as some other brands, they are acid free and the bond is very secure.
- small piece of corrugated card board to protect your table while punching holes for stitching
- 24” ruler to cut the paper to size
- 1 tea bag of black tea, cup & boiling water to brew
- wax paper
- stapler & staples
- small piece of fine grit sand paper or an emery board
- sewing needle with an eye large enough for the thread/string you'll be using
- embroidery thread to stitch collages (I'll be using turquoise, gray, and gold)
- metallic gold ink pen or metallic gold paint - I use the Uniball impact gel metallic pen
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