Saturday, October 11, 2014

Going Rustic Industrial style

Welcome back everyone!

Today our October Guest Designer is here at Our Creative Corner. It makes me very proud to be able to welcome an amazing artist to showcase a 'Rust-ic' design for you today.

Mark Gould is one of my favourite artists - His work is so unique, brilliant and very inspiring!...I met him at Stamperama and was thrilled to see him demonstrating the Decoart products (and of course after viewing the crafting he does with such brilliance, I couldn't resist buying some of these wonderful products!!!)

I knew Mark would do a wonderful job of being Guest Designer this month. When I asked Mark if he would like to be our Guest Designer for October, he was eager to take on the challenge - even though he knew this would be a very busy time - and I must say I am in awe of him... because even though things have been very hectic for him, Mark is here today bringing a very special interpretation of my Rust-ic challenge....

So why not come along for a Rustic Journey - Take a peek as Mark takes you through some wonderful rust and grungy techniques and inspires you to make your own Rust-ic Creations!


Morning all, Mark here from Speshink and I am so happy to have been asked to be the Guest Designer for October and to join in with such an amazing team of artists.

Laura has set the challenge this month with the theme Going Rust-ic.
I love all things shabby and grungy, taking something and making it look old and worn.
So with that in mind I created a little industrial grunge steampunk ish wall hanging using lots of products from the new Decoart Media Line

My wall hanging is an assemblage of smaller pieces gathered together.
I started with a small pre gessoed Canvas and after a base coat of white I built up and blended my colours using Decoarts Media Fluids, Translucent yellow oxide, Quinacridone burnt orange and Quinacridone gold before edging the canvas with black archival ink.

The middle and bottom sections have both been cut from foam board. The middle section has been made from two layered sections of board.The base was painted With Raw Umber and then a coat of Decoarts Crackle paint (this comes white but is easily coloured with the fluid acrylics)
Once dry I added some washes of black and quinacridone gold to give an aged and tarnished look.
The top board was given a base coat of white and then a coat of Green Gold this is a really bright almost citrus green/yellow colour, it was looking a little to bright so some more washes of black and quin gold were added to grub it up.
If you are not sure what I mean by a wash, basically its when you really water down the paint. The fluid acrylics are pretty much pure pigment so the colour stays true even when thinned down. I add a small amount of paint to my craft mat and then start adding water with my brush till I get the results I am after. If you apply the wash and its to strong in colour, just spritz the piece with water to dilute and get the finish you are happy with.the chipped edges have just been painted on by hand using Raw Umber.
The decals are from 7 Gypsies and are rub ons.

The main focal piece comes from a kids airfix model and has been given a tarnished brass finish that I 
picked up on Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques online class.

The bottom section was coated with Decoarts Modelling paste and was applied patchy and randomly, I wanted the surface to have some texture. Once dry the edges were coated with their texture paste.

Again a base of white was added and then a slightly watered down coat of colbalt blue. A few colour washes were added to pick out the low spots. Finally the edges and rust runs were added by painting Quin gold and just scrubbing it into the textured sections.

The red box was also from the model kit and painted to look like an old metal unit.

The top section has been made from a mixed media board from Tando-creative these are laser cut boards made from grey board.
I used a diamond plate embossing folder, coated the board with texture paste once dry a coat of white paint and then a coat of Panes Grey media fluid acrylic.

Paint over with some quin gold and let dry. This starts to bring out a really nice rusty look,
If you want to go a little further you can add a wash of Red Iron Oxide and just let it dry naturally.

The finishing touches were added, Tim's tap head has been painted with the Patina antiquing cream, left to dry and then just rubbed back to reveal the metal.

Some rust wire was added from the industrial box to the machine.

A few other embellishments were added, a couple more Tim pieces and a light bulb from one of my dads old cars (don't worry, he had accumulated lots of car bits while he was still around)

Thanks so much for stopping by and again a big thank you to Laura and the rest of the team for having me join in 


  1. Brilliant make from Mark, love all the "industrial" elements he has added to his piece, fabulous!!

  2. Brilliant work. Love all the layers and texture

  3. Yay - a "real Gould" at OCC! Love it! Fab artwork as always, Mark! So excited to have you with us today! Thanks for creating such an amazing project for the OCC!

    Claudia x

  4. Thanks Claudia. Was there an abundance of fake goulds before now? Lol. X

    1. LOL. Talking about the artwork of course, not you, Mark. (justtomakesureyoureallygotit) *rollingeyes xx

  5. Fantastic to have Mark along for the rusty ride this month - what a brilliant creation!
    Alison xx

  6. Fabulous, Mark!! LOVE this fun and grungy industrial creation! I just want to touch it and run my fingers over all of the surfaces! XOXO-Shari T.

  7. Love the challenge theme and your amazing rustic hanging is fabulous Mark. I have been using quite a lot of the Decoart Paints recently and love their colours/effects

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  8. Thanks everyone xx And Annie I am glad you are enjoying the decoart paints. x

  9. Fabulous creation, love it!
    Groetjes Karin

  10. Really love this Mark - well, I would, wouldn't I??!!
    Julia xx


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