technique rust

Preparatory work of the metal plates for the rust

Rust is a special medium and requires a lengthy preparatory process that takes several months before the panels are ready to be painted on.

Rust is like wine and needs a ripening process until it has a certain depth, texture and color. Ulfert uses special oxidation techniques to apply different colors and patterns to the panels. Each rust plate has a different pattern and is therefore unique. The rust plates with texture and color are carefully selected and prepared for the corresponding painting over a longer period of time.

The oxidized plates not only work as a canvas or background, but become part of the painting.
The rust, as something with a past, is used with its natural color and matt surface structure as a point of contrast in order to create tension in the painting.

Rust is a natural oxidation process on metal. The rust color will darken and change over the years.

The plates are made to measure from 1 mm steel.
The panels have a 3cm frame.

Ulfert uses special oxidation techniques to apply different colors and patterns to the panels.

Weather, rain and time are also important elements in the process.

The first layers of rust are formed.
In the meantime, the panels are sanded and processed again in order to get different degrees of texture and color.

After several months, the rust is mature and deep enough to be used as a base for a painting.

Usually acrylic paints are used and applied using different techniques.


Frame width and metal dimension

Each rusted plate is made of 1mm steel and has a 30mm folded frame, which allows the picture to protrude from the wall accordingly.

From painting 040 onward the frame is bent twice as seen in these pictures.