Rusty and Crusty ......

... no not me! but our new challenge at A Vintage Journey!

Hello and welcome to yet another month! And I am kicking off my blog posts with this little "slim" which allowed me to experiment with some rusty texture paste I have had for a while, but haven't really used. And our new challenge at A Vintage Journey was a really good opportunity.

The lovely Autumn is our host this month:

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.

I have got loads of offcuts of board from other projects and often enjoy making a "slim" project. These are 6" x 2", the size of a book mark, but a perfect size to try out new techniques or products.

This is how it started before I started adding the rust paste (I just remembered to take a photograph!). I have used Gesso as the base and also to cover my metal and paper embellishments. I have used ordinary texture paste to add a little interest too. The centres of the metal flowers are pearl embellishments (which I seem to have an abundance of) but when covered with the gesso will take any medium.

There are no photographs of any other part of the process I am afraid as I had no idea where it was going! These are the products I used:

I watered down the Red Texture Paste a little and painted it onto the board and embellishments. I then added the Dark Brown Texture Paste here and there, again watered down. Once dried it really is quite sandy and rough.

I had a little die cut lying on the desk and so used the same texture pastes but splodged them on with a pallete knife to give a heavier covering. 

I decided the whole slim looked rather dark and so I added the Turquoise Satin Wax over the main textures, just rubbing it on with my fingers.  Not quite the verdigris finish I was hoping for but looks nicer than the usual gold or silver I use.

Before adding the micro beads and sentiment I sanded the edges and the bits I could get to. I love the way the white board shows through here and there.

I am so glad to have the opportunity to experiment with these pastes and shall certainly be using them again. I was pleasantly surprised that they did a great job whether watered down or used as it comes out of the pot. 

I do hope you will visit us on the challenge blog (HERE) to see what amazing projects my talented fellow Creative Guides have made. There are so many wonderful rusty ideas. And I also hope you manage to join us with your rusty and crusty project.

As always thank you for joining me and have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x


Margaret Mifsud said…
This is gorgeous Jenny!! I love the techniques used and will be bookmarking this post for future reference! I also love the size of your 'slim'! As you said, perfect for trying out new techniques and products! Absolutely stunning little project! Thank you for the inspiration! x
Redanne said…
Jennie, I think you might be the only person I know who could take rust colours and make them look grungy and pretty at the same time - your rusty panel is fabulous!!! The lighter tone on the flowers makes them stand out beautifully on your gorgeous panel... Hugs, Anne xx
Brenda Brown said…
Your 'slim' is fabulous Jennie - the rusty nature of the board and elements go so well together. The wax and splatters completely lift it and the microbeads add that extra dimension that completes the whole look. Great job xxx
Cathy said…
Gorgeous project, love the texture and lovely rusty look, Cathy x
Jennie I adore the shape and size you have chosen to use, what a great way display your delicious rusted details. Your technique really resembles that dry mat powdery effect that true rust leaves, so realistic.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Best wishes and much creative this weekend Tracey.
You even do rust in a classy way Jennie. Love this and the texture from he Paste too. Beautiful florals. Love your 'slim'. Tracy ❤️
Julia Aston said…
What a great idea this little 'slim' is Jennie! Love the textures, layers and rusty colors you used - a beautiful piece! Julia xx
Astrid Maclean said…
Oh I just love your "slim"!!! The rusty effects look amazing and I just love the idea of using those cut off pieces in this way! You managed to make it look grungy and elegant at the same time, brilliant!!
butterfly said…
Scrumptious rusty florals - all the textures are amazing here, and I love the pale patina highlights, giving the texture such depth and detail.
Alison x
Deb said…
Well you say Rusty & Crusty is not you but you do it fabulously Jennie! Gorgeous rusted florals and love the addition of the turquoise and the sanding to add a lift to that fabulous rust finish. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo
Annie said…
Wonderful details on your Rusty and Crusty Slim Jennie x The florals look amazing against you wonderfully textured background and thanks for the tips too

Huge hugs
Annie x
A Pink said…
I adore this Jennie. I love how you have taken the'rusty and crusty' and made it look so beautiful . Loving the 'slims' and you composition is faultless.
Hugs x
Nikki Acton said…
There is only one person I know who can make Rusty look elegant! Dont know how you do it - but it is gorgeous!!! Great job Jennie xx
SewPaperPaint said…
Wow Jennie! What a beautiful project you created from such a humble scrap. I love the stencil you used, the metal flowers and especially the highlights you added over your rust. Awesome inspiration! Big hugs, Autumn
sarascloset said…
Jennie, somehow you have managed to make rust look feminine and pretty! I love this simple design, the way the white peeks through the rusty color, and the turquoise highlights. Really amazing! Hugs!
Carol said…
Love your "slim" - love how it is crusty rusty yet elegant - Beautiful xx
Beautiful piece! The texture and rust effects are stunning 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy Weekend! J 😊