Monday 30 October 2017

2017 #16 Rust: Gorgeous Foliage with ELB {by Ellie Knol}

2017 Topic 16: Rustification

I love how Ellie has created a lovely project using all kinds of interesting ideas, she even manages to get a tricky surface to go rusty too which looks amazing!

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR here with you today, and I'd like to share with you a rusty project, which could easily also be an autumnly project. 

As soon as I heard the theme RUST, I thought: that's for me! I LOVE the color of rust. It also made we want to try the Rusting Powder from Paper Artsy!!

I did make some mistakes with the Rusting Powder. My first try went (partially) into the waste bin; I sprayed too much water, so the powder colored it rusty around the stamped image as well; yes I actually tried to use it on a stamped image. I could save only a part of it to make some ATC'S from. 

Rust = metal? No.. the rusting powder can be used on any surface, even on fabric. You'll discover where I have used the powder when you read on. 

YES, some home decor, A4 size. The chicken wire has been patiently waiting in my stash for several years.... 

I started the project on a piece of fabric, cotton, covered partially with white gesso. I left some edges, so it would create a frame around the main part. When dry, I added the stamping with black StazOn (on the wrong side!!) with a stampng tool.  I could not understand why it was so difficult to stamp a dark image on it, even after the third try, until I realized that I stamped on the backside.....

....BUT that's a happy accident as far as I am concerned, as I could add color more easily to the beautiful foliage stamps from Lin Brown. I used some watered-down Brown Shed Fresco Chalk Paint to color it. The outlines of the stamped image were done with a black marker. The gesso at the back kept it from bleeding too much!

 A close-up of the sponging in the background with PS074

and PS021

...just to add some interest to the background, Do you see the structure paste on the base board with PS021? These were 'colored' with Rusting Powder, too. 

Maybe you can see the rust better on these:    

As you might have guessed: I also rusted the chicken wire by applying black structure paste to it, and make the powder stick to it before it had dried ... I sprayed it only after the paste was dry, to make sure the powder wouldn't run off from the moist. It really is like magic, it's real rust, and you wouldn't want this on metal that should not get rust on them; it smells like rust too! I sprayed it with a fixative after I was happy with the rusting effect. 

The edges around the frame is where there was no gesso at the back, and I could easily color that with wetting it, and adding distress inks. 


I particularly like the way the foliage has turned out!!

AND the rust! 

I really hope you are inspired to go create !!

I had fun making it, although it was a bit time consuming for the rust to do it's job, and paints (Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint  on the base MDF board, and Mud Splat 
Fresco Chalk Paint on the edges of it) to dry. To be honest, also because I had to start all over after I had done the stamping with a non-permanent ink, grrrr. 
I learned a lot from this project... I plan to do more !  

Believe it or not, I wanted to make a home decor piece with an embroidery ring as the frame, but then thought of the chicken wire, and knew what to do.

All that thinking on how to proceed takes time, grin.... 

See you next time! 

Ellie Knol 

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Wow it sounds like you created a challenge for yourself, but your accidental stamping on the back turned out to be a winning thing! I love how the foliage is outlined in black and a different colour on the inside! I don't think that would have happened if you hadn't stamped on the back by accident!Gorgeous effects! ~Leandra

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Helen said...

well done, Ellie - what a great outcome in the end!

geezercrafter said...

The chicken wire is a really good idea you chose, love all of the effects you have created.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous Ellie !

Kate Yetter said...

Beautiful rust effect! I especially love the chicken wire.

Dortesjs said...

Great with the chicken wire ;O)) love this

Mac Mable said...

So much inspiration and love that rust effect. Thank you x

Corrie Herriman said...

Beautiful Ellie !

Ellie Knol said...

Thank you so much, all! I had fun!

Words and Pictures said...

I love these rusty wildflowers, Ellie - gorgeous work!
Alison x

Annie said...

Thank You for sharing this amazing projects love love the rusting x

Annie x

Kirsten said...

That looks great, fab rusting.

Lucy Edmondson said...


Lucy x

craftimamma said...

Fabulous rusting on this creation. Love it on the texture paste numbers at the back.

Lesley Xx

Ellie Knol said...

AGAIN: Thank you so much, all! I had fun!

Etsuko said...

The effect of the wildflowers using rust powder is wonderfully Ellie. Great idea of the rust chicken wire. xxx