Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Rust

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.

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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. 
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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.
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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

16 comments:

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

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

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  3. Couldn't be more perfect!

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

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

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

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  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

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  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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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.

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

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