I spent most of Monday in the studio rusting large sheets of paper to print on and make some more Standing Stories. Once the papers have gone through their various solutions, they dry on pieces of butchers paper or packing paper which is thicker has has a shiny smooth finish.
The marks left behind on the paper backings are often more gorgeous than the rusted papers themselves though I did manage to get some lovely results. I have a couple of days ahead in the studio and I will start using the large sheets. It will be fun as mostly I am used to rusting A3 size or smaller. These sheets are A1 and A2 size and I think the rusting will add interest to some of my 'stories'. I have not yet decided whether to leave them as they are or use layers of ink wash to add interest and tone down the rusty palette. I find rusting is often my starting point - not the end point.
The first five images below are of the remnants and the remaining photos are snippets of the full sheets. I hope I don't mess them up tomorrow once I start working with them as they are quite beautiful already with the happenstance of the rusting process.
Oh - and I decided to keep the back papers for wrapping paper! There are many more of them than those I photographed. Really rather exquisite.