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Inspired by Rust


Hi everyone and welcome to another regular Saturday instalment here at IndigoBlu. Today I’m sharing something completely different from the usual cards and Christmas fayre, a multi-media canvas that tests out the properties of English Cottage Artist’s Acrylic Paints.

Before we get to that it’s heads up time. Kay and the IndigoBlu team will be at the NEC this weekend with demos galore (Stand G48) so make sure you say hello if you’re going. And the lovely Clare Horner will be at Crafty Corner, South Shields on Saturday between 10am and 4pm sharing some clever crafting ideas.

Now for the canvas…



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Believe it or not this is paint, all paint – not a scrap of texture paste in sight! I got inspired by a challenge over at the Artist Trading Post Exchange – Any Old Iron! hosted by the wonderful Julia. The Design Team came up with some fantastic projects and it got the little grey cells whirring.


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The base started with a plain piece of mountboard sealed with Black Gee-Sso Good! Then I applied Miss MoneyPenny Acrylic Paint in small stages with the foam side of a piece of Phat Foam, drying it with a heat gun to make the ridges bubble and set. Further layers of Burning Bonfire, Postbox Red and Hot Cocoa Acrylic Paint added a real depth to the rust colour. Having left this base to dry I dry brushed the textured surface with more Black Gee-Sso Good! and added some black Distress Ink to the edges.


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Adding a structured base to the rest of the elements was important.  I applied more of the same paints to a piece of Perfect Stamping Card, stamped textured backgrounds from the Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds A5 stamp set over it with touches of Postbox Red and Townhouse Teal and cut it into strips, inking the edges again.


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Picking up on the black edges,  I gold embossed words from the Sarah’s Choice A5 stamp set onto Coal Black Stamping Card. Onto the same card I used the Holly Berry A6 stamp and FlitterGlu to apply Yorkshire Dales Mega Flakes before fussy cutting it. Oh yes, Holly Berry is not just for Christmas either; as the leaves are less distinctly spiky you can easily use it as a general foliage stamp.


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The final flourishes included lace, paper flowers, old metal nuts, bottle caps filled with seed beads and UTEE moulded buttons all sprayed with Townhouse Teal, Peppermint Tea and Goldfinger Acrylic Paints mixed with water.


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Seriously, how brilliant are these paints! I hope you’ve enjoyed getting a glimpse at a little of their full potential here  – you can possibly see why I got a little carried away when showing them off at the NEC on Friday!! If you haven’t given them a go yet (or, as several people admitted to when asked) you’ve got them but not taken the lids off  I urge you to go for it this weekend and conjure up your own magic.

That’s all from me for now. Don’t forget if you’re at the NEC go say hi to Kay and Alfie (and grab yourself some serious bargains!) Hope you have a great weekend and whatever you’re up to, take care of yourselves.

Jenny xxx

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17 Comments on Inspired by Rust

  1. Lace and Rust…couldn’t be more perfect to me, fabulous texture created with the paints…can’t stop looking at this. Wonderful Jenny! Ruth x

    Ruth | November 8, 2014 at 11:16 am () ()
  2. Gorgeous! Well done Jenny.
    Lisa x

    Lisa Winnard | November 8, 2014 at 11:22 am () ()
  3. This is so fantastic, Jenny. I love the rusty background you achieved with the paints and the grouping of embellishments and stamping is incredible. I love the verdigris colors and the gold embossing on the black CS – very powerful look. A really incredible piece of work!

    Linda, the funkie junkie | November 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm () ()
  4. I am completely mesmerized by this creation Jenny, the way you have created the rust is nothing short of genius! The way you have embellished your canvas is just stunning too. Those paints are now at the top of my list when I visit at the end of November now….. Anne xx

    Anne R | November 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm () ()
  5. A great project Jenny, the rust effect looks fantastic and the composition is just perfect! Wished I could have seen the paints in action at the NEC, because for now I am still puzzled about what makes these paints with their wonderful fancy names, different from all the other acrylic paints on the market….

    Astrid | November 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm () ()
    • It’s the fact that they don’t contain any water – just pigment and binder – so they will not settle when sponged and are super opaque. Plus they are fabric paints too – no extra ingredients need adding to make them washable up to 40 degrees if you allow them to dry on non-sized fabric and iron them on the reverse. Plus the gesso is unequalled in its quality. Hope that helps Astrid x

      Jenny Marples (Buttons) | November 13, 2014 at 9:31 am () ()
  6. Awesome project Jenny.
    Julie x

    Julie Lavalette | November 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm () ()
  7. Wonderful piece Jenny! I love the rusty background with the contrasting blues and greens of the embellishments, and those glints of gold add an elegant touch! Thanks for joining us for the ATP Exchange ‘Any Old Iron Challenge’ x

    Toni | November 8, 2014 at 6:45 pm () ()
  8. What a wonderful creation Jenny! love the rusty look – that background is wonderful with the black gesso base! and your layering of flowers and stampings is beautiful!

    Julia Aston | November 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm () ()
  9. I love this look Jenny. Thank you for such a great tutorial too. I can see a lot of work went into the making of this and the colour combo is fabulous. Hugs Rita xxx

    Rita | November 9, 2014 at 4:25 am () ()
  10. Fabulous canvas Jenny! Love the background! Sue C x

    Sue C | November 9, 2014 at 8:15 am () ()
  11. Love it !!!! the colours are just wonderful and lovely to see how you have used what is obviously going to be on my wish list !!! Jennie x

    Jennie Atkinson | November 9, 2014 at 6:21 pm () ()
  12. Kay. I just love everything you do. and what a fantastic project.
    I hope one day to be able to achieve the same
    Just keep on doing what you are doing.

    Josie Parker | November 10, 2014 at 11:31 am () ()
  13. Jenny…your creation is gorgeous. I totally LOVE it. I love the colors, the richness of your textures and design, just everything about it. I also love your mix of metals and flowers and stamping and rusted look … well, just ALL of it! Simply stunning. Thank you, too for all of the lovely comments you’ve left on my blog. I’m sort of AWOL right now…my father in law has been diagnosed with a very serious illness and I am spending time with my inlaws. Sending hugs… <3 Candy

    candycolwell | November 10, 2014 at 7:06 pm () ()
  14. Stunning and striking card Jenny. Love your adapted ‘scrapbook style’ layout. It works brilliantly. Nicola x

    Paper Profusion | November 11, 2014 at 12:39 am () ()
  15. Beautiful canvas Jenny. Love the colours and textures you’ve combined so cleverly. (and you know how much I love rust!).
    So pleased you joined us at ATP Exchange.
    Julia xx

    Julia S-W | November 14, 2014 at 11:51 am () ()