Rust, Rust, and more Rust!

I don't know why, but I love rust!  The colours, patterns, something about it just speaks to me.  So when, Finnabair came out with her new Rust Effect Paste set, I was anxious to try it out. 

I've had this Blue Fern Studios Grunge Frame Chipboard piece (it measures 11" sq) for a long time, and I've been meaning to use it. I'm so glad I saved it, because it is perfect for this paste set.  Since it's raw chipboard, I first applied black gesso on the surface to prepare it.  This gives it a nice base when applying any kind of media.  I wanted the black, in case I left any spots open when applying my paste.   
Rust Effects Paste set is three different colours of paste; brown, orange and yellow.  I applied the brown first, let dry and then applied lightly, the orange.  I didn't want to completely cover the brown, just highlight areas.  After this dried, I did the same for the yellow.  I went back and applied some brown and orange over certain areas to tone down the yellow.  It's as easy as that!  

I had adhered a piece of Prima Vintage Emporium paper to a piece of chipboard, as I wasn't sure how heavy this large frame would be once attached.  Before attaching anything, I used the new Tim Holtz Gears Stencil with texture paste in the top right corner.  After this had dried, I applied Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium (that's what gave it that brown vintage look) and the Tim Holtz Crazing Medium (gives it a subtle crackle/crazing finish).

Once my frame had dried, I attached some Finnabair Rusty Gears and Tin Heart Mechanicals.  The brads (Hex Paper Fasteners) are from Tim Holtz.  

These mixed media bits actually were done before attaching to my layout.  I used my non-stick craft mat and directly applied gel medium, spreading it like the photo above. These are called skins, and can be removed from the craft sheet, once they have dried.  The thinner they are, the more difficult to remove in one piece, and the thicker they are, the longer they take to dry. I had been playing around with this a 4 or 5 days before and had just left to dry, so I'm not sure how long they actually took.  While wet,  I added in my different mediums to colour (paints, sprays) and also Finnabair's new Art Stones.  These are light white small stones that can take any medium and are perfect for adding in texture. Don't they look cool when altered? The gold is Ranger's new Wendy Vecchi Buttercup Mica Spray.  I was really surprised at how beautiful and vibrant this colour was, could be a new favourite!  These mica sprays come in sets of three and there's a set from each Ranger Signature Designer (Tim Holtz, Dina Wakley, Dylusions, and Wendi Vecchi). I can't wait to try the others.

It's so fun and versatile, playing around with these skins on a craft sheet, instead of directly on your paper.  If you don't like what you've done or want to change them, you haven't ruined your paper!  It's fun just to experiment with different mediums, they can even be saved on plastic for future projects. They can be cut out, or even stamped on, once they have dried.  Once they were adhered, I added a bit of sprays, rust texture to make them look like they were applied directly on the paper.  The honeycomb die-cut paper was from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits die.

I can't wait to apply this Rust Effects on other embellishments!  Thanks for stopping by,



Mimi said...

Super awesome! I love the look of rust, too... Thanks for the product review! Your entire project is full of awesome detail. Thumbs up

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I have not heard of this glad to know, as I LOVE rust too! This is stunning!!! Completely gorgeous!!!

Unknown said...

such an easy way to get the rust look without much fuss. i love how it turned out. looks so real.

sarascloset said...

Jan, this is just amazing!I haven't heard of this product either, so I'm happy you gave this tutorial. And those skins are freaking cool! Just a fabulous project! I love rust, too, and my two most recent posts are rust based. Have a look if you get a chance...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful artwork...I've been a follower for a long time, but don't comment too much. I just had to say something this time because I am a rust fanatic, and yours is spot on!

Kelly said...

Hi Jan, I'm always impressed with the creative way you put all the elements together and so appreciate your product knowledge at the store. This is so cool and obviously a big hit. Thanks for sharing all your projects at Urban, we all benefit, shoppers and staff <3 BTW, I love where you added Drew's photo too, it's perfect there.

Unknown said...

This is amazing Jan!

Allison Morgan said...

I love the rust effect you achieved, it looks so real and the frame is fab. I can't quite cope with the bobbly bits tho, but that's just me (I have weird phobias!) lol, but I do love everything else. :)

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