This is a first for me..my FIRST Assemblage Clock! In case you have no idea what I mean, these are a plain shell of an alarm clock, brought to us my Tim Holz to do with as we please! So I took this metal shell out of its box, all new and shiny, just asking to be loved and a few current challenges prompted me to go for it and create!! It took about 2 weeks, in the little snippets of relaxation time I've had lately....
One of the Challenges I wish to enter is Vintage Journey, my first time..feeling energised to enter after having Tim's 'Compendium III' for Christmas.The current theme is to use a portrait and I chose this old photo of me with Mum and Dad.
First of all, I took the clock apart and painted it with gesso, which is recommended as it is made of metal and this gives it 'grab'. I then decided to use an acrylic chalk Fresco paint by PaperArtsy, in Mermaid, a lovely aqua colour. I mixed a little of the white gesso with it and sponge painted it again.
When it was dry I sanded the paint very minimally in a few places to reveal a little of the metal. I also sponged over some Vintage Photo distress ink.
I took some random words from a new packet of Tim's Ideology Remnant Rubs - choosing words that relate to family and life, such as 'memories' 'blessed' 'love from the heart' etc etc and used them on the bells and around the rim of the clock.
To finish off the shell, I coated it with Ranger Glue n' Seal and left to dry.
Whilst it was drying, I set to doing all my stamping and die cutting.
The bird is stamped from Clear Impressions 'Bird Song' set, which was free with a magazine and part of a set, brand new and not opened yet. I stamped it on to paper by Graphic 45, from the Typography pad.
I die cut the roses, butterflies and leaves -a mixture of Spellbinders and Sizzix dies - and before rolling the roses into shape, I sponged some of the paint mix on to them, as well as the leaves and butterflies and left to dry. I then stamped them with random words such as 'family' 'memories' 'love', using Versafine Sepia ink.
Once I had made the roses I inked the edges using Vintage Photo and applied the same to the rest of the die cuts.
Next was a case of putting it all together! I found a silver button-hole holder in a box and decided to use it inside the clock, adding some leaves and and one rose head...you can just about see it tucked away in the close up photo. I had decided to use a photo of real relatives (opposed to 'Found' relatives, if you are a Tim fan and know what I mean) and as I thought I might actually like to display it, I looked for a photo of my parents and found this one in an old album..so I scanned and printed it.
Now I have to apologise here as I should have photographed the inside before putting it back together, but I got so excited about wanting to see it, that I forgot. I had glued some roses to the inside base and had adhered the photo to the back, which I had covered wit some Tim Holz fabric!!! I wanted to keep the glass so that it had more of a photo frame appearance and it took quite a time to get the back on with everything looking as I wanted it too, so there was no way I was removing it again....therefore there is some reflection in the close ups.
I decorated the outside with more roses and the stamped die-cut the leaves and butterfly and the stamped bird. I also added a bead string tied to a little heart key, which I had also sponge-painted with the paint mix, quite randomly, to allow some of the metal to appear through and give a patina effect.
One thing is for sure, I can see how these could be addictive! I already have ideas for Easter and Christmas decorations!
Thank you so much for stopping by, I really do appreciate your visits and comments...you know I do!!!
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