Abstract Painting Anyone Can Do

Paintiing on canvas. So simple. Use Modern Masters Iron Oxide Paint and Rusting Activator. Coat a canvas in acid blocking primer. Paint your accent color stripes (I chose turquoise) with Acrylic Paint. Paint two coats of iron oxide paint, leaving your accent color exposed as desired, waiting 30 minutes between coats. After your 2nd coat dries for an hour, spray on the rust activator (do this outside to avoid rust drips on your floor) and let sit for 5 minutes. Spray a 2nd coat and let the activator do its stuff for about 3 hours. The only actual painting done was the turquoise.
Product used
turquoise, with just a touch of yellow over a black acid-blocking primer.
1st coat of rust activator starting to work.
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  • Stephanie Stephanie on Feb 15, 2016
    So the rust activator doesn't hurt or color out the acrylic paint.

  • Julie Julie on Sep 03, 2016
    Do you think you could put a coat of epoxy over all that?

  • Erin Gilley Erin Gilley on Sep 16, 2018

    Can you seal this so that it is waterproof? Thinking of painting part of a patio wall.

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  • GarynSharon Daniels GarynSharon Daniels on Apr 15, 2015
    @Leslie D: I love it but I'm not sure my husband would vote for it. Don"t you just hate not being able to just do it?

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    • GarynSharon Daniels GarynSharon Daniels on May 13, 2015
      @Leslie D Have you ever heard of Core-10 metal? It only rusts so far and then hardens and stays a lovely rust color. Salem, Oregon has a Forest Service building that looks like a work of art. I worked in a Fabrication shop and have seen first hand how difficult it is to balance craftsmanship with a budget. Your work is truly beautiful.

  • Sandy Oberg Sandy Oberg on Aug 23, 2015
    What primer did you use??? This is beautiful!

    • Leslie D Leslie D on Sep 16, 2018

      Thank you! I used a specialty acid-blocking primer, also made by Modern Masters, made to work with their products.