Sunday, 1 June 2014

Altered clock...part 2

The original challenge was to change or alter something and I'd thought about this project earlier in the week but hadn't had time to do anything until yesterday, which is why I was last minute Lucy! I've just found out that Country View Challenge this month is 'Only Men Allowed' (and this piece does have a strong male theme)....although this is a new post today with all the details and therefore isn't a backlink, I'm not sure it qualifies, as I posted a pic last night...however  as crafting is about sharing and I hope some of the techniques may be of interest, I will take the risk as they can always unlink me.

The clock has different tones in a different light.

This clock started out as my sons Postman Pat clock many moons ago and then was changed to a 'space theme' (very amateurish I know but it was 20 years ago) and that's how its been until yesterday waiting for a makeover.

I used several fresco paints including yellow submarine, taupe, chocolate pudding, french roast, irish cream, brown shed, blood orange and even started with a base coat of lake wanaka! I applied them with a baby wipe and had blended them quite well but I wanted some definition showing through as I was going to stamp on tissue and apply over, so I added some brush strokes of yellow submarine and irish cream.

I then applied some tinted grunge paste through the 'clockwork' clarity stencil (using chocolate pudding and taupe to tint it). I used a Crafty Individual 017 text stamp to make a further impression in the grunge paste. Once dry I dry brushed through the stencil with some french roast. 
I then stamped a variety of images and text stamps onto one ply of a large tissue using black archival, then heat set. The images used were from PaperArtsy Gentlemen no 3 and no 6, Darkroom door 'Steampunk' and Indigo Blu 'Take the Time'. I then applied the tissue that had been cut to size using beeswax ( yes the meltpot has been in use again).

It was quite easy to get the tissue to go into all the nooks and crannies, although I can see a crease on the bottom right but I think it adds to the aged effect! I added a little more wax to the outside and then used some heirloom gold perfect pearls on the wax. I then forgot to take any more photos until complete, but I used a spellbinders die 'sprightly sprockets' and some G45 paper, sorry not sure of the name but it included steampunk images. I layered these up with some metal embellishments. The numerals are prima mechanicals and although I did have a whole set of large numerals, I wanted to use a few small ones as I just thought it looked better. (the 11 and 12 are a 9 backwards and a 10 and 2 together if that makes sense).
Once they were all stuck down with matte medium I dry brushed with a mixture of little black dress and chocolate pudding over the paper and embellishments to tone them in without totally covering them.

Some of the underneath colour shows through

Detail of grunge paste impression and die cuts

 Lastly treasure gold in indigo, spanish topaz, onyxite and renaissance were used, each over certain areas to finish. The only thing I couldn't change was the shape, though I did toy with extending cogs out of the top and using some metal wings I had, but decided that with all the other additions the shape worked as it is.
Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a lovely day crafting if you can.


  1. What a FABULOUS creation Ruth! Love it! Karen.x

  2. This is a fabulous clock makeover Ruth, it caught my eye on CVC challenge and had to come over for a closer look. Mo x

  3. What a completely brilliant makeover... and the cards in the previous post were just lovely. That makes three in a row, and I'm signing up as your newest follower! Fabulous things here!!
    Alison xx

  4. Okay... so I was already here - forgive me! Have barely made it as far as the Blogger Dashboard in the last couple of weeks, so that's why I've missed the last couple of posts... glad I'm already on board!
    Alison xx

  5. I could never have guessed where you started with this Ruth so complete and dramatic has been the transformation. I love the way you've added a sense of depth and dimension with the different layers of cogs and gears. Jenny x

  6. Yes... and now I'm back yet again with my official hat on to say thank you so much for sharing this magnificent makeover with us at Country View Challenges.
    Alison xx


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