Sunday, 17 May 2015

Faux Rust

I had  an idea that I wanted to try, sparked by a sample of encaustic art that I had seen in an old copy of Somerset Studio some time ago. Of course, it goes without saying, that I cannot find the magazine now to give credit to the artist, which I am really sorry about, as it was such a beautiful piece and I do like to give credit if I can.

Anyways, mine is not an encaustic piece, I simply wanted to make something rusty looking, just like all the rusty washers used in the artwork that I had seen.

I started by wrapping some mesh tape that plasterers use, around the edge of a 4" x 6" box canvas. Although it does have adhesive on it, it did need some Gel Medium to make sure it stuck well to the canvas. Then I raided Mark's stash of washers to stick on the front.


When the Gel Medium was dry, I scraped a layer of Grunge Paste through some of the washers for added texture.


After a layer of Chalk coloured Fresco Finish paint, I dry brushed some Toffee Fresco onto the washers. I loved the rusty look, the Toffee was the perfect colour but realised the pale background didn't look right for the embellishments that I had made to go on the top.


After a bit of a re-think, I painted the background with Chocolate Pudding and added some Bora Bora to the washers......much better for this project, although I do plan to make something else with the chalk background, as I liked it so much.


Close up of the side, I love how that mesh picks up the colour of the Bora Bora paint.


 The finished piece with my little felt/paper/metal embellishments.




11 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

I absolutely love this idea!!!

Helen said...

How fabulous!! Hope Mark doesn't recognise the washers.....

jojo79 said...

Oh fab - I have a bag of washers that I rescued from the bin at work

Florence said...

Love it !!! Need to give a try as well !!!
xx

craftimamma said...

Stunning result Lin! Love the patina effect you got by adding the Bora Bora.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Anonymous said...

Great paint effect and lovely decorations.
Margriet

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That's gorgeous!

Ruth said...

Fabulous idea, adore the embellishments you've created and both backgrounds are just rusty gorgeousness! Ruth x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Great idea and fabulous result!! Very interesting hard background and lovely contrasting layers. xxx

susie morris said...

This is awesome! what great techniques and a beautiful outcome. Love it! Thank you for sharing the steps!

Julie Short said...

Sending rusty oohs and ahhs your way Lin!The washer background sets off your embellishments perfectly!