when the paint had all dried I took some of the DecoArt Lustres along the edges in two colours. a slightly darker "Iced espresso" that I allowed to go in to the canvas a bit and then a lighter touch of "Gold rush". I used my fingers to do this but the tub says use a brush or cloth.
the ornate lid thing is something i found on the ground in a junk yard. cost me 2p. no idea what it is or was. It is made of wood and was painted gloss black (which had begun to flake with damp and age.). I sanded it down and painted it all over with "Indian turquoise" DecoArt acrylic paint. I let that dry then i began building up colours to represent a rust effect. I stippled it on with a stipple brush. The colours I used for my faux rust were: "Bittersweet chocolate" as a base, then stippled on "burnt orange", let it dry, stippled on "Burnt umber", let it dry then a light stippling of the "Bittersweet chocolate". when it was all dry again I sanded it back to show some of the "Indian turquoise" and the original black paint.
For the first side of the canvas, I glued a bit of an old book page to the back of the recess . this was the back of the canvas originally but it is now the front. then I attached a rusty ornamental plate and a little fake bird egg. I stuffed some faux moss inside too then glued on my other rusty items. I added some driftwood sticks and some torn calico (some of which I had stained an olive green), and a bit of some kind of buckle (I found on the ground at the scrap yard).
For the other side I did a wee bit of image transfer, some text stamping and some rubons.
And the centre piece is a pocketwatch thats been taken out of its case. ...
My colour palette for the canvas was: the glacier blue texture crackle as well as the following acrylics....
Lilac and Black plum mixed to make a darker lilac.True Ochre
Teal Green (dabbed through sequin waste)