Sunday, 1 March 2015

Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hello crafters..
A new month beckons…and it’s already March! Can you believe we are 2 months up??? I am excites about the coming months as I am planning to give my 10yr old house a BIG makeover! Can you imagine the possibilities that open up for me as an “altered art” artist???
Am loving the thought of it and so I begin this month with my DT project for Rhedd’sCreative Spirit where it is always ANYTHING GOES but altered art or mixed media only. Isn't that fun.. I clubbed the 2 possibilities and came up with this “Hickory Dickory Dock” but only this time you have birds flying up and not the mouse, lol!

Have you guessed??? YES, it’s an altered wall clock…

How exciting is that…I have altered a boring wooden clock to suit the new color scheme of my house and that too using a lot of Tim Holtz products and techniques. What do we do without the master??? It’s amazing how things can be altered using his products and that is what you will be seeing soon…

I started by sanding the entire wooden clock after removing all the clock parts. Once the wax and gloss was removed, I applied 2 coats of gesso and patiently waited. This time it is a big project..3 feet tall…so I better be patient, lol!
Once dry I chose my new colors Distress stain in peacock feathers and applied randomly all over the clock and simultaneously added watered down gesso, to make it more chalky and applied all over the wooden parts.

Again, my patience tested as I had a good amount of coverage to be done…so 2 coats again with sanding in between. Once I was happy with the color tone, I applied rock candy distress crackle paint in random parts and applied walnut stain distress stain in the cracks.
Also weathered down the clocks by sanding the edges to reveal a bit of the wood and also inked in many places with walnut stain to give it the “antique look”…it is a 20 year old clock, anyways(gifted for my wedding)!
The next stage was to take up TH stencils in cargo and I applied homemade texture paste and as it was wet, sprinkled some fine glitter on it. Voila, as the texture dried, it also started sparkling!

Once the outer of the clock was ready, I moved to the inside makeover. I am finally gathering up courage to tear up papers from TH wall flower paper pack, but only 1 sheet for a project lol! Here I managed 2, cos I knew I would be looking at this clock every day and would have a chance to admire the papers too, lol!
I fussy cut the floral patterns from one page and the birds from the other and distressed the edges and modge podged the floral patterns on the shadow box portion of the clock.
To my delight, I had a big shadow box to play with and since this is a battery operated clock, the pendulum is actually a static piece which means I can work on it too!
Once the flowers were in place, I gathered some twigs from the garden and applied picket fence D Stains to it and made a little “platform” for the birds to perch on! I stuck the twigs to the length of the pendulum and had the birds sitting on it!

For the round portion of the pendulum, I had some pattern papers stuck with modge podge and then stamped this wonderful quote from Paper Artsy on tissue and flaunted it as the focal piece there…very true isn’t it ???

Now comes the clock face…I just die cut a crclr to suit the size of the face using the same PP and inked the face with alcohol inks in matching colors. You see a blue/green and brown in the edges??A closer look at the inside and you will find the secret date of our wedding day…after all it is a reminder of our wedding, you see!

I still had a lot of space inside the clock and so built a lovely BIG nest with loots of coconut coir tucked in and perched a little bird there with an egg too! So you see a lot of birds here and not the mouse!

Embellishment time…my most enjoyable part of ant 3D project and this time I wanted to make some different flowers. I decided to do some cabbage roses using left over PP from my stash and followed every step of the talented “flower queen” ( I am sure many of you will agree) Jennie of Live The Dream. You have to see her amazing flower tutorials and see how your project comes to life with those beauties. Thanks Jennie for being an inspiration! I just love the look of these flowers on my clock, just PERFECT. This such a lovely idea to use up scraps.

The flowers are all made using TH tattered florals die. I assembled the flowers with some chip board branches from Creative Embellishments which I painted with picket fence D Stains too.The leaves are using TH tattered flowers and Die nemics die. One more bird tucked in here, waiting to get inside…
Isn't it cute???

I loved how the entire thing shaped up and for the impatient soul in me, this was a true test! This project took me 3 days with all the drying time that I dint speed up!
Now I have Huge satisfaction of altering a mega project  and it proudly hangs on the wall now bringing memories of our wedding! Though the walls still wears the old look, in a couple of months, it will be a perfect fit to the new colors up in the wall!

Thank you so much for your patience too, reading every bit of my makeover process and would love to hear your comments. I just love reading every bit of and can’t thank you all enough for that.
You are going to see more makeover projects and home décor projects from me in the coming months . Hope this inspires you to play along and would love to see your wonderful projects out at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit this month.
I would like to have my Wall clock enter the following challenges…
A Vintage Journey - Special numbers ( wedding anniversary here!)
Stampartic- special day
Artist Trading post- Alphabet soup
Decorate to Celebrate- Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons- Dies/ punches
Simon says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
City Crafter Challenge Blog- Use it Up- have used paper scraps for the cabbage roses
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge- Birds of a feather
Natalