Friday 6 April 2018

Rusty and Crusty at AVJ

Rusty and Crusty - what a great theme and one I think I've gone to town on lol ...... but it took me ages and many designs to get this finished. Do you ever get one of those projects where you really can't find a way to finish it off? But I got there.
So the lovely Autumn is our host this week at A Vintage Journey and she says -
"Many of us love rust and enjoy looking for new ways to get that authentic look of crusty peeling metal. For this challenge include some rust in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project, whether it be the real thing, a faux technique or just a rust colour on your project."

Start with my media board which is 12 1/2 x 18 cms.
Edge the media board with heavy gel medium and sprinkle in some art balls and micro beads for different sized textures.

With a palette knife spread over some thin texture sand paste, blast with a heat gun and leave to finish drying. 

Paint a good coat of black gesso over the media board getting into all the little recesses and dry. The edges looked a bit sparse after I took this photo so I added some more texture sand paste inbetween the small art balls. 

Daub and stipple raw umber, burnt umber and paynes grey media acrylic over it. This looked better.

For the next layer I took a piece of embossed card, adhered it to thin greyboard and scraped sand texture paste over it.

I then used one of Andy's quick rust techniques as a starting point but bringing in some lighter 
patina colours as well for contrast. I sealed the surface with grey gesso (black and white gesso mixed) dried it and then added washes of yellow oxide mixed with raw umber and cobalt turquoise mixed with raw umber on the surface together and dried.

Next came a watery coat of quinacridone gold, some neat painted around the edges and then a layer of ultra matte varnish.

To finish I gathered some bits and pieces to embellish the two boards having more rusty fun with a wooden heart and white crackle paint.

I also added some remnant rubs for more interest.

There we have my contribution to the Rusty and Crusty theme and I hope you like the different ways I achieved the rusty and the crusty effects lol. I'm sure you will enjoy popping over to see what else the Creative Guides have created for you.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx


Redanne said...

I really loved seeing how you built up those rusty and crusty layers Brenda, so much wonderful texture and beautiful colour tones. I never cease to be amazed at how you can create rust tones with paint, to me it is like magic. The rusty crackled heart is fabulous and I love the tones on that piece of fabric too. Absolutely gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

Gina said...

WOW That base layer looks SOOOO like a piece of corroded metal sheet!!! i wouldn't have wanted to cover it lol. Fabulous make :D XXX

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow Brenda! Loved seeing how this came together - such wonderful texture and colours! A brilliant project! Hugs, Chrisx

A Pink said...

A fabulous piece! Brenda. Love all the textures and the rusty, crusty look you achieved so effortlessly on both your panels and embellishments. Inspiring use of all mediums used . Thanks for sharing .
Happy Weekend
Hugs x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a great way to create those rusty effects Brenda. I love what you have created, your wrapped crackled heart makes a great focal piece drawing the eye to all that detail within your backgrounds. I often find myself not knowing how to finish off a piece, I tend to walk away and go back another day, fresh eyes usually help me come to a conclusion. Yours is executed perfectly. Thank you for the inspiration and sharing.
Creative wishes Tracey x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely gorgeous. The heart works beautifully against your rusty backdrop and I love the touch of fabric too. Tracy xxx

Kathi said...

Wow. Such wonderful depth of color and texture on this piece.

Thanks so much for describing your process and for including photos to illustrate it.

Julia Aston said...

Love your wired/crackled heart and the cheesecloth layered over your wonderful backgrounds - so much texture on this! Julia xx

Astrid Maclean said...

What a wonderful collection of different rusty techniques and elements, all masterfully put together!! Fabulous and the finishing touch of the cheese cloth and crackled wrapped heart are just perfect focal points!!

Craftyfield said...

Great step by step Brenda and the result does indeed look very rusty and crunchy!

R's Rue said...


Words and Pictures said...

Totally fabulous textures... the bubbly framing texture translates into amazing crusty rust, and I love that crackled heart with the rust seeping in from the edges.
Alison x

Deb said...

Amazing Brenda, that background panel is fabulous and love the multi-layered treatment on the embossed card, gorgeous patina. Love the crackled rusted heart to finish it off, beautiful as always! Deb xo

Annie said...

Wow that background is loaded with amazing rusty details and texture Brenda and I love the details on both layered pieces. The crackled heart looks amazing too as does the muslin xx

Sending you my best wishes
Annie xx

Nikki Acton said...

Another fabulous creation - full of crusty rusty gorgeousness with the crackled heart and muslin adding brilliant contrast to the composition xxx

sarascloset said...

Your piece is a STUDY in rust and techniques, Brenda! The outcome is fabulous, and oh, this was so much fun to see come together. Pinned for future reference! I'm loving all the textured surfaces and that heart is the icing on the cake! Hugs!

SewPaperPaint said...

It's truly amazing to see your panel before any color was added. I'm so in love with the texture, but especially with your chosen colors. Fabulous layering and love that crackled heart to bits! Big hugs, Autumn

Carol said...

I love how you created the background the embellishments are yummy xx

Carol said...

Love your rusty panel - YUMMY x

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing piece - I love it! It was fun to seeing all those rust techniques you used too 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy Weekend! J 😊