Friday 4 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures ~ A Vintage Journey ~ New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey.  Our lovely host this month is our very talented, Creative Guide, Ann. This is what she has to say.......

"Cogs, Gears and Textures"
Let us see you create amazing textures on your cogs and gears. Embossing powders, pastes, rusting or gilding waxes, acrylics ..... whatever your imagination suggests. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

Well! I don't think there are many mixed media lovers who don't like texture as well as a cog or two! As you can see I certainly do.  My project is an altered door sign........
The door sign is something I bought a while ago, thinking it would be a good base for altering. The cogs are laser cut MDF shapes. I started by using my favourite Tim holtz, Layering Stencil, with Grunge Paste to add some texture to the sign. I didn't bother putting gesso on first as the wooden surface was quite smooth with a matte finish. Whilst this was drying, I painted the cogs with black texture paint from a 'Rusty Patina' set, by Imagination Crafts. Once they were dry, I set about creating a rusty finish on them. Firstly, I splodged on patches of the rust coloured paint from the set, and added some splashes of teal here and there.
When these layers of paint were dry, I added patches of Seth Apter's Chunky Rust, embossing powder. I then painted the door sign with the same black texture paint....
 I then used  metallic Treasure Gold Pastes, to highlight the raised patterns. I also used a pewter coloured gilding paste, on some of the cogs. My hands were pretty messy by this stage, so I'm afraid I didn't capture any pictures but here's a close up of a finished section....
It was fun playing with different arrangements of cogs, before adhering them with a glue gun. The finishing touches were to add different brads to the centres of the cogs, as well as an altered Word Chip, declaring  'Salvaged'. I really love creating faux finishes with rusty metallics, being one of my favourites. So it's many thanks to our Creative Guide Ann, for choosing a challenge that has enabled me to indulge my passion! If you would like to follow me and indulge your passion for cogs, gears and textures, please come and join us over on the A Vintage Journey blog. You'll find some fantastic inspiring projects by Ann and the other Creative Guides, as well as all the details of how to get involved. I hope to see you there! 



  1. A fabulous alteration of your upcycled sign Toni x I love the rusty background and the cogs/gears look amazing xx
    Hope the renovations are coming along and life is not as busy xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  2. Scrumptious rusting of the cogs and gears, and I just love that aged, gilded scrollwork in the background - great upcycling to create a fabulous new sign.
    Alison x

  3. what a great repurpose of that wooden sign Toni! Your gears are rusted gorgeously! xx

  4. Wow, such a gorgeous transformation! I love how you layered the cogs together and the rusty metallic is amazing 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and sending you happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x