Monday, 16 February 2015

"Time" For A Makover

It's Monday, Dear Friends, so it's time for another beautiful project from my Creative Team!
Today it's Rebecca performing her altered art magic on a vintage clock. With amazing results....


Hello Everyone,
Rebecca here with you today to share a vintage makeover.
When my husband returned from a work trip to London with 3 vintage clocks in need of repair , I was OVER THE MOON excited. I knew straight away I would make over one mixed media style and possibly restore the other two to original condition (then again, I kind of like the way this one looks, so you never know what fate the other two hold).
I ordered my clock mechanism from eBay and from there I sat and stared, literally for a few days. I had no idea what to do, where to start, why was I taking on such a big project?
However never one to back down from a challenge, once that mojo hit, it HIT and I was off and racing, this is what I came up with. I hope you like it!!



To begin I removed the clock face and gave the entire clock a coat of Art Basics Heavy White Gesso, this included removing the back door and giving that a little paint too.


With a paint brush I carefully applied some Art Basics Soft Matte Gel  to torn vintage book text and adhered it to the surface of the clock in random places. Some of the text I wanted to do image transfer other parts I wanted to leave.
With a water mister I spritzed random sections and began to rub back the book text to transfer the image. When finished, some book text was right side up, others were mirrored, I was happy.


This time I wanted to steer away from my usual blue, green or grungy colour choice. I went with colors opposite to what I would usually choose - magenta (Viva Maya Gold - Magenta) and violet (Lumiere - Halo Violet Gold). I held my breath and painted the entire clock.
I am not going to lie, after I finished I thought, no no no, I don't like it. I 'attempted' to remove it with a cloth and water without success (oh oh, not really sure what I was thinking, as if that was ever going to work!!). However in doing this  I did manage to rub some paint back to the wood which in turn gave the clock an amazing rustic look, win win.



Using a Black Archival ink I stamped all over the clock with a combination of 3 different stamps (Cirlces, Small Doily, Book).
I didn't think too much, just kept it very random and stamped away by hand minus a block.


Last month my blog post for the Finnabair Creative Team included material, I wanted to again use material as I  really love the vibrant texture of it.
I cut my material leaves and using my finger I wiped on a little Soft Matte Gel and then adhered the material leaf to some card stock.
Once dry, using my sewing machine I stitched in three lines back and forth down the middle (very roughly). All the leaves were outlined with a black Faber Castell PITT pen, in retrospect this could have also been done after adhering (we all learn the hard way sometimes right?).
With a small amount of 3D Matte Gel used, I began placing my stitched leaves all over my clock. Some I cut in half to use on the outer edges and top of the clock.


To make the inner black material flowers I followed a tutorial by the very talented Anneke De Clerck which was featured in the latest Craft Stamper magazine. Thank you Anneke, I loved making them!!


The clock bezel was given  a fairly thick coat of Art Extravagance Texture Paste in Copper Crackle. This was applied with a very fine paint brush and gave the bezel a stunning crackled look.
Before installing my actual clock mechanics, I installed a more important mechnical -  my Prima Large Flower Mechanical. The inner clock bezel was further enhanced with Art Ingredients Glass Beads in Cobalt Blue and Licorice


At this stage I have my entire clock a coat of Soft Gloss Gel - this sealed in all my materials and also gave the surface a fabulous gloss finish.




The Cobalt Blue beads are brand new products that were released this January. They arrived in my second Finnabair Creative Team kit. I really thought I had finished my clock before that box arrived, however when I opened those Cobalt Blue beads, ooooh la la... They just had to go on my clock too, around my flowers, inside my flowers and along the clock edge. Every single bead was lovingly hand placed, patience and therapy my friends...

If you have any questions at all I am more than happy to help.

Wishing you a very happy and creative day!

~ Rebecca ~

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18 comments:

Elena said...

What a nice clock, Rebecca. I like the color, leaves and handmade black flowers. Are they handmade? Good job.

Gavi S said...

Wow, so beautiful bold and creative! I just love it! Way cool...

Carol McCready said...

The clock is just amazing. Love how you altered it. Thank you for the inspiration.

Win Dinn said...

WOW - stunningly completed project. It's fabulous!

whyducks said...

Really lovely

Anneke said...

Love your clock, quite a transformation wow!

Ann said...

Beautiful. I can see it was a labor of love.

Pam said...

love the colors!

Debi said...

Looks just fab - very inspirational creation :-)

LucianaW said...

Stunning!!!!!

Lisa H said...

very vibrant! this is great. =)

Kathy Bradley said...

Your clock turned out so very adorable. The colors are bright and happy and your beads look awesome. The copper crackle turned out perfect. Thanks for sharing.

Lou said...

Love love love it! And love that you shared your fear of making a mistake and the happy surprise that it brought!

Amante del Papel said...

looks so beautiful and awesome!

Anjuli Johnson said...

Beautiful!! What an awesome idea!

Joi at RR said...

Dear me... you are a very courageous gal! Your creation is wonderful and it works too!! Spectacular. j.

Susan Battensby said...

Wow stunning clock, very bold.

Helen Tilbury said...

Wow love this! Great makeover!!