Using Rusty Paper and Rust Patina

by Judy Gula

Using Rusty Paper and Rust Patina

by Judy Gula
Items painted with Rusty Paper and Rust Patina are weather resistant

Rusty Paper by Viva Decor is a paint product that will give a realistic rust appearance, complete with a rough surface, to paper, cardboard, wood, metal, plastic and more. Use Rusty Paper in conjunction with your choice of Rusty Patina to achieve even more interesting color effects. The finish is even weather durable!

I was excited to begin stocking the Rusty Paper, as it is the first one-step (and non-corrosive) product I’m aware of that can be used on paper and with rubber stamps and/or stencils. The vintage tag created by Viva Decor (click photo below for larger view) is an example of some exciting possibilities with these new products! I think they’d be perfect used on the Relic & Artifacts by Sandra Evertson. We will be experimenting with this new product during our October session of How Do I Use This?...join us!

Rusty Paper Tag Tutorial

The following tutorials are courtesy of Viva Decor. Rust effects can be achieved by wiping or pouncing product on, or applying with a palette knife. You may also choose to use any product that can give you three dimensional texture prior to using the Rusty Paper, to give an authentic, disintegrating look.

Vintage look tag collage by Viva Decor

Materials used here are Rusty Paper, available in original (dark rust) or Rust Orange and Rusty Patina (available in Copper and Oxyd), torn watercolor paper, cling rubber stamp on acrylic block, vintage book text and a vintage photo (both accented with stitching), burlap, decorative ribbon, twine, clothespin, scissors, palette knife and sponge pouncers.

Materials to create Rusty Paper tag

Stir your jar of Rusty Paper thoroughly before applying. Here the product is being applied to the paper (torn into a tag shape) with a sponge applicator, swirling it in. If necessary for coverage, apply a second coat after the first has dried.

Applying Rusty Paper to tag

Add desired amount of Rusty Patina (below, in Copper; Rusty Patina is also available in an orange Oxyd shade) to the still wet tag. Working wet on wet gives you the more organic look. You can mix both colors of Rusty Paper, the Rusty Paper with the Rusty Patina, both Patinas...whatever you like to achieve a wide variety of rust effects.

Adding Rust Patina to painted tag

Below, apply additional Rusty Paper over areas of the Patina with a palette knife.

Applying additional Rusty Paper with palette knife

Apply additional Rusty Paper and Rusty Patina as desired to achieve an organic, layered look of distress.

Adding additional Rusty Paper product

Below, pounce Rusty Paper onto a clear polymer stamp with a sponge applicator. As with any paint or ink, you want full coverage on the stamp area, but not an excessive amount of product that would ruin your imprint. (Wouldn’t the new Finnabair stamps, from this week’s enewsletter, be amazing stamped in rust?)

Applying Rusty Paper to clear polymer stamp

Stamp onto a smaller tag or paper torn to size. Cut and fray burlap to size, and begin arranging your trimmed materials onto your rusted tag as you please. Use additional Rusty Paper or Rusty Patina, or your favorite inks and paints, to distress edges and add additional color, if desired.

Arranging all tag materials Completed tag using Rusty Paper and Rust Patina by Viva Decor

Once you have an arrangement you like, affix all materials into place with glue or stitching.

More on Applying Rusty Paper and Rust Patina

Tray and flower pots, before and after Rusty Paper and Rust Patina

From Viva Decor, here is the step by step process to create a decorative plate using Rusty Paper and Rusty Patina.

Rolling on first coat of Rusty Paper

Coat your surface with Rusty for Paper thoroughly, and let dry. If you can’t achieve full coverage with one coat, apply another after the first dries. Immediately clean any application tool with cold water after use. The cured product is not water-soluble.

Painting on Rusty Paper

Rust effects can be achieved by brushing, wiping or dabbing product on, even applying with a palette knife. Use both colors of Rusty for Paper, or mix with Rusty Patina for even more dynamic and realistic rust appearance.

Sponging on and blending both Rusty Paper and Rust Patina

Puddle some Rusty for Paper and your choice of Rusty Patina on a separate plate, and use a sponge for these additional applications.

Adding Rust Patina

Apply Rusty Paper to select areas. While the Rusty Paper is still wet, pick up some Rusty Patina and wipe it into the Rusty, swirling and mottling. For this plate, the designer is working in a circular pattern to mimic how rust could actually form.

Adding Rust Patina and Rusty Paper together, wet on wet

One after another, wipe Rusty and Rusty Patina, wet on wet, into each other until the desired thickness of color has been achieved. Let dry.

Finished display plate

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