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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A little rust is a must ... but heaps is a whole lot better!!!!!

Finally had time to just play ... to sit and create something just for me!
Well, of course, all my crafting is just for me because 'tis what I love to do but this time this was not a project needed for a specific purpose ... and, oh did I enjoy doing this one.

And ... you'd better sit down for this
and get yourself a stiff drink
for once
I am actually quite pleased with how this turned out
in fact
it is not even destined to the Box of Failures
but it is going to be

Whilst at a family BBQ at Alfie's I came across a pair of rusty old scissors that he had just dug out of his veggie patch ... 

Set his old aunt's creative juices flowing I can tell you
Kinda, sorta had a vision in my head straight away of what I wanted to do with them

After a false start where it was not coming together quite as hoped 
but I Carried on Regardless
but knew I was not happy with it
I had all the bits stuck in place and was leaving overnight to dry completely and was merrily bobbling away during the evening when I suddenly announced
"It's no good"!
And dashed off to rip off as many of the pieces as I could

Tore the canvas in a few places but nothing that could not be disguised
and I left it all in a heap ready to tackle afresh the next day

Tackle afresh I did
and was back to more of what I envisioned

Thought I had it finished last night
but was not happy with it this morning
so tweaked
and now it IS finished

I think ...

Linen stretched canvas 
Randomly torn corrugated cardboard
Modelling paste mixed with the smallest art stones and spread through one of my barbed wire stencils
Black heavy gesso
Everything stuck in place with 3D Gloss Gel and the heavier pieces with Heavy Body Gel
Layers and layers and layers of mica sprays :
Teal * Bottle Green * Rust * Copper
Then layers and layers and layers of Rust Paste
Rust mica powder mixed with Soft Gloss Gel and dry-brushed over the barbed wire to bring out the detail

Photo's are rubbish - not bringing out the true colours or mica-shimmer
but I promise they are there.


  1. You need to take that "having fun" attitude to all your work, just let things develop on the way. I prescribe more fun and fewer self inflicted deadlines for you. Have fun with all your rust. xxx Maggie

  2. Gorgeous! I just love it!

  3. This is a brilliant piece . I just love what you have done with the sissors. Who knew digging over a veggie patch could be such fun. Maybe Alfie could start on the flower border next.!! Hugs Mrs A.

  4. Just had to have a sneaky peek and see if you'd blogged it... and you have!

    So gorgeous - that texture is just scrumptious and you've matched the colours to that rust just perfectly. I should think you ARE pleased with it :)

    Carmen x