The Colors Of Corrosion: Rusty Palettes

The Colors Of Corrosion: Rusty Palettes

When iron meets oxygen and water a colorful process takes place that leaves the vibrant red-orange color we know as rust. Rust is the corrosion of iron caused by a chemical reaction that take place when iron is exposed to oxygen in the presence of water or moisture. The chemical reaction creates red oxides, the familiar red-orange.

Photo by limonada
Bleeding Rust

Iron oxides were used in the paints of the earliest prehistoric art. It is also used in ceramics, and synthetic versions of the pigments are widely used in cosmetics.

Rust can be a humbling reminder of the passing of time and the fragility of humans and their creations, like seeing rust appear on the edges of your first bike or car, or returning to a building or home to find it has taken on a new personality, one faded from the passing years, but it also can be inspiring with its rich color that changes and compliments the colors that surround it.

Let's have a look at some rusty palettes, colors and patterns pulled from incredible photos and the COLOURlovers library.

Photo by scottwills
Peeling PaintGMC truck

Photo by Leo Reynolds

Photo by mr_gonzales [away]
Used to be a door Bright Rust
Photo by tanakawho

Photo by Mike Ruggirello
Inspired This Post Where'd We Leave It?
Photo by tashland

Photo by tashland

Rust Palettes, Colors and Patterns from the CL library

passion for colour diamonds & rust

Rusty Crusty Rusting girders

Rust Distressed Copper

Rusty Water Pail rusted

Rustique Rust and Sea

rusty_nail rusted_and_used

rustic_blue rusty

rusty_pelican Rusty_Red

Rustic_Charm Rust

rusted_rainbow rust

Rusted Rusty Morning Glory

rusty flowers rust phalaenopsis

rusted heart rusty fence

Rusty flowers Rusted Flowebed

rusted retro rusty

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Showing 1 - 22 of 22 Comments
I'm absolutely loving this. Beautiful and vibrant!
Wow, rust really is some beautiful stuff.
I'm absolutely loving this. Beautiful and vibrant!

wow, gorgeous post ! one of the most beautiful, evad, by far !!
different colors combinaison can come from anywhere and this those are perfect examples :D
Great photos! Very Wabi Sabi
Wow. Corrosion can be fun!
I still hate rust, but at least I have more appreciation for how colorful it is! :)
Great article, great palettes, great colors. Thanks.
Fantastic post! I love the colors of rust.
absolutely gorgeous!
Much obliged~! These colors are very usual in creating all things creepy.
Thanks for highlight my Rusty Water Pail
with colours everything is so different and beautiful!
i've always loved taking pictures of old rusty buildings and cars. Great post!
awesome, simply awesome
blz te amo
These colours are so inspiring. Beautiful!

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