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Friday, 13 April 2018

A Rusty Crusty Creation

I was honoured by 
recently as being "pinworthy",
and invited to join as a GDT for this month's challenge

A walk on a grey day brought me inspiration,
looking at the trees with the light behind them.
 I raided my stash of board hangers...
 and coated one with gesso...
thick enough to scratch marks into.
 When it was nearly dry I pressed a piece of 
kitchen paper on to add more subtle texture...
 before adding a thin black paint layer.
Next I took a tree stencil and taped it in position
to use as a mask.
 I used a piece of natural sponge to add
red, yellow and green acrylic paint.
 After I had built up the layers of paint I washed the mask
while the paint dried.
I replaced the mask and added a layer of heavy gel medium.
 This is how it looked when I removed the mask
to wash again.
 After the gel dried I didn't feel there was enough contrast,
so I replaced the mask again and added a little white.
 Still hadn't achieved the "rusty" I wanted,
so I mixed rust coloured paint with some bead gel...
which gave me this yummy texture.
The tree trunks seemed a little flat now, so I 
used crackle glaze to give the effect of old bark...
 rubbing a white wash into the cracks.
 Very happy with the finished textures and colours.
Both Rusty and Crusty :D
Enjoy XXX

I would like to enter this in the following challenges;


  1. I completely adore how you create texture. I can almost feel the rough deliciousness through the screen. And those colors!

    1. And I love how your stroll sipped (and translated) into your art.

  2. Fabulous texture on this! A fantastic project! Thank you very much or joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Happy weekend !oxo Susi

  3. Beautiful creation! I love how you recycled the board hanger and used the tree die as a mask - amazing 😀. Thanks so much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday! J 😊

  4. A wonderful textured project. Thank you for sharing it with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

  5. A fabulous transformation with lots of gorgeous texture . Thanks so much for entering our pimp it up challenge over at Country View Challenges xx

  6. Wow Gina!!! Such a beautiful creation!! I love how you made it!!! Thanks for sharing the steps and the pictures! Big Hugs!

  7. Fantastic creation and love all the texture. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  8. Great project ! Thank you for joining the 'pimp it up' challenge over at Country View Challenges this month !
    Corrie x

  9. A wonderful project

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

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