Today’s page sees me creating rust again, this time building up the layers of colour and using a new technique with texture paste and a piece of plastic bag from some packaging.

I started by applying some Neutral Gray and Bright Aqua Green Heavy Body Liquitex paints quite thickly to the page with a paintbrush. Then when dry I added some Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a blending tool concentrating the ink colours where I hadn’t painted any colour.

Next I applied some Ranger Texture Paste to the page by placing some of the paste onto a piece of plastic bag then pressing it onto the page, crinkling the bag and lifting it off the page; I then transferred the paste around the page using the same technique to create the raised texture. When dry I added more of the Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the top of the texture paste using a blending tool and used a Sanguine Faber-Castell Big Brush marker. Then I applied some Iced Chai and Iced Coffee Metallic Faber-Castell gelatos to emphasis the texture more; smudging the colour with my finger. I repeated all the layers of Rusty Hinge, Sanguine, Iced Chai and Iced Coffee colours until I got the look I wanted.

To add to the rusty vintage feel, I added two moth stickers, some word stickers and some quote chips all of which are from Tim Holtz; they read “Wander – To Dreamland – All the beautiful stars of the sky”, “Found – A fortunate find – And let it fly away” and “Noted – The most beautiful thing – Till morning light”.

Living by the beach as we do, we have quite a few metal sculptures which are worn and weathered creating beautiful rusty artworks. This one is called Desire and can be found along Blackpool South promenade and casts a shadow of a heart at certain times of the day, it represents beach holiday romances.

This one is the High Tide Organ which is played by the sea at high tide through pipes attached to the sea wall, such fun (grin!).


I’m joining the Something New challenge that I’m hosting over at Art Journal Journey as I used a new technique to create the rusty background and also my new Ranger Texture Paste (grin!).

I’m joining in the Rust It Up challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my rusty background, thanks for the inspiration!

I’m also happy to be able to join the Anything Goes challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps with my page too.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Neutral Gray 5, Vivid Aqua Green)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo)
  • Ranger Texture Paste
  • Recycled plastic bag
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B)
  • Faber-Castell Gelato (Iced Chai, Iced Coffee)
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology (Salvage Stickers Crowded Attic #TH2898, Clipping Stickers #TH93583, Quote Chips #TH93563)
  • UHU Glue Pen

21 thoughts on “Wander-Found-Noted

  1. Your rusty page is gorgeous! And the rusty beach sculptures are fabulous. The High Tide Organ must be so cool to hear. I hopped over to YouTube as people had uploaded videos of the High Tide Organ. That is just amazing!


  2. Your Art journal page is Amazing Jo !! Love the rustic results for the background, love the colours you have choosen and the lovely butterflies and quote.
    Those sculptures are fabulous, I like very much to see them, strange and beautiful.
    Wish you have a nice Sunday, I send big hugs

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  3. You really nailed the rust look. I think using the plastic bag really gave it some super texture. Great page. And those rusty statues are really not only a nice inspiration but also cool to see. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Hi Jo your page is beautiful-love the background very much. that is awesome to live close to the ocean-I haven’t been to an ocean since the early ’70’s enjoyed seeing those rusty art pieces on the beach. Happy new week coming up hugs kathy

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  5. Love this Jo! Great rust effect! I think we must be due a trip to Blackpool as I have never seen these sculptures! Thinking back it must be about 9 years and we were distracted by the starling murmurations out at sea on that occasion! Hugs, Chrisx

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  6. Fabulous rusty background technique Jo! You’re so clever. The rusty sculptures by the sea are wonderful. I can’t wait to hear what Elizabeh has to say about this post.
    Eileen xx

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  7. Now you know I love this one Jo.. just look at that patina swoon!! Magnificent with it’s rusty tones. Sorry again for my lack of comment last challenge but always appreciated for your support, I hope you know that. I have to say I have been to blackpool so many times but I have never seen these rusty pieces..?? How long have they been there, have I been walking with my eyes closed or may it have been raining when I was down that end hee hee!! As we grow older we find we stay up North end now 😀 I must go seek these when I’m up that way again..
    Hugs Tracey xx

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