Monday 12 January 2015

Faux rust effects tutorial

I've had great fun over the last week experimenting with my Tim Holtz/Ranger products  to find ways of creating faux rust. I've wanted to to this for a long time and as it is my turn to do a Destination Inspiration post over at A Vintage Journey, I saw this as my opportunity to get right down to it. I have rusting powder in my supplies and will often take time out to do a batch of objects with it and keep them in a little box for when I need rusty bits on a project, but sometimes you want something quickly and I now have five other ways I can use the paints, inks and embossing powders on my shelf in practically no time at all. All these can be seen in detail with step by steps and photos on the AVJ blog today.

I also used a similar method in creating the rusty corners for the configuration box on my worn cover project last week which can be seen here.

Here's how I did them.


Dab vintage photo distress paint and dry.
In layers, drying between them, dab on random splodges of aged mahogany, walnut stain and spiced marmalade distress paints.

Using an embossing ink pen add splatters of distress powders in tea dye, vintage photo, walnut stain.
At this point I was a little disappointed in the light tones the tea dye created so ........

Drip over a little butterscotch, honeycomb, teakwood and sunset orange alcohol inks.

Eh voila, the rusty effect was achieved.

Thanks for stopping by and if you would like to see other ways I devised for creating faux rust results from my experiments please pop over to AVJ for today's Destination Inspiration post.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx

Updated with details from AVJ

Good morning one and all it's Brenda here, I hope you are up for some serious metal work today. I've had it in my mind for ages to do this particular Destination Inspiration post because I love corroded metals and their wonderful colours. I also like to create faux metal effects, but I have a very limited number of techniques that can be used without spending lots of money on specialist supplies. So I thought I would experiment with distress products and ranger products to see what I could come up with. During my experiments I researched quite a bit about rusting and patinas and ended up focusing totally on using the products on my shelves to achieve different rusting effects. I hope you like the selection.

Rusted wooden shapes

Using distress paints and alcohol inks
Dab vintage photo distress paint onto shape and heat dry (if you get the gun close enough it will create texture bubbles which look cool for this effect).

In layers, drying between, dab on random splodges of aged mahogany, walnut stain and spiced marmalade DPs.

Using an embossing ink pen add splatters of distress powders in rusty colours I used spiced marmalade, fired brick, vintage photo and walnut stain.

Drip over a little butterscotch, honeycomb, teakwood and sunset orange (or any other rusty colours you have) alcohol inks.

These turned out a bit too shiny for me so after a quick chat with CG Jenny who has shown us metallic techniques herself I sponged over a little matt medium and dabbed over the anti static bag after it had almost dried which has given it a more muted look.

I suppose you could call this next one an out-take photo as this is the underside of the circular wooden shape above and I really like the effects of that too.

Using distress paints and cinnamon
Dab over with spiced marmalade, vintage photo and black soot distress paints. Whilst wet sprinkle over some cinnamon. (Yes ground cinnamon from the spice rack).

With a paint brush stipple the colours and cinnamon together

and finish off by dipping the cog in the left over cinnamon.

Leave to dry and if you're anything like me you will help it along with your heat gun - oh boy the workroom did smell nice.

When cool I rubbed off some of the excess powder and I think I will buy a spray matte varnish to seal it.

Using re-inkers and sprays (or stains).
Use gesso with wild honey, barn door, vintage photo and walnut stain re-inkers. With a palette knife 'splodge' colours over the shape and heat dry.

Repeat the process again to get more texture layered  again heat drying and getting some of those texture bubbles.

To finish spray spiced marmalade, vintage photo and walnut stain in separate layers drying between each until desired effect is achieved.

Using distress embossing powders.
Stain the cog with vintage photo, spiced marmalade, barn door and walnut stain sprays or stains – dry.

Add layers of vintage photo, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, fired brick, aged mahogany and walnut stain distress powders and bake them in together really well.

Add more if needed until you are happy with the effects.

Using distress paints, sprays and sand
Paint the cog with any brown, red and orange distress paints you have - I used walnut stain, aged mahogany and spiced marmalade (I now want to try with other colours in those hues).
Paint the colours on thickly and then dip the shape into ordinary fine sand and heat dry.

When cool rub off excess sand and you are left with some great texture.
Spray with vintage photo, spiced marmalade and barn door sprays. and heat dry.

With your craft knife cut a few bits of the surface away and paint the gaps with the leftover spray inks.

Now I have a whole collection to use in projects. Can you see there is a rogue cog here.

 Yes this one ......

It was one of my practice ones that came out too shiny and I added watery gesso to it and although it didn't get me the look I wanted I do like it for it's shabby appeal.

So now I have a nice little collection to use in future projects and it just goes to show you can experiment with any supplies you have in the craft room to see what works for you. I have used Tim Holtz products here, but there are lots more paints on my shelves that I can experiment with. What about you?

Have fun.

hugs Brenda xxx


Dagmar said...

Oh wow - it's great !
Hugs Dagmar

Jennidee Mills said...

And to think I've spent forever trying to STOP things from going rusty. ;)

barbarayaya62 said...

Rusty is beautiful!!Geat experimente, wonderful work! Barbarayaya

Margreet said...

Wow, Brenda, great way to create a rusty effect....hope all is well with you....I'm enjoying a stay with friends in Switzerland at the moment....
xxx Margreet

Deborah said...

Wonderful rustiness!

Kathyk said...

Brilliant! Sounds like you had a fair bit of fun producing these pieces, Brenda

Happy New Year to you


Joanna Wiƛniewska said...

Wow looks so real.

Pamellia said...

Wow Brenda, just came from AVJ and I am blown away! Thank you so much for the amazing post full of techniques that I am about to become addicted to! However did you come up with cinnamon, what a creative thinker you are! hugs :)

sally said...

Some more shopping & experiment time required for this house :-)


Redanne said...

It is a brilliant tutorial Brenda and I love the rusty finish you have given to the corners in this post too! Hugs, Anne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Loved your tutorial! I'm going to have to give some of them a go - I find the rusting thing a bit scary but you have really explained this so well! The metal corners here look especially brilliant! Thanks, Chris

Julia S-W said...

Those corner pieces look amazing Brenda! I'm so used to doing it with paints etc. but this is a real eye opener. Off to see the full post.

Unknown said...

You have done a fab job of making rust, mother nature herself would be proud ;) I love the rusty look against that cute pic, great project :)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a gorgeous effect.

Ruth said...

Stunning effects, loved it on your recent post, so glad you shared it! Ruth x

Gina said...

WOW! They don't just look rusty..they look positively corroded away! Fantastic work :D XXX

Cocofolies said...

Wow, this is fabulous once again Brenda, you're a wonderful uber-talented lady. I'm totally in awe in front of your art every time, and I have so much to learn from you... Would love days be three or four times longer to read all your posts in detail, also join in your wonderful challenges to thank you for your great tutorials. Hugs and friendship, Coco xxx