Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Hi everyone. I guess all that rain last week will have made for a lot of rust! I had so many ideas for this week I got a bit cofobulated! In the end I found a lovely poem by Mary Carolyn Davies and decided to try and illustrate that.

I have used quite a few materials to do this. Firstly I made a hinged tag and smothered it in brown acrylics and Distress Brushed Corduroy crackle paint. Then I hunted in the garden and found some real rusty washers and a nut and an old biscuit tin lid that fell apart when I lifted it. The heart was die cut from some metal sheet and rusted using Distress embossing powder and then I cut it in two, punched some holes and 'mended' it with some old wire and mounted it on top of the rusty tin. 
I love the way the real and the faux rust come together. The poem reads:
Iron, left out in the rain
And fog and dew,
With rust is covered. - Pain
Rusts into beauty too.
I know full well that this is so:
I had a heartbreak long ago.
I finished the tag off with a paper rose I sprayed with brown ink, a grungeboard key I rusted as above, the poem and a piece of ribbon dyed with Rusty Hinge and Walnut stain and a metal 'live'and 'love' I found in my stash.
Thanks for all your kind comments my dear tag friends! Hope you all have a lovely week. x


  1. This is truly beautiful! I think it's one of my favorite tags so far.

  2. Love the hinge idea, and like you said, the mixture of old and new coming together so well.

  3. Couldn't be more perfect!

  4. Wow! Great poem and you've illustrated it beautifully.

  5. Lovely rusty techniques...and yes they all blend in so well with the real rust elements!! a wonderful tag Barb! :)

  6. This is superb! I love it. Your mended heart is fabulous. Carolyn x

  7. Jaw Dropping... Brilliant tag... Love the heart & all the elements... Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous....boy you know how to create rust!!! AmAzing... Hugs May x x x

  8. Amazing, I can't tell what's real and what's not!Love it all, especially the key , the hinge and the mended heart, Jane xx

  9. I wouldn't think that exquisite is a word usually used to describe rust but this tag is exquisite. The composition and the individual elements work so well.

  10. Wonderful, love all the rusty bits and the heart! Valerie

  11. Barb what a fantastic and wonderful tag with all these rusty thing on, really creative.

  12. Wow! This is an amazing tag. Blessings!

  13. Barb - this is truly inspiring! Rust is beauty and it does tell a story as your tag does . The poem is so beautifully illustrated by your art, but I think this could tell many stories of life and love.

  14. Gorgeous tag, Barb! It explains why we arty folk just love rust!
    Jane x


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