Sunday 18 February 2018

Rusty Cogs


I have been getting grungy this weekend playing with my new mdf cog pieces which will soon be available for sale in my Folksy store.  I decided to alter a cheap notepad which had sturdy kraft covers and came up with this:

I used white gesso to prime the covers and roughly painted on some dark greys and blacks using Pebeo acrylic paints.  I stamped some clock faces from Inkylicious in black and copper and a Kaisercraft number stamp in white acrylic paint.  I also used a Tim Holtz speckle stencil to add some copper speckles to the base.  The sentiment is from Visible Image.  

In order to age the cogs, I painted them with black gesso and on some I added the speckle stencil with black texture past to give an uneven texture.  I also stippled on some dark grey and copper paints unevenly to add a bit more texture.  Once dry, I embossed the cogs with some copper embossing powder - again, trying to keep it uneven and then knocked the shine back with some grey embossing powder.  I was pleased with how they turned out!

I shall link up at Simon's Monday Challenge to Take Note as this project is an altered notebook and at the More Mixed Media Challenge where the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of red.

It was fun to make something a bit more on the grungy side after all of the valentines cards that I have been making :)  Do check out the cogs, they will be in my Folksy store tomorrow - a pack of 15 cogs (including a large one as shown above which measures 10cm) is £2.50.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah x


  1. Yayyyy! Oh how I love to see a fabulous notebook revamp! And I really like what you've done here. The way you rusted the gears is so realistic and the splatters in the background are gorgeous. I think your sentiment/definition pairs so perfectly with the idea of moving cogs and gears and this whole thing came together beautifully. Thanks for sharing your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  2. If you only knew how much I love rusty metal and how realistic these look, Sarah. When I get some I only hope I can make them look as good as you did.

  3. Sheer genius! You've certainly found your niche with mixed media and superb creativeness!