Wednesday 8 November 2017

2017 #16 Rust: Oh Christmas Tree with EKC {by Helen Chilton}

2017 Topic 16: Rustification

Helen is evoking not only Christmas decor, but also Christmas smells in this post...I'm not spilling the beans...go and sniff it out for yourself!

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you this super easy rust technique that I saw on the Thicketworks site.

Creating effective rust always worried me a bit before I found this method - I always thought I'd have to dab the paint on in a special way or something. Using cinnamon powder is so easy as not only is it the right colour it also gives the right texture, that slightly powdery look of rust that's about to rub off on your fingers. You can also add dabs of paint over the top if you want to, but you don't have to. Once I found this technique, I've been rusting for England!

I've teamed up my house with Kay Carley's tree stamps.

Kay Carley and rust did seem a little incongruous, but it just goes to show that rust goes with anything.

My house is made of wood and comes in kit form. I always like to paint the things I'm going to rust with a metallic colour to give the illusion of a metal base.

Then just paint it with Fresco Finish Little Black Dress or Rich Espresso and shake on the cinnamon like glitter. Love this bit - you immediately get that rusty look. Couldn't be easier.

Kay's trees were embellished with a bit of orange/rusty coloured foil. A stamp positioner's useful here as you can overstamp the green tree in VersaMark and add some Ranger Sticky embossing powder. You get foiling in patches which made me think of a Christmas tree that's starting to go brown before all the needles drop off.

I've rusted loads of different things, none of them metal. If you want an aged patina look instead of straight rust, try adding a bit of greenish paint over the top of the cinnamon - Fresco Finish Dusty Teal with a bit of Pewter mixed in would be good.

When cut out, Kay's trees are very flexible which means you could easily use them to make a circular wreath - perhaps you could layer it up on a rusty card base with a few rivets here and there - flat backed pearls given the cinnamon treatment look just like old rivets.
So, why don't you raid the spice rack and have a go? Come to think of it, a bit of ground turmeric might be an interesting addition....



You never cease to amaze me Helen! I'm sure I have lot of spices that could make an interesting rusty addition! And I love the foiled tree, yes the needles do look like they are about to drop! Thankyou for another wonderful post! ~ Leandra

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Kirsten said...

Great transformation, the rust looks great and I love the trees in their little pots.

Helen said...

now that is the sort of rusting I like the sound (and smell) of! the house (and the tree) look fantastic.

Mac Mable said...

Now this is a fabulous and such a creative idea. Marvellous inspiration, thank to raid the spice cabinet x

Hazel Agnew said...

Smells like Christmas to me. A great idea and it has worked beautifully. Love it. Xx

Craftyfield said...

It occurred to me that paprika looked good but I haven't had the courage to try yet. Soon... Wonderful d├ęcor piece, Helen!

geezercrafter said...

Amazing project Helen, Tumeric sounds a great idea and would compliment the Cinnamon.

Annie said...

such a stunning make here Helen x Totally love the technique and can't wait to try it !!!

Annie x

Etsuko said...

Beautiful Christmas tree and rusting house Helen. A good smell of cinnamon seems to drift to here. xx

Ruth said...

Fab home decor piece and will smell Christmassy too!! Lovely x

Scrapcosy said...

I knew about the cinnamon technique but I've never tried it. It looks beautiful Helen! And it must smell soooo well! :)

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is so fabulous, Helen it appeals to me so much and I can't wait to try it! Love the idea of cinnamon especially at this time of year, and also the idea of dusty teal and pewter over the top!

Lucy x