Monday 25 May 2015

Terracotta to Rust

Hello everyone, thank you for coming to see what I have to share today, I hope you all have been enjoying your weekend wherever you are, and whatever you have been doing.

We have been very busy bees. Our loft is getting cleared. Hooray! We have cleared two carfuls so far which is a fair bit. All the paper and now all the clothes that I have been saving for the day when I can get back into them. Truth is even if I did manage to get back to the size I used to be I probably wouldn't want to wear the clothes I'd saved. So off to recycling for charities they went.

It was a good feeling and so when we got back I went to play and played for the rest of the afternoon.

Products I used are all from  DecoArt except the Vaseline.

All Purpose Sealer 
Cadmium Red Hue Media Fluid
Cerulean Blue         Media Fluid 
Carbon Black          Media Fluid 
Quinacridone Gold  Media Fluid 

Texture Sand Paste Media Range
Crackle Paint          Media Range
Red Oxide Antiquing Cream Media Range

While going through the loft I have found some fab pieces to alter, this terracotta watering can, being one of them. Below you can see where I've added a coat of the sealer and then painted on some dark areas randomly around the middle, handle and spout.

I added Vaseline to act as a resist in areas where I wanted the paint to show through. I painted a generous coat of Crackle Paint all over and allowed it to dry. I got some great crackle, and where the Vaseline was the paint came off very easily. I used Antiquing Cream  in the cracks and the wiped off with a damp cloth.

Where the crackle paint was removed I added some texture sand and then dabbed Black over the sand. The second and third coats were in Quinacridone Gold. This was also dragged across the crackle in places using a damp wipe.

I went round the whole piece using the same techniques until I felt I had enough ageing. I had a plant ready to plant in it once it was finished. 

If I were to do this again I would go for less rust, but it looks good in its place on the Patio. I would love to read your thoughts.

Big hugs, and bye for now. Debs xxx


  1. I think it looks great, Debs! the flowers look perfect in it, and the can looks as if it has been there for ages.

  2. Brilliant!! It looks so effective Debs, I love the different effects and techniques you used.

  3. Such an effective process isn't it - looks great xx

  4. Looks amazing! Especially with the flowers in it! You're so clever!

  5. Congrats on the clearout - and on this great find along the way. What a fabulous transformation - the rusty effect against the crackle is just brilliant.
    Alison xx

  6. It looks wonderful Deborah, as if it has been exposed to the elements for a hundred years, I love it. Well done on the clear out too, it always feels good afterwards.

  7. Oh, dear, you made me feel so jealous with talk of your clear-out! My husband must be one of the world's greatest hoarders and our loft is full to bursting! I reckon we'd need several removal vans to take it all, never mind cars! Lol! However, this watering can looks amazing! I don't think you can ever have too much rust personally, I can't get enough of it! It looks beautiful with the purple flowers too. xxx


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