Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Rusty Mixed Media Canvas for Frilly and Funkie

Hello friends and visitors! I'm so happy you stopped by! Today I'm over at Frilly and Funkie where the Funkie part of the team is unveiling their rusty inspiration .  I have to admit I have a little bit of a  rust fetish, and I was delighted when our exceptionally talented and creative Autumn chose the theme  'A Little Rusty'.

"With the end of summer nearing, some of us have gotten a little rusty with our creating due to holidays and lazy days.  For this challenge let's break out a rusty color palette in preparation for fall.  Whether you take the challenge literally and use rusted metal a faux rust technique, or just the color in your vintage or shabby chic project - the choice is up to you!  We can't wait to see your creativity in full swing!"

Please forgive the long post. I thought I would share some of my rusty techniques. Of course, you can always just look at the pretty pictures if you like. Notice the smaller photos? You can click on them for a closer look. I have links to most of the products used at the end of this post.

At the center of my canvas is a favorite die cut--Tim's butterfly, which I actually created first after seeing this on Pinterest. (I couldn't find a link to give the origin credit for the photo.) The rest of my canvas came together quite quickly after starting on my butterfly--rust spreads.

I cut the butterfly from 110# card, and later wished I had used grungepaper. I painted it with Sea Glass DecoArt paint and Prima Patina Effects Mint Green. The Patina Effects gives it some of that crusty texture you get with rust. I spritzed with  Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Mint and when dry applied DecoArt Crackle paint.I allowed that to dry and gave the entire thing a watery wash of Prima Red Rust paste. I repeated the same steps on the reverse side. I used Prima Sculpture medium to help shape the wings, but a single staple helps to maintain it's posture. Lastly, I gave it  two coats of DecoArt Ultra Matte varnish to seal.


The frame is one of my most loved dies--Tim's Ornate Frame cut from a panel from my cat's carton of canned food. At 20 lbs., he eats a lot, so I have a huge supply of this perfectly sized chipboard. I gave it a coat of thick gesso, sprinkled on Prima Mini Art Stones and allowed it to dry. Next up a coat of black gesso followed by a thick coat of DecoArt Crackle glaze. I allowed this to dry overnight then painted with Viva Rusty Paper, Prima Red and Gold Rust Paste. I finished it with two coats of DecoArt Ultra Matte varnish to seal.

For the background, I cut  a cardboard box panel to size, coated with gesso and dried. I sprayed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Mint. Using a palette knife, I randomly scraped on DecoArt Crackle paint not quite up to the edges and used Distress Grit paste around the edges. I layered on Viva Rusty Paper,  Prima  Brown and Red Rust pastes. I watered down the brown paste and swiped it on the crackle. I also added watered down DecoArt Media paint in Raw Sienna and Cobalt Teal Hue and some stamping using Distress Ground Espresso archival ink and Tim Holtz Ledger Script. Again, I finished it with two coats of DecoArt Ultra Matte varnish to seal. 

I also used the Prima Patina and Rust Effects paints to color my embellishments. The key and the gold mesh ribbon under it were included in the welcome package Linda sent when I joined the Design Team. Linda, owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, not only treats every customer well with exceptional customer service, but with a surprise package in every order. She extends that same royal treatment to her Design Team! Thank you, Linda! I used the sculpture medium on the cheese cloth and 'barbed wire' made from string.

And finally, an appropriate Clippings sticker edged in Sepia archival ink to top it off.

I hope you were inspired in some way to make some rust of your own. Please stop by Frilly and Funkie to see even more inspiration from all of my Frilly and the Funkie teammates, and then it's over to you! Don't forget you'll have a chance to win a $25 gift card to The Funkie Junkie Boutique  just by playing along!  Be sure to read the challenge details on the blog.

I'm sharing with these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - STAMPtember® Stamp It I used a script stamp on the background.

