"Relic" mixed media rusted iron paint abstract © Carol Nelson Fine Art


As you can see, I'm still stuck in my rust affair. The color of this rust has got to be my favorite color in the world. 

I think it goes back to when my husband and I were buying our first house. The color of the carpet in the model home was that rust color.  Of course, I chose the same carpet in our new house.

In addition to the rusted iron paint used throughout this piece, there is mica flake on the two horizontal bars, and a rusted Snapple bottle cap that I ran over with my car in the lower left.

If you're going to add metal parts to your painting, I recommend flattening them a bit by putting them under a board, and driving a 2000 lb vehicle over them.  Works like a charm.

The other rounded shapes in the lower section are actually indentations I made in the substrate, which is extruded polystyrene.  This is a new experiment in substrate.  Polystyrene can be found at Home Depot as insulation sheet.  It's very dense, but lightweight.  There was a thin plastic covering on it that I removed before painting.

The background is handmade metallic paper mounted on a piece of MDF board.

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Patt said...

Hi Carol, lovely rust painting!/
Curious on if you actually use a rust paint - like the two part system of if you are mixing your own with acrylic.

Carol Nelson said...

I use Modern Masters Iron paint plus activator.

Bren said...

Oh this is exceptional and your colour choices are always favs with me. You put a whole new spin on building supplies :-)

JamesJacob said...

Unbelievable paintings,very natural. I liked your colors and texture.

Anonymous said...

You can make your own activator with peroxide,vinegar, and salt.