Monday 22 October 2012

Tag Tuesday - Rust

I really wanted to try out making a tag look rusty and I hope you think I managed it!!  I started out by creating the layout of my tag with raised elements ready to get painty.  I glued everything in place with a hot glue gun.

Next step was to give everything a good coating of black acrylic paint.  I had trouble with the roses so I ended up giving them a spray with some black delusions ink. I think I almost got everywhere - I can see three tiny specks of red remaining in this photo!

Next I stippled on brown and black paint with some sand added to give the piece some texture.  I quite like this wet look picture here!

 Stippling on brown and orange paint next and suddenly the rust appears.  I like that my roses have lost a bit of shape because of all the wet paint as they now look like they really are rusting away.

The final step was to add what I hope looks like the remains of a layer of turquoise paint.  I added a few metallic highlights and some orange embroidery thread to tie the two tags together.

I really enjoyed trying to make this tag look rusty and it came together quite quickly as I used my heat gun to dry the paint layers as I worked.

The sand really help make it look like bits of metal are falling away and my roses look like petals are disintegrating.

I am in the middle of uploading a Halloween video tutorial for the second time as it turned out to be 20 seconds too long for You Tube - I won't make that mistake again!!!!  See you tomorrow and thank you for popping by. x  If you want to see more rusty tags then follow this link to Tag Tuesday.


  1. Terrific--it looks like real, rusty metal for sure.

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Hi Helen, I have always wanted to do a rusting technique but never quite got it right, but after seeing this it has inspired me to try again. Your finished pieces look fabulous, I really love them. Now following you so I don't miss anything else! Crafty hugs, Anne x

  3. Fantastic tag Helen. I am a big fan of all you do :0)


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