I have rusty skin. And I'm perfectly fine with that.
I picked up a new book not long ago, and it has a lot of interesting techniques to try. There is one section about making "skins". I'm familiar with spreading acrylic paint, letting it dry, then peeling it off to use for a collage element.
But I was intrigued with possibly making a rusty skin by spreading soft gel medium over a rusty object. I got my rusty object (if you've read this blog from the beginning, you might recognize this object which I found in the road in front of my house once. My guess is that it is an old tractor foot pedal.) I spread the medium on the back side and waited for it to dry (about 5 hours, with the help of a fan blowing on it). I liked seeing veins of rust showing through as it dried.
When I finally peeled it off, I was a little disappointed that it was mostly black from the blacker parts of the metal, not the pretty rusty brown. But it IS a soft, flexible, usable skin, as the book promised.
I wanted to try again for the perfect rusty color, and spread a thinner layer on the other side of the object. It was still drying when I took pictures, so I don't have the finished skin, but I don't think it will be what I am looking for either. I'm sure I'll try this again though. I just have to find the right rusty objects!
While waiting for things to dry, I spied my journal on the table where I had stamped with wallpaper last week. I decided to put masking tape on the pages, sponge color around the tape, then peel off the tape. I am seeing some great places for journaling on these pages!
I like having a lot of projects on the back burner. But I think I'm going to need a bigger stove, with a lot more burners!
(Forgot to mention the book that has the rust technique. It is Surface Treatment Workshop by McElroy and Wilson. I was so taken with all the techniques that fill this book, I paid full price at the bookstore, rather than waiting to order from amazon!)