Many thanks for your visits and comments! I really do appreciate them, and hope to repay the visit before the week is over!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Here are the links to products I used that can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Shut the front door! What!!! This totally rocks my world! I adore the green tint paired with the rust. I always do things in monochrome and kill myself with my own predictability. I wish I could break out of the box like this and use more contrasting colors. You've certainly nailed it! The mesh and "barbed wire" are just amazing accents and that crackle is like artist crack to me and I'm addicted! ;0 Soooo in love!!! Big hugs, Autumn

  2. You are not kidding - you are the QUEEN of rust Sara Emily! I am in total awe of the butterfly and frame - they look exactly like rusted metal - love the greens on the butterfly - this is just beautiful! Julia xx

  3. Owwww - that's the sound I made when my jaw dropped to the floor!! Good golly, Sara Emily, this is spectacular!! I don't think I've ever seen such amazing texture and rusty brilliance on a project before!! I am truly in awe, my talented friend!! Of course I've bookmarked this page for future reference!! You are amazing!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. OH WOW, WOW, WOW Sara, your rust is absolutely incredible! The butterfly looks amazing, the background is just gorgeous and the rust around the edges - off the scale beautiful!! This is a fabulous piece of art!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Sara this is amazing - rust and cracklicious! amazing work my friend! Hugs rachel x

  6. Fantastic project, Sara Emily! I love the Fall season and all it brings especially these vibrant colors.

  7. WOW!!!(and double WOW!) This is stunning! I have scrolled back twice just taking it all in! You really have created something special here! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. Oh my - rusty timeworn and crackle elements are a match made in heaven, Sara this is utterly gorgeous and just divine xxx

  9. This is a new favorite for me. It is so perfectly grungy and has a great organic feel. The color palette is wonderful. The rust just pops against those shades of teal. So much gorgeous texture: the "barbed wire" (clever you!) the cheesecloth, the mesh ribbon that looks like chicken wire thanks to your clever transformation, and all that glorious crackle. I'm just so impressed with all the fabulous details in this gorgeous canvas!

  10. Yum Yum! I love all the rusty bits and the gorgeous tealy patina! Makes me think of some treasure pulled up from the sea!

  11. Oh boy!!! The close ups help show just how much rusty texture you've crammed into this fabulous canvas Sara Emily. I love the way that butterfly seems to be crumbling in front of our eyes xx

  12. I'm not much into rust, but your rusty canvas is really awesome! My favourite is your rusty frame and I love how you arranged the elements on the canvas! xx

  13. A stunning piece Sarah, love the rusty effects, just catching up and it's such a pretty card in your next post.
    Avril xx

  14. This is STUNNING!!! I absolutely love this project -- the rust effect is out of this world!
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge -- it was very special because we are celebrating STAMPtember so we thank you twice! We hope to see you again next week!
    x Zoey

  15. Sara, amazing steampunk piece! I love the rusty butterfly and all the great textures on your piece, looks really old! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at SASPC! hugs, Maura

  16. Wowzer - your rusted butterfly is so beautiful in its weathered decay - what an amazing grungy look you've created here. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  17. Holy cow Sara, this is freaking awesome!! I have never seen such an amazing rust effect before! That butterfly is soooo realistic! It looks like it's a hundred years old, discovered at the bottom of the ocean in some hidden treasure chest, and it could fall apart at the very thought of touching it! Your skills never stop impressing me! The frame must have been caught in the net of a sunken ship, and the background is a combination of both! The chicken wire is the perfect addition to this rustic antique piece, and the sentiment is such a great choice! Really love this one my friend! hugs

  18. This is an absolutely amazing project. The effects are superb and thank you so much for being so generous in sharing your techniques and the products that you have used. Totally fabulous , I am in love and off to look for my punchinella!Thank you for joining us at the Creative Artiste Mixed Media September Challenge. Good luck! Denyse x (DT)

  19. This piece is just lush in my eyes, absolutely gorgeous. Angela xXx


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