We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 6 October 2017

Feeling a little rusty!

Did a fabulous workshop recently, incorporating Powertex into a painting. This was all done in five hours - pretty intense at times trying to keep up!

The base is a 18 inch by 15 inch box canvas.We used corrugated cardboard with the Powertex, and when that was dry, we painted over it with something that contained iron filings (can't remember what it was called but it had a rather strong odour!). To create the rust we then sprayed copper sulphate (I think). It started going rusty within minutes.

The bottom corner is random detritus - bits of wood, hemp, sand and dust.

In between all those steps, and whilst the layers were drying, we painted the farmyard scene with acrylic paint.

It is difficult to convey what it feels like looking at this, as it is quite large, it really does seem like I'm inside a rusty old barn looking out!


  1. OH WOW, Kay. This is simply out of this world. It is incredible, and I am so very impressed with your painting as well as the rusting you accomplished.

    I've heard of that product that turns anything to rust in just a few minutes, but for the life of me, can't remember what it was called. Regardless, you certainly caught the true beauty of a rusty and dilapidated old barn.

    I was simply impressed with not just the rust, but the drawing, too.

  2. Wow this is amazing, very beautiful and amazing that you did it in such a short time! Well done! Take care, Shirleyxx