18 August 2011

Time Flies!

Ok. The truth is that when I go off to my tiny corner of the study to get inky I always disappear with the words "I'll only be about half an hour" - then, about three hours later David appears letting me know that my half an hour was yet again lost in the midst of time! So I knew that I needed a clock and seeing the wonderful Wendy Vecchi's gi-normous Pocket Watch I knew that was my starting point! My first attempt was fab fun as I sprayed it in many different
My first attempt!
Creative Expressions Cosmic Shimmer misters  - layering up the colours until it looked grungy and very cool! The Grungeboard clock face was cut using Tim's Weathered Clock die and my trusty Vagabond. It was covered in black Paint Dabber and, when dry, sanded down and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and gold Paint Dabber added . I used some of Tim's Sprockets and a real clock mechanism. The hands were a little too bright so I used Ginger and Red Pepper Alcohol Inks to de-bling them! I was really pleased with my 
clock but the rest of the family said they couldn't read the time (and they might have been right...) So, in keeping with Hel's Sunday Stamper challenge to use white I used the same technique as I did here with Picket Fence Crackle Paint and clear UTEE  but rubbed a bit of Vintage Photo into the cracks in between the two sessions of embossing. I made sure that the Crackle Paint wasn't too perfect as I wanted it to be a little more uneven and grungy than when I last 
used the technique. In Jet Black Archival Ink I stamped swirls onto the 'winder', then I reassembled the clock as it was did before! I want to see how it looks for a while - but I might add wings to it (then time really might fly!) but it needs to settle into it's new home first! 
Hopefully everyone can read the time clearly now and I hope time flies when you are being creative - because surely that's a sign that you're enjoying it?!!! Gabrielle x 
ps - the photos make the clock look creamy - this might have a lot to do with the lack of natural light today due to the relentless rain experienced in Milton Keynes! It might be good for gardens but it plays havoc with photos!


Kaz said...

WOW this clock is so cool, love the colour looks so shabby chic.....very gorgeous and extremley stylish xx


Minxy said...

HOLY COW thats one big art part, and an amazing job you've done of it too, love this idea and may just have to pinch it if you dont mind, i so need one of these clocks :D

Helen said...

Love it!!

Jo said...

Hi Gabrielle, this is lovely, tres chic and practical! I have to agree with the family though much better in the cracked white. jo xx

Hels Sheridan said...

GORGEOUS... needing those large pocket watches... and... the Alterations fits on it too... whoothoot!! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday STamper x

hazel said...

Wow! This is fabulous Gabrielle - I love it.
xxx Hazel.

Alison said...

Your clock is ultra cool Gabrielle! I love it!! xx