You know how one thing leads to another – I was sanding a cedar block this morning when I remembered a technique I developed for a faux rust finish a couple of years ago.
Aha! I though. That is perfect for Valentine’s day gift for SHARDS readers!!
Here’s a great quote to go with it, from poet John Mark Green. “Beneath the rust and grime which dulls the shine of our weathered hearts, joy patiently waits to be rediscovered” You can write that on the tag you attach to the heart.
So here are the materials and steps – you should have most of this stuff, especially if you tried the faux turquoise finish I posted several weeks ago.
What you will need:
- A scrap of coarse-grit sandpaper – used is fine
- A scrap of 300# watercolor paper or card stock
- Acrylic paint – Quinacridone gold, Aqua Green
- Tsukineko Walnut Ink – Java
- Ribbon scrap
- Heavy-duty hole punch
- Glue Stick
- Tag (optional)
Honestly, this is such a fun little diversion – and you can make several of these in less that an hour. Get a small tree limb and stick it in a flower pot and hang these guys from the branches. How totally Martha Stewart!
Sometimes we just need an artsy-craftsy break from our serious artwork, plus this is a technique that you might find useful in your mixed-media work. Happy early Valentine’s day, my weathered, rusty-hearted friends!