Rust Dyeing, Mark Making & Botanical Prints (Sep. 2021)

Learn how to create one-of-a-kind botanical prints. Find out how to use old rusted objects to create beautiful shapes or edges on printing paper. Create unique marks or textures that can not be duplicated in traditional drawings or paintings.

Spend the day with an instructor, who will demonstrate each technique, get you up and running quickly, and encourage you to play or enjoy the process. Use your end-of-the-day creations as collage elements or backgrounds for other art pieces, or they may be individual works all on their own. No experience is necessary. Simply open to exploring a variety of new tools or innovative approaches.

Meets: (1) Sunday, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (1-hour lunch break)
Dates: Sep. 12 in 2021
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Absolute Beginner to Beginner. All levels are welcome!

Medium: Mixed Media, most all mediums are welcome
Technique: Botanical prints, using non-traditional tools to create marks and rust dyeing
Materials: Consumable paints & inks will be supplied. The instructor will email a list of other materials to bring before the first day of class.


  • Use botanicals, stencils, and other elements to create shapes 
  • Mark making with any found objects or non-traditional tools to create texture 
  • Mark-making with a variety of tools, including brayers, brushes, and everyday objects
  • Layer paint & ink to create a multi-dimensional look
  • Additive and subtractive methods in Printmaking
  • Rust dyeing to create shapes or edges on paper or textiles

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