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The Unique Beauty of Rust Printing + Mark Making

with Becca Imbur


Class Description

In this 2 day workshop, students will learn rust dye techniques and how to print on paper and fabric. The class will explore how to use every day items from the home and nature to make unique patterns on paper. Students will make their own cola pens and experiment with their own style of calligraphy and mark making. Using the crafted rust prints and other marks, we will create a simple and stunning handmade book.

No experience required.

Materials List

The instructor provides all materials needed for the class. This includes: professional grade watercolor paper, fabric, all items needed for rust printing, tea, vinegar, ammonia, gel pens, materials for cola pens and other bookbinding tools

Minimum Age

18 and older, and children ages 8 years + and accompanied by registed adult

About the Instructor

I make art journals, artists’ books, mixed media collage and altered books. I collect items throughout the day, including receipts, stickers from fruits and vegetables, discarded magazines, books, etc and use the items in my many personal art journals and altered books. I believe that everyone should keep a record of his or her life, rather it be in word, images or a combination of both. I have a documented life, a concept that I have been participating in for over 15 years.

I create many of my own papers that I use in my mixed media collages using acrylic paint and spray inks. The patterns that are incorporated into my papers are created using found items such as bubble wrap, corks and a myriad of other items that I find. My handwriting is an important part of creating pattern in my art. I have a deep love of cola pens (making a calligraphy style pen out of a discarded aluminum can) and will often journal my day with this writing implement.

This Class is Part of the Mindful Artistry Series

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Class Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registration: Class registrations are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cancellation/Refund: The Floyd Center for the Arts will conduct classes for which an adequate number of students are registered. Class status is determined 1 week before the first date of the class, unless otherwise noted. Acceptance of payment does not guarantee that a class will run. If the Center must cancel a scheduled class, students who registered for such classes will be given the opportunity to transfer their payments to another course or receive a full refund of their tuition payment.

Student Withdrawals: Students withdrawing from a class before the cancellation period has ended, (one week prior to the start of class, unless otherwise noted) can receive a full refund or may transfer their payments to another class of their choice. Students who withdraw after the cancellation period has closed or after class has started, will not receive a refund.

Floyd Center for the Arts

220 Parkway Lane South

Suite 1

Floyd, VA 24091


Phone: 540-745-2784

Normal Business Hours:

Mon - Sat, 10 am - 5 pm

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