Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Last weekend, I experimented with applying dry powdered tannin on fabric before the rust has formed. Very interesting! It will be added to my repertoire of rust-dyeing techniques.

Notice the dark gray in the piece above. Below, you can see what it looks like without any tannin at all.


The hearts are more obvious here than they were in the piece with the tannin. That will guide my decision about when to apply the powdered tannin.


This piece was rusted with fine steel wool and sprinkled with tannin powder. I love the crystal effect in the tannin!


This one has iron filings and powdered tannin. I really like the depth of dark color. That depth had eluded me with the tannin-bath technique.


Four 1-yard pieces were treated with different rust sources and then sprinkled with powdered tannin. They "marinated" for 24 hours, were air dried, washed with Synthrapol, and then with textile softener.


The element of serendipity is still high, which I like very much.


This last piece is a result of handling a fabric packet with tannin dust on my rubber gloves. Guess I should have washed the gloves before handling the packet, but I rather like the results!

8 comments:

Karen Newman Fridy said...

very cool!

Michigoose said...

Where do you get the powdered tannin? Love it!

I just ran across some springs I brought back from Montana and was thinking about starting a new packet.

Jeffre鳳珠yM_Mc鳳珠glo said...

your son/daughter is so cute............................................................

Michele at Sweet Leaf said...

Very nice, Beth! Glad to see you've taken this technique to a new level. I'll have to try it again, too! I love that all-over gray piece. It really does look like watercolor!

Approachable Art said...

GUH. I missed the evolution of this process, what made you think of using tannin?

Dotti said...

I've always loved the contrast of the tannin stain with the rust. What is your resource for tannin powder here in the States?

芸茂 said...

Two heads are better than one. ............................................................

峻龍 said...

出遊不拘名勝,有景就是好的..............................................................