Friday, 17 July 2015

2015 #13 Altered Clock {by Joanne Allison}

 2015 Topic 13: Time

Hello, Joanne here - delighted to be joining PaperArtsy today to play along with the theme of "time"! I had loads of ideas but decided I should take the hint and finally get round to altering the clock that's been in my stash for longer than I care to remember. It cost a couple of pounds from Wilkinsons and they still have similar clocks if you fancy having a go at a bit of time alteration of your own.

I started by pulling the clock apart and giving the frame a light sanding so the plastic had a bit of tooth to it and then smeared on some Grunge Paste. I tapped the wet paste with my finger to give it a rough texture and left it to dry thoroughly. It takes longer on plastic than if your substrate was absorbent so wander off and have lunch, cut the grass or walk the dog! 

Once the textured paste is dry, it's time to pull out the Fresco Finish paints. I gave the whole thing a couple of coats of Chocolate Pudding as a base and once that was dry I did some dry brushing with Pewter and then Bora Bora. All the paints will benefit from a good shake before use but pay particular attention to the Pewter to make sure you get all that metallic goodness evenly distributed through the paint.

Stamping on tissue paper is such a useful technique when you have any sort of 3D or textured object. I stamped and heat set images from Hot Pick 1206, added touches of colour with markers and then used Snowflake (mixed with just a dot of Chocolate Pudding for some areas) on the back of some parts of the images. Satin Glaze is perfect for attaching the tissue, just spread on a layer and gently smooth the tissue down with a brush dipped in more glaze. I used a metallic gilding wax (Treasure Gold Silver would be a great choice) to add a little highlighting to some areas of texture.

Hot Pick 1206

I made the clock face by cutting a circle of card and dabbing on a mix of Bora Bora, Snowflake and Satin Glaze Fresco Finish paints and, while it was still wet, laying over tissue paper that had been scrunched and then smoothed out. Once dry, I sanded over the piece to get a sort of marble effect. I finished by adding the quote and image, again using the tissue technique. The two gents have been given charcoal pencil shadows and a dot of Enamel Accents marks the 12 o'clock spot.

Taking something boring and utilitarian like this cheap plastic clock and doing your own thing with it is very satisfying. I love the organic texture of the Grunge Paste on the frame and had fun getting different opacities by adding paint to the tissue paper stamping.

Thanks, and hope you feel inspired.

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Welcome and thankyou Joanne. We love the texture on this clock frame, which is brought to life with layers of paint. Dry brushing is such a crucial element to many designs; and when done beautifully as in this case it really makes for a professional finish

Heads Up! : Leandra will be demoing at Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex tomorrow 10am - 4pm, so if you are in Essex or nearby, do drop in to say hi. She will be predominantly using paints and Hot Picks, but is open for requests!

We would love you to join in with challenge #13:Time. If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE. 

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Time link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, July 26th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Helen said...

Great clock, Joanne!

Craftyfield said...

Lovely make, using one of my favourite Hot Picks too... Great idea to add shadow to "anchor" the guys.

Hazel Agnew said...

Great idea Joanne! Amazing how you can transform a cheapo into something so unique! Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

What a great idea. Love it! Lx

Art By Wanda said...

This is wonderful!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

So great to see you on here Joanne! So many things I love about this project! Love the pewter textured finish. Love the lady's face and flowers on the rim. Love the shadows to ground the guys. Really well executed project!

Lucy x

Charne said...

Oh I like this very much...TFS!

Julie Lee said...

What a beautiful project. The colour and the stamp choices are lovely. I love how you transformed this inexpensive mass-produced item into something so original! xx

mamablitger said...

Joanne what an awesome clock you made. Fantastic what you can achieve altering a a rather boring item this way. Love your way to transform the frame using grunge paste to add texture. Looks fantastic when you covered with tissue paper. And the center with the stamps you chose.... Amazing.
Thank you for sharing your efforts and share some inspiration
Hugs from Monica... Spain

Scrapmate said...

This is such a fab make. I love the shadows you've added to the men which gives added perspective.

Steven said...

oooh love transformed clocks and this one is fbulous. Great work

jill said...

Wow the clock looks fab . Well done Joanne on altering the clock .

Unknown said...

Fabulous makeover for the clock Alison. Love it!

Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

That looks great, fab transformation.

Notations of a Crafter said...

Love it, love it love it! I too have a clock in my craft room waiting to be altered, guess what I am doing today ;-)

Gez Butterworth said...

Fabulous project Joanne. Great inspiration!

Kathy said...

Fabulous project, who'd have thought there was a cheap plastic clock at the heart of it! Thanks you so much for all the tips you've shared too

Cocofolies said...

Really gorgeous clock, a clever and beautiful project Alison! Coco xx

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