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Monday, November 01, 2010

Painted rusty nail fabric


Last week, I shared with you about some muslin that I rusted, using the old nails from our roof.  Well, I got excited about the colors in one of the pieces, especially since quite a bit of the fabric was left unrusted.  Out came the acrylic paints and sponges!


1. Make sure the rust has been set as well as possible by ironing with a hot iron (hopefully not an iron you plan to use on your clothing later...).  You'll probably notice that despite taking that step, the detail of the nails was lost in the process of applying the paints. 

2. Wet the cloth thoroughly and lay it out on a prepared surface.

3. Paint away, using any techniques that you like to mix and blend colors.  I used Phthalo turquoise, Cobalt turquoise, Lumiere citrine, and Lumiere bright gold on my piece.  The first three colors were sponged on and I let the cloth dry most of the way.  I added the bright gold accents using my fingers on just a few high points.  The cloth was still damp, so there was some blending.  When the cloth was completely dry, I applied Interference gold to the very tops of some of the wrinkles, using just my fingertips.   

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11 comments:

Barbara said...

This turned out lovely! Especially like the colors you chose.

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Barbara! You can't go to far wrong with either complementary or analogous color schemes!

Theresa said...

Beautiful T! Loving those colors too!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you Theresa :-)

Tammy said...

Talk about making trash into treasure!

Cyndi L said...

LOL! Still trying to decide how to use this fabric, Tammy :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

It would make a beautiful backdrop for this blog!

Then you could still use the fabric itself for something else.

Love the colors - especially the gold accents.

Cyndi L said...

Well that's an idea...hmmmm...

mummsie said...

Oh my this looks so yummy, makes my creative juice start stirring. I always love your colors.(sigh) Good luck to everyone for the great give-away and thank you Cyndi.

Cyndi L said...

Thanks so much! It's so much fun to experiment with different colors too...I can never quite decide which ones I like best. I guess all of them :-)

Janee Lookerse said...

Hi!

I just wanted to let you know I referenced your DIY in my blog post today! Here's the link:

http://yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com/2011/06/lists-day-13-diys-i-want-to-try.html

Thanks!
Janee

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