Tuesday 21 August 2018

Look beyond the Rust and Crust of Life

Hello Creative Friends

I hope you are all keeping well and those of you in the UK
are looking forward to the upcoming Bank Holiday..??

I've been having a BIG craft sort out and came across more UFO's
I knew these elements would work very well together.

Here's what I got up to and those *How to Do's*

Take a cheap household sponge and glue it onto a greyboard heart.
Shape to size, punch in holes and add eyelets when dry.

Onto an MDF Chunkie I pushed texture paste through the Lines Stencil
Smeared on sand paste with my fingers and when dry painted 
all over with Chestnut Brown Multi Surface Paints.

I then dabbed on paint from the colour choice you see, spritzing with water 
allowing the paints to drip, fall and catch on the textured surface.

The sponge heart was first painted in red, spraying with water 
makes it easier for the sponge to absorb the paint. When dry 
I dabbed on spots of texture paste and allowed it to dry completely.

Using a bag full of greyboard cogs already prepped as a colour guide.

I used that same colour palette seen above to paint the whole heart 
mixing the colours on the sponge to replicate the colour of rust.

Arranging the cogs onto the chunkie I threaded a lace through 
the heart gluing it all in place using multi purpose adhesive.

Adding the finer detail to create the rust effect background,
pushing and pinching the texture paste allows it to crack

Picking away pieces of the texture paste also removes parts of the sponge 
revealing those protected rich reds underneath as the paste acts as a resist.

Stamped words on Kraft card are distressed and concertinaed 

Glued into place my Rust effect chunkie is complete and ready to hang.


Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead
what ever you have planned.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs & Wishes
Tracey xx

I'm playing along with:
SanDee & amelie's - Steampunk/Industrial Challenge
A Vintage Journey - How can I resist Challenge

All products  used are That's Crafty:
Greyboard heart - MDF ChunkieLines Stencil - Multi Surface Paints - Texture Paste -
Texture Sand Paste - Greyboard  Small Cogs Large CogsMultipurpose Adhesive


Valerie-Jael said...

This is great. Really looks like some ancient, rusty objects you found, fantastic! Have a wonderful day, hugs, Valerie

aussie aNNie said...

AMAZING, LOVE this rusty look. My dad had old rusty stuff, the real rust, like this in his shed, like 50 years old.xx

A Pink said...

What a fabulous project, Tracey. Great use of the household sponge - so much natural texture enhanced by your terrific creativity. Looks super impressive . Loving all the Rusty, Grunginess . Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey x

Soma @ said...

So wonderful that you made this steampunk art with everyday things. Love the rust look you created. It's amazing!


JFM said...

I absolutely LOVE,LOVE, LOVE, this!!!
Great Art Tracey!!!
It looks as if it has been around for ages!!!


Dorthe said...

Wow, Tracey, this is just amazing- what a great idea with the sponge- it looks totally gorgeous, after your painting and cracking the surface , adding paints to make it look rusted, what it really does.
The chunky background, too is fantastic . Whom would have ever thought a sponge could end up looking like that !!
Wishing you a wonderful Bank Holiday, dear friend- Big hugs from Dorthe- xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing make! I love how you created all the rusty and crusty-ness - perfect 😁. It looks like you had lots of messy fun creating this 😉. Wishing you a happy new week! J 😊 x

froebelsternchen said...

Incredible how you create one WOWSER after the other !
I am totally impressed with that piece! I had to enlarge all because I soo loved your use of the household sponge.
This assemblage is absolutely after my taste!
You are such an inventive artist!
Ingenious what you did with the sponge!
I often save colored little sponges and looking at them and thinking about how to use them in a piece, but never used one How you made this is simply AWESOME!!!
I am thrilled!
I wish you a very happy week dear Tracey! Thank you for your always so thoughtful comments you leave me!
I appreciated this a lot! Thank you from the bottom of my heart♥♥♥!

Big hugs, Susi

Redanne said...

Wow Tracey, it is hard to believe that that was once a sponge, it looks amazing, like a pitted piece of rusty something or other, it is brilliant. The whole piece is brilliant, you have a wonderfully inventive brain - could I borrow it for a day or so, I am clean out of ideas at the moment! This truly is a wonderful piece of art! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Its hard to believe how this awesome project started out.
Fabulous rust effects and textures, not forgetting the wonderful details.
A big Wow from me.
Yvonne xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you Valerie, the crustier the better for me hee hee xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thanks Annie, I think my Grandad had the same obsession although he tended to use them in his garden to grow things up xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you so much Amanda, i'm so glad you like it. A pleasure to play along with the challenge x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you Soma, I do love putting these sort of projects together.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thanks Jan, I feel like that crusty sponge some days hee hee!! Glad you like x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

It's not the first time I have altered a sponge, I built part of a model railway for my eldest when he was little using many of them. Such a versatile and cheap material to use. So happy to see you like it Dorthe, Thank you very very much.
Have a wonderful week dear xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Always so much fun creating things just like this. I love playing and mixing paints to create other colours. Thank you for your lovely comments Jo. Have a super week x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Susi you are so sweet and it is so heart warming to know that the little things I share are appreciated. People like yourself are so kind with words, it makes taking those steps to share so much easier.
I hope you too use up those saved sponges and turn them into Art as it all helps save our environment with a little less going to landfill.
Thank you as always for your visits I hope you enjoy as much as I do when I come on over to visit you xx

My name is Erika. said...

That is an amazing piece of art and I love how you made that heart. Who would guess it is a cheap sponge? I love the rust effects. Hugs-Erika

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Awww Thanks Anne, I must admit it reminds me of pumice up close with those exposed holes in the sponge. I have these sort of ideas all the time usually when i'm trying to switch off & watch a bit of TV, they interrupt and scratch away until i've written them down. Finding the time to execute them is the problem I have.. Those ideas will come Anne when you are least expecting them.
Thank you as always for your kind comments, it means a lot xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you so much Yvonne, I do love creating this sort of project and these colours and fast becoming my go to's hee hee!! x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Thank you kindly Erika, really pleased you like it's rust effect. Many thanks xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Every year from April 1 to April 22, which is Earth Day (and also my bEARTHday), I showcase art I make using items one would normally send to the trash or recycle bin. I may ask to share this beautiful heart sometime during the month of April next year. It is phenomenal. Of course, I am also drawn to anything RUST, so the entire piece was incredible. I love how you chipped away at the cogs and heart to get to the base color. Your attention to detail is STELLAR. I love it all, dear.

Neet said...

Well I never! Who would have thought of doing something like that? Not me, but how fantastic it turned out. Love it! Thanks for sharing and telling how to do it - this is fabulous!
Hugs, Neet xx

craftytrog said...

This really is amazing Tracey! The rusty textures and colours are fabulous! Love it!
Alison xxx

Dotty Jo said...

Wow! What a stunning piece - you are clever, Tracey, Jo x

SewPaperPaint said...

Tracey, I could not love this more if I tried! How incredibly clever of you to design the sponge for your panel. It is breathtaking and so so creative! I truly love this and feel encouraged with possibility... Thank you! Big hugs, Autumn

Redanne said...

Just had to pop back for another look and also to say thanks so much for joining in at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

Amanda said...

What a wonderful idea, utter genius, just loving the texture it creates. Need to try this
Amanda x

SLScheibe said...

Wow! That is such a cool steampunky piece of art! Love the wonderful heart especially!

Lisabella Russo said...

Oh that is fantastic! I love it! Thanks also for sharing your process, it's very impressive.

Jackie PNeal said...

How cool! I did not even know it was a sponge till I read the whole instructions
Your textures are absolutely Yummy- just the way I like them!
big hugs,Jackie xx

klistersøster said...

Great that you have used a natural sponge as a focal point, what a good idea. Lovely rust and just got up from the ocean. Thank you for showing it on SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges. Hugs, Susan

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh my Tracy! It really is fascinating to see how you created this beautiful piece! Sorry for being such poor blog visitor - I seem to be on permanent catch up these days! Hugs, Chrisx

Julia Aston said...

What a wonderful rusted piece Tracey! It looks like it might have been at the bottom of the ocean for a few years! So creative using the sponge for the heart! thanks for sharing all of your creative details and for joining us in the A Vintage Journey Challenge! Julia xx

Words and Pictures said...

Wowzer - what incredible textures and rusty grungy goodness - a well spent Bank Holiday weekend for sure!
Alison x

Sue said...

This is amazing Tracey, so imaginative and beautifully done! Hope you having fun packing up your boxes, just keep telling yourself it will all be worth it in the end xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Nearly missed this and love it. Happy packing, I hope xXx

Jane Elizabeth France said...

Ohhhh...myyyyy... word!!!!! tongue is still hanging out after looking at this amaazing piece... who the heck would ever think that this is from a piece of sponge!!!!.. that rustiness and crustiness is unbelievably real!!!.. my word.. pleeeeeezzzzeee do a class on this technique, and put my name down... I would come all the way to the Midlands just to see you demonstrate any of your work. I am in love with this Tracey. Thank you for your inspiration. Xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, this is amazing!!! The rusty effects just look incredible, - it really has the wow factor!!!

sarascloset said...

Oh, wow! I saw this in the gallery and had to come tell you how incredibly creative you are to make something so cool out of a common household object! My hat is off to you! Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey! Hugs!

toni said...

What a great idea! Love the ancient rust effects you've achieved x

Annie said...

This is an amazing piece of Art and the textured details are awesome. Thank You so much for joining in with us over at A Vintage Journey this month.

Hugs Annie xx

Words and Pictures said...

What an amazing creation - that old sponge has been transformed into a relic from antiquity - brilliant inventive work. Love all the rusty textures and details too. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
Alison x

A Pink said...

Congratulations, Tracy on being chosen as one our pinworthy winners over at A Vintage Journey. Fabulous Creativity x

Paper Wishes said...

Great to see your project on a Vintage journey pinworthy board, Congratulations Tracy. x