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Topic: The Rust has taken Over!! Altered altoid tins and juice can lids! [pic heavy]  (Read 7901 times)
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« on: September 27, 2012 07:10:19 PM »

I participated in the Abandoned Art Swap in which everyone made pieces of art with the intention of abandoning them in public places to be found by others. I have always loved the distressed, grungy look of some altered art and took that to be my muse in approaching this project. I also challenged myself to only use supplies that I had on hand at home because I, as I'm sure some of you can relate, have a tendency to pick up cool art supplies and then never actually get around to using them when I get home. Case in point: I got some rusting medium a year or so ago and never even opened the package! Well that's changed now  Cheesy

I love shrines and wanted to do a couple of mini ones for the swap. This first one is inspired by Byzantine iconic art and uses a junky old doll toy that I covered in the rust medium. Interesting doing that on plastic, it gave it a really neat patina, not really rusty but definitely aged.

I also rusted the altoid tin, used a bit of vintage dictionary paper, and other odds and ends about the house. I must add that this was definitely a test of restraint, as I feel like when I try to do altered art type stuff I tend to overcrowd my pieces with "stuff". So I like the simplicity of it. This one definitely felt "done" to me.

I did a second altered tin as well, using the rusting medium with a doll hand. This one was a bit more challenging to get to the "finished" point and even then I'm still not sure. I had a texture paste I used to give the tin "innards" a bit more interest - I didn't want to do the same icon type style as the last tin. I'm really proud I got the nails to stay on the top too  Cheesy

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Then I switched gears a bit to some more freeform altering. I've had this star for a while that I bought from Michael's two years ago - it had to be used. And a brass bug, more texture paste, a juice can lid, vintage paper, paint, rust, etc. It definitely gets across the grungy factor. Not everyone's cup of tea but I like it. Oh and my favorite part is how the rust medium reacted to the brass turning it blue.  Smiley

Ok another freeformed object I started with a juice can base - the star key....or key star. It actually has magnets mounted on the back of it. I feel like this one may have been slightly too simple but I really like where it stands. Ah well, I still have it if sudden inspiration hits me to add something to it.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2012 07:22:15 PM »

They are all pretty awesome, but that star is utterly fantastic.  The combination of the texture paste globbing it up and the cool pop of the colored patina.. just perfect!
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2012 07:23:45 PM »

They are all gorgeous! I love, love, love the bug one. Great job  Smiley
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I love the key star, it's such a clever idea and it looks great!

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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012 11:06:08 PM »

those are beautiful sheepblue! The rustyness is fantastic!

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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012 07:32:38 AM »

I love them! I wish I could "find" one near me.  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2012 08:02:49 AM »

These are beautiful -- I think the people who find them are very lucky recipients! The key one is pretty clever, and I love the star. Grin

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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2012 08:23:35 AM »

ohhh rust how I love thee....and these wonderful pieces sheepBlue!!  They are all spectacularly awesome, the fly on the star is the spectacularly awesomest Grin

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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2012 09:04:22 AM »

Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun making messes to come up with these.

Alteredmommy - your art/style was definitely one of my inspirations when working on these  Grin You are awesome hehe.

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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2012 07:19:03 AM »

I think they're all pretty cool, but the star is my favorite.  I love all the textures and layers and colors on your work.

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