This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday, 6 April 2018

Rusty and Crusty April Challenge

Welcome to our April challenge!  Autumn here to hostess our journey this month, where we're traveling down a Rusty and Crusty road!

Many of us love rust and enjoy looking for new ways to get that authentic look of crusty peeling metal.  For this challenge include some rust in your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project, whether it be the real thing, a faux technique or just a rust colour on your project. 

Now onto our Creative Guides and their inspiring work.  Make sure to click each link for more details.  

Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
Well this challenge was 'right up my street'! I have used a variety of mediums including Seth Apter / Emerald Creek Baked Texture Embossing powder on this wooden panel to create my rust effects. I encourage you to visit Addicted to Art for some close ups of the texture!

I decided to keep my project for Autumn's wonderful theme clean(ish) and simple(ish) at least for me and created a masculine card with a rusty background and some crusty embellishments. If you want to see more, please come over to my blog.

Well I know I got the rusty and crusty in here lol. I have created a very textured piece using different ways to create the rusty effects and would love it if you popped over to see me at Bumblebees and Butterflies to see how this came together. Thanks Autumn for a great theme.

I didn't expect to be joining in this month, but I'm so happy I found time to play along with Autumn's fantastic Rusty & Crusty theme.  Even with only my travelling stash - augmented by my newly arrived Baked Textures powders - I was able to get some good old rusty decay going on this tag.  If you'd like to see more, do come and visit me at Words and Pictures.

I have been in my 'happy place' using texture paste, paints and baked textures to create an 'art panel' that is rich in texture, dimension, colour and rusty tones. There are more details and 'close ups' on my blog if you fancy stopping by.

Oh how I love rust!  For Autumn's fab Rusty and Crusty challenge theme, I decided to make a mini techniques journal as a quick reference for all of those faux rusting techniques that we love to use.  I've some step outs pictures on my blog on how it came together, hope you can pop by for my how to.

What better opportunity than our current challenge to experiment with some new rusty texture pastes! I had no idea how this would turn out and how the pastes and other mediums would work together, but I did enjoy the journey! Do join me over on my blog if you would like to find out more.

Autumn's challenge theme was very timely as, after taking a couple of classes with Seth recently, I fell in love with his monoprint technique and I used it to create my rusty background.  You can see more over on my blog.

I had a wild idea to create a "crack" in a canvas and have flowers emerge from a rusty surrounding, and it came together just as planned - oh happy day!  See the transformation of this canvas at SewPaperPaint.


We can't wait to see your Rusty and Crusty creations!

Our format has changed a bit, so make sure to read THIS post for more details.  Share your project permalink below and check back next Friday for our March winner's post.  


  1. ooh I love all your rusty projects, they all look amazing!

  2. What a beautiful line up of rusty and crusty projects, I can't wait to get around to see these amazing projects. A fabulous theme Autumn!! xxx

  3. These are fabulous! I can't wait to play along with this fantastic theme Autumn. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  4. I think all the DT were in their element with this challenge lol...superb creations all round :D XXX

  5. So many fabulous variations of 'rusty crusty' creativity, ladies. An absolute feast for the eyes. Looking forward to doing the rounds to delight in the detail .
    Have a lovely weekend Everyone

  6. Great challenge, I'm loving all this xXx

  7. Everyone looks as stunning as the next.. Off I pop to take a closer look. Thank you all for the inspiration xx

  8. What a fabulous selection of rusty artwork. Beautiful details, each one unique in its own right. Love . Tracy ❤️❤️

  9. Oh I just KNEW there would be lots of wonderful rusty inspiration here today - You ladies are so awesome in this area - can't wait to see each of your posts to see just how you did the rusting!! Julia xx

  10. This was such a great theme Autumn and I just LOVE all the projects from my talented teamies!!

  11. Lots of fabulous makes here and great rusting techniques! I hope I get time to join in...

  12. What fabulous rusty creations, can't wait to hop around and read all the details and to see what our followers link up, wonderful challenge theme Autumn! Deb xo

  13. Such a fabulous challenge theme and I am in awe of all the projects by my fantastic Creative Guide sisters xx Lots of amazing rusty details...cant wait to see the step by step details

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  14. Love this challenge theme, and so sorry I couldn't play along! But ladies, you have made me proud with your beautiful rusty creations! I can't wait to see each of them up close on your blogs! Hugs!

  15. My favorite theme - rust! Terrific inspiration from the DT!

  16. I really really enjoyed this! Such awesome inspirations and a great way to stretch my creative muscles with a challenge - many thanks lovely ladies xx

  17. Such amazing projects! Love this theme.

  18. Wow!!! So glad to find this awesome place. Theme of current challenge is just amazing, I really adore each of creation from all DT members. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing challenge along with so many inspirational artist's work...

    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla