How to Make Fake Rust on Paper


Painting fake rust onto a piece of paper gives the paper an aged and tarnished appearance without the downside of actual rust. This is a great way to add a unique touch to a piece of paper. You can paint a simulation of the rust effect using a few common materials from around the home or at your local craft supply store.

Things You'll Need

  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Fine grit sand
  • Brown paint
  • Orange paint
  • Gray paint
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Paint your piece of paper with a layer of white paint to cover any marks on the paper. This also will provide a surface to apply the rusting effect.

  • Drizzle a small amount of fine grit sand over the wet paint on the paper. Be sure to apply the sand randomly around the areas you want to create a rusting effect. This will give your rust a texture, making it look more realistic. After the sand has been applied, set the paper aside to let the paint dry and the sand stick.

  • Paint on some dark brown tones. Apply the paint with a paintbrush, dabbing the brush against the paper unevenly.

  • Paint on orange paint sparingly. Use the same technique as with the brown paint, but use less paint. Fill the gaps that were left white when applying the brown paint.

  • Apply some gray paint. Splatter it onto the paper by dipping the bristles into the paint, then rubbing your thumb over them and spraying small paint droplets onto the paper. This is done to simulate metal under the rust.

  • Spray some water with the spray bottle onto the paper while the paint is still wet. This will cause the colors to melt into each other, creating a more authentic looking rust effect. Set the paper aside to dry.

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