HOW TO PAINT RUST

Oxidization can add a unique look to any metal object, but some of the more professional processes can be time consuming and pricey. Fortunately, nearly the same effect can be achieved with a simple paint job using inexpensive craft supplies purchased from Michaels craft store. For this project, I will be painting three metal G's in honor of our YouTube channel. 

The most important part of creating this effect is choosing your color palette wisely. Look up photos of real oxidation and compare the different paints that are available to you. My project consists of 4 colors purchased from Michaels. Their official names are aqua, bright yellow, brick red and brown. 

Wet a sponge and squeeze out any excess water. Then start covering your object with a few layers of the aqua colored paint. Remember that you always want to use the lightest color first. Apply the paint by dabbing the sponge along the surface of your object. The more textured the paint is, the more convincing the oxidation effect will look.

After applying a few coats, let your object sit for a few minutes to dry. Acrylic paint dries quickly, so you shouldn't have to wait long.

The next step is important because it will decide the pattern of your rust formation. Dab your sponge in the yellow paint and create your desired pattern. As you apply the yellow, try to gradually build up the color by adding a few layers. Wait for each layer to dry before adding the next. 

Once the yellow layers have dried, switch to a completely dry sponge for the next step.

Just as you did with the yellow, start layering on the brick red color. Keep up the same dabbing motion as you apply paint around the object. Creating subtile gradations with the paint will help add more interest and dimension to the effect, so make sure you take your time with this step.

Finally, layer some brown on top of the brick red to add some dirty rust spots around your piece. Try to use this color sparingly, because adding much could muddy up the colors and ruin the effect. Also, feel free to experiment at this point. I used paint brushes and water to create streaks and interesting rust-like formations in the paint. Once you are satisfied with how the piece looks, set it off to the side to dry completely. 

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