Saturday, 11 November 2017

Experimenting With Rust

Tonight I am sharing a project over at the PaperArtsy blog.  The theme for the fortnight is 'rust'.

I chose to use the gorgeous Everything Art stamps and to experiment with rusting powder.

Here is my project....

I wanted to create a rusted image with a stamp, stamping onto cotton - I had not tried stamping with rusting powder before so was quite nervous.  In fact, my first experiment didn't work - but I was delighted with my second attempt.

I used cotton as I thought it might create a soft effect.... and I was right.

I used the main image from Everything Art PaperArtsy stamp set 1.  I stamped using glue, making sure that I washed my stamp immediately after.  I then sprinkled rusting powder over the image.  In my first attempt, I sprinkled water and left the cotton - but it barely created and rust.  In my second attempt I squeezed a small amount of lemon juice over the image.  After a couple of hours (as can be seen in the pic below) I could see that this was more successful.

I then decided to leave the cotton panel overnight - the result was just what I was looking for.....

To finish the panel, I frayed the edges and added ink to 'age' them.

I then started to create a weathered rusty look panel.  For this, I layered lots of Seth Apter Fresco Finish paints until I was happy with the result.

This was then mounted onto a black card mat.

I stamped the word 'art' using Everything Art PaperArtsy stamp set 5 , then cut around them.  

I chose some rusty embellishments from my stash and then put everything together.

I had great fun creating this project, and I hope that you like what I created.

I hope that I have inspired you to join in with the fortnightly challenge and I look forward to seeing what you have created.

Happy Crafting!


  1. Love it Miriam never heard of rusting powder xx

  2. This turned out fabulous! Well done, great experiments.

  3. Beautiful! Great technique!