Rust N’ Tannic Workshop           3 November 2013

Tutor : Jennie Abbott Rust & Tannic dyeing

A great way to create the most amazing natural colours and exciting, n’ serendipitous effects on paper and fabric all ready to get into some serious design n’ artistic development at a later date. We will be providing the required solutions to save everyone making their own, so there will be a small materials fee for the rust and tannic workshop. Papers are also great for backgrounds; and mounting finished textile artworks.  rust shibori

Scissors – both paper & cloth Rubber Gloves
Towel, Notebook & pen

Variety of plain papers : handmade, litho, cartridge, textured, anything which is both light in colour and absorbitive [some wallpapers have a plastic finish which will not absorb water – remember we want to dye them! I will have a range of papers for you to experiment with

Also, fabrics [A4 size to fit dyebath] Can be silk wool cotton or blends of – please note polyester, nylon fabrics will NOT work

Twine, heavy cotton – crochet cotton etc to stitch n’ tie simple shibori pattern in the fabrics, plus needle to fit thickness of thread.

Plastic cover for workspace


1. 500gms ferrous sulphate – 2 L hot water – wetted fabric or paper – 5 –20 mins depending on colour required – paper needs less time to avoid disintegration Drain well

2. 10gms caustic soda – 2 L water- always add chemicals to water Add paper / fabric etc for up to 2 mins. Lay out to oxidise – works better in sunlight. Drain well

3. 500gms copper sulphate – 2L water. As for ferrous sulphate – drain well

4. Teabags–20–50–2tshot/boilingwater

All chemicals should be added to water

Wear protective gloves at ALL times – caustic particularly can be very abrasive to skin; wash well with clean water

Protective clothing should also be worn

All the dye mixes can also be sprayed, brushed etc for a variety of effects

Try folding , pleating, scrunching paper before immersing in dye bath.

Some interesting effects / colours can be achieved by overdying

Wash well after fabric dries