Gallery Wall Art: XO
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Vincent Van Gogh
Creating some more rust this week using acrylic paint. I scored several large (circular) letters for just a $1.00 each at a recent sale. I knew right away, I wanted to paint the “X” and “O” I got and add them to a gallery wall for my home. Since, I plan on keeping them up all year long, I did not want them to be red or pink. I loved the rusty look of the frame I shared (seen HERE) and thought that would fit perfectly with our farm house style. Plus, rust always reminds me of true treasures found in Matthew 6.
I started out with black acrylic paint to give the letters an overall base color. However, it is all about layering so you could use brown, rusty orange or dark grey.Then, I added rusty orange with a little bit of sand in the mix. After it dried, I went over it with a grey (as you can see I left some of the orange color showing).I kept on adding different layers of color (leaving areas of the other colors visible each time I added a layer) until I liked the overall look. For this rusty project, I used a little bit of green and silver too. A closer look to see the rusty details. ♥
I’m still working on my gallery wall, so expect to see some photos of it in the near future…and more rusty projects! 🙂 Not sure if this is what Van Gogh had in mind, but I thought the fun design that formed on the drop cloth (paper) from painting these letters looks pretty cool. What do you think?
XO Michelle ♥
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02/18/2016 @ 9:58 pm
Michelle, ooh I love the rusty look you give things with a little paint!! This X and O will look great on a gallery wall!! Can’t wait to see it all together!! That drop cloth looks pretty cool too!!
02/19/2016 @ 9:18 am
Thank you Keri!!! I did sets for theater productions for years, so I love treatments and textures. Rust is my favorite to experiment with…hope everyone doesn’t get tired of it!!! 🙂
02/19/2016 @ 9:30 am
NICE, Michelle! You have an eye for the “rusty gold” look for sure!!!
02/22/2016 @ 9:07 am
Awe, thanks Renee…you always make my day!!! Let me know if you have a vision for anything…I love making rust!!! 🙂
02/19/2016 @ 3:03 pm
Sooo nice, I love the XO signs and how rusty and old you made them look! Great job, I can’t wait to see your gallery wall!
02/22/2016 @ 9:06 am
Thank you Katrin, glad you liked them!!! Going to start hanging a few things this week so I hope to get it put together soon! 🙂
Mary - The Boondocks Blog
02/19/2016 @ 3:19 pm
They look really cool. I cannot believe you were able to achieve such a great look with just paint alone. Looking forward to see your gallery wall.
02/22/2016 @ 9:03 am
Thank you so much Mary…the miracle of paint…I love it! 🙂 Hopefully, I can get a moment to get it all placed and post soon!
Linda at Mhxed Kreations
02/20/2016 @ 5:50 am
Your rusty letters turned out beautiful! The sand added to the rusty orange really helps add the effect of rust along with the layering. I am going to try that next time I want the rusty effect.
02/22/2016 @ 9:01 am
They were fun to paint…glad you liked my rusty letters Linda! Can’t wait to see what you create! 🙂
03/06/2016 @ 11:47 am
I really love all your rusty projects!! I have on my to-do list give this technique a try. What are those little bumps? Are they part of the paint itself?
Can’t wait to see your gallery!
03/06/2016 @ 11:51 am
I read it again and found the answer, you used sand! When I read it the first time I thought that you sanded it before applying the orange… my fault. We have lots of sand here 🙂
03/07/2016 @ 9:44 am
Thank you!!! Can’t wait to see what rusty projects you come up with! Yes, sand or even saw dust works to give it that added crusty-rusty feel! 😀