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Technique Thursday – Easy Peasy Rust!

Hi everyone, it’s my turn for technique Thursday, it kind of crept up on me a bit,  but here it is!

I thought I would show you Kay’s easy rust technique, with just three colours of Cottage paint, Burning Bonfire, Hot Cocoa and Postbox Red.  Add a little Goldfinger to highlight and voila.

Firstly I painted the inside of the box in Postbox red, then coated the rest in Gee So Good black.  This gives a good ‘tooth’ for your paint, and lifts bright colours like the orange and red.

You might notice I wasn’t working on my craft mat when I started.  Sometimes I like to use greaseproof paper, that way when I’ve finished making a mess I can just roll it up and put it in the bin, which saves having to clean paint off your mat!


box gessoed

Then I took the three paint colours and put some on my paper sheet:

paints 1

Taking the darkest first (brown), put some splodges onto your piece, and then repeat with the red and then orange.

rust painting 1

Get a clean baby wipe, and just blot the paint.  Don’t overdo it, just leave it so you can see the colours merging nicely.  And don’t think too much about it, it will work!

box baby wipe

While you have the paints out, take a sheet of Cogs Alter Ego’s,  and paint them the same, just splodge the brown, red, then orange paint over them to give a rusted effect.

painting the cogs

When this is dry, either use a craft knife on your cutting mat, or a pair of scissors to just get the cogs out of the splodgeboard, they are only held in by one notch, and easy to remove.  I always keep my paintbrush with a bit of colour on so you can touch up the sides where you cut them out.

cogs painted

After this, I dry brushed a bit of Goldfinger (the new fab metallic paint from Indigoblu), over the cogs, and around the box, to give a subtle sheen.  It’s also better than gilding wax in some cases, as it won’t dry up in it’s pot.

box gold highlight

Start attaching the cogs with something like studio matte medium, it dries matte so you can’t see the glue.  I used glossy accents today, but you can see bits if you aren’t careful.

box cogs added

Stamp a few images, mine are from Good Times, and Take the Time stamp sets.

stamp images

Colour them with vintage photo distress ink, and cut out.

cut out images

Layer up the cogs and images around your box until you are happy with the effect.

box sides

And these show your finished item. . .I just added a glass globe to the top of my box, with glass glitter and a tiny cog inside. .

box front

box top bulb

box finished

I hope you have got some inspiration from today’s post, and it just shows what you can do with just three colours of paint.  It looks great in wimberry pie, Townhouse Teal, and something pale like Pink Iced gem together as well.

Have fun playing!

Best Wishes,

Nikki K.



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7 Comments on Technique Thursday – Easy Peasy Rust!

  1. Wow!! Love this Nikki, the faux rust technique looks fab. Love the globe on the top too! LindyLou xx

    Linda W | May 22, 2014 at 3:02 pm () ()
    • Thank you hun. Xx

      Nikki K | May 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm () ()
  2. Love this Nikki – you’ve just given me an idea!!! Jenny x

    Buttons (Jenny Marples) | May 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm () ()
    • Ooh, can’t wait to see Jenny! Xx

      Nikki K | May 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm () ()
  3. Brilliant rust technique, it looks so effective. The finished piece is fabulous xx

    Christine Smith | May 22, 2014 at 11:10 pm () ()
  4. I love this Nikki……absolutely brilliant……hugs Lisa.B.x

    Lisa Baker | May 23, 2014 at 10:32 am () ()
  5. looks so realistic! and that globe is ace xx

    Theresa Pace | May 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm () ()