Saturday, 24 February 2018

Rust week

Hi it's Brenda here finishing off the RUST week and haven't we seen some fabulous projects showing how rust effects can be used for different projects?
I have used a tag I started at Stitches last weekend and if you take a peek at the end you will see how different it looks rusted up.

I had been demoing layered backgrounds and finished off with some crackle paste and one of Andy's new stamps.

I used a little of the stampendous chunky metallic EP on the arch window and experimented with some sand texture paste between the crackle.

Next came the fun bit with rusting it. I sealed the arch and brickwork with matte medium so I could wipe off any paints I didn't want on this area and then set about dabbing over raw umber, paynes grey and yellow oxide media acrylics. It looks a bit messy .....

.... but with rust in a bottle aka quinacridone gold I started adding washes and spritzes of water and was quite happy when I got to this point.

But there's always a but isn't there? There wasn't enough contrast for me, so I just spent a little time dabbling small amounts of the colours and spritzing with water again. I introduced a little prussian blue hue and I darkened the edges more. I also ran a little of the colours over the window and through the embossing. Then and only then was I feeling even happier. As I say to my students 'beauty is in the detail'.

To finish I raided a drawer where I keep lots of left over 'rusted' elements and chose some simple pieces to pull it all together.

And there it is looking nothing like it did at the beginning.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed looking at all the team's amazing rusty projects.

hugs Brenda xxx


Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Stunner!! Love it!

whyducks said...

Nice work Brenda x

Anna Lemsma said...

stunning Brenda

Brenda Brown said...

Thanks for your lovely comments ladies - much appreciated xxx

Nikki K Art said...

Brenda I saw you start this tag, loved it then and love it even more rusty :) Your layers are stunning. xx

Dee Adams said...

Absolutely stunning! x