Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rust Is My Friend!


I've been slowly working my way through my office, where I've kept all my art and swaps up to this point.   I can't believe how long it's been since I completed the International swap with five other friends: Dianne in Ohio, Norma in California, Valerie in Germany, Chris in England, and Annette in Scotland.  I created three rust inspired spreads for my own altered book, and needed one more.  You can see the first three here.

Yesterday I realized I still had not put the pages I received, or my pages I created, into a 3-ring folder, as I said I would.  So I got out my 3 hole punch and went to town punching and punching.  Afterwards, I created this piece I call "Rust Is My Friend."

As the title implies, I'm once again joining Try it on Tuesday with their latest challenge of My Friend (which can include human, animal, imaginary, even rust).  But rust is also a color.  Corrosive, perhaps, but a color none-the-less.  That's why I including it with Yvonne's chosen theme of Colo(u)r in my World at Art Journal Journey.

I love the rusty goodness of this piece, but the metal lid was so dimensional, it took three thick sheets of pop dots to raise the little boy off the background.

I had to let everyone know that rust is my friend.  The irony of this is, as I was assembling this, I saw the date and the fact today is also Sunday.  Purely coincidental, but fun to find.

I punched holes in the lid using a large nail.

I then wove heavy wire through the lid and onto the assembly.

Besides using glue, I also sewed the ends of the wire

into a rusted wet wipe (thin wet wipes are not to be confused with thicker baby wipes).  Both the wet wipe and the paper underneath had been rusted, hopefully adding to the dimension I was looking for.

For this piece, I began with card stock, added handmade paper, book paper, and a wet wipe I rusted.  I then added the metal lid, rusty wire, and sewed everything in place.  Finally, I added the words I hand wrote using a gellyroll pen, and placed the little boy on the lid.

Please join me today at Try it on Tuesday and Art Journal Journey (or you may click the links on my right sidebar).  And thank you for visiting today.  It means everything to me that you would check out my art on your day of rest.

25 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful piece, rust is indeed always beautiful to look at. I love going places where there is rust to see, as you may have noticed! Wonderful page, and thanks for joining us again at TT! Hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

Well done on sorting out more of your stuff Elizabeth and the page is very beautiful with great sewing on it

Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday

Love Chrissie xx

Fran Hopkins said...

That's a great way to show off your rusting skills. Hours of work turned into a wonderful page. Everything certainly has its uses

Dortesjs said...

always nice to get things sorted. well done. and a very nice piece of art this;O)) I wish you a good day

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous piece, love your take on the challenge.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

This page is just WONDERFUL! Oh wow you did an amazing job here! I love how you waved the rusty wire and this boy - specially the color of this vintage photo -fits the rusty color just wonderful .
A great feeling always after stuff is sorted out - I cleaned my desk yesterday and now I feel so much better. The most artists tell us that they need chaos on their table to create art, but I get just nervous when everything lies around here and I can't find anything.
You and rust - what a love affair!
Yesterday as hubby fiddled with rusted
wire mesh fence I thought of you and I bet the fence would have made a perfect pattern on fabric.
Thank you so very much for joininf Try It On Tuesday and Art Journal Journey at once with this adorable piece!
Happy Sunday!
oxo Susi

Meggymay said...

WOW, this is a fabulous page. I love your take on the TioT's theme, the little lad looks happy on his rusty lid. I think he would by playing a game with that back in time when toys were more hands on than now and children made up their games with what they could find.
I am also thrilled the page is for Art Journal Journey as well, you are a star with your art creations and love of Rust.
Yvonne xx

kathyinozarks said...

Oh wow Elizabeth I love this piece--I was really into rust dying on fabrics when I first retired here-made a couple fiber art pieces from them--I need to dig those out and see what I still have. thanks for the inspiration-and your page here is just sooo cool

My name is Erika. said...

That is a very successful piece. The little boy sitting on the can top. Now I am assuming it is just the rusted top on the cloth? Maybe not if I look close up. You created not only cool rust but some cool fabric texture too. Great page. :) Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

Such an unusual page. I love the cheeky boy in his Sunday best swinging on the giant lid. Rust may be his friend, but his Ma isn't going to be too happy when she sees his good clothes. Happy Sunday to you and your boys.

Cindy McMath said...

This is a fantastic page Elizabeth! I love everything about it. The composition is perfection. The stitching and rusted elements make it all come together nicely. And that lid!

Rosie said...

This is a wonderful projekt, Elisabeth.

Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

Jeanie said...

Your rust "works" so well -- I love it as a color and a texture but you really max it out. I can see why it is a favorite for you. This is a beautifully executed piece and the title says it all!

Pamela Gerard said...

I love rust -- and even more, i love sewing on paper. Very nice!!

Divers and Sundry said...

I love the rust and the arrangement of the elements in this piece. I've never worked with rust, but your efforts with it always look perfect!

Linda Kunsman said...

This is a fabulous page Elizabeth!! You do rust SO beautifully. Love the variety of textures. Well done!

Lowcarb team member said...

A nice page, love how you arranged everything.

All the best Jan

Jo Murray said...

Lovely.....I'm a big fan of rust.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I think you should say that rust is your best friend- this really is fabulous and I love the day and date coincidence! Just before we came away I came across the box I stored my pages in and decided it was time they were made into a proper journal!Thanks so much for joining in once again at Try It OnTuesday! Hugs,Chrisx

Kate said...

Your rust piece is amazing! I just love that little boy.
Kate

Rita said...

Very cool! Yes, when anyone says rust a color comes to mind immediately. :)

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Great take on our theme and a beautiful rust effect Elizabeth! Thanks for sharing your work with us at TioT this time. Hugs!

Marjut said...

Wonderful Project. Thank you for joining us at TioT.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, this is such a beautiful rusty piece! I love how you created the baby wipe background with the stitching and the old metal lid is stunning 😁. The way you have attached the lid and added the other elements is just wonderful. I'm in awe of your amazing rusty creation and this has to be my all time favourite page - I love it! Wishing you a very Happy Monday! J 😊

roth phallyka said...

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