A RUST PRINT is a type of monoprint that uses rust as the transferable pigment rather than ink or paint. Rust (Iron Oxide) has long been known for it's beautiful range of rich colors, tints, chemical stability, and light fastness.

The printing plate is made by attaching pieces of steel or iron onto a non-rustable substrate or by working directly on a sheet of steel with a ground to create the design. The metal is then encouraged to rust by exposing it over a period of time to a moist environment of water, salt, or acid.

The rust pigment is not applied to the printing surface of the plate. It comes out of the printing surface and is of the printing surface material. This is unlike screen printing, intaglio, relief or planographic processes where the pigment is rolled onto a plate or squeegeed through a stencil.

After the plate has developed a coating of rust on its metal areas, it is covered with a sheet of paper and clamped under pressure in a stationary press for a period of time. The rust pigment will transfer from the metal design onto the paper. Rust prints can be produced in a series as well as in different states. The five variables that affect the final look of these prints are; Metal, Moisture, Paper, Pressure and Time.

This form of monoprint is in a class by itself but connected to both the traditional techniques of relief and intaglio printing.

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