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Rusted abstract painting

It’s easy to use Resene FX Faux Rust Effect to transform an old photo canvas into a striking abstract painting.

Transform a old canvas using this dramatic rust effect

Resene art with Mark Rayner - Project 105

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need:

  • Interior filler
  • Old photo canvas
  • Paintbrushes
  • Putty knife or similar

To get the look: Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Blanc.

Other ideas: To intensify the rust effect, spray the painting with water after the second layer of activator has dried.

How to make a rusted abstract painting:

Step 1
Step one
Mask off a series of rectangular areas on the photo canvas, as shown.
Step 2
Step two
Apply a thin layer of filler over the masked areas, creating texture as you go.
Step 3
Step three
Carefully remove the masking tape and allow the filler to dry.
Step 4
Step four
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the front and edges of the painting and allow to dry.
Step 5
Step five
Apply one coat of Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat to the front and edges of the painting and allow to dry.
Step 6
Step six
Apply a second coat of Resene FX Faux Rust Effect basecoat to the front and edges of the painting.
Step 7
Step seven
When this coat is tacky, apply a generous amount of Resene FX Faux Rust Effect activator to the front and edges of the painting. Leave for approximately fifteen minutes.
Step 8
Step eight
Stand the painting upright and allow the still wet activator to dribble down the canvas, as shown. Once dry, repeat steps seven and eight, allowing the activator to dribble the other way down the canvas.

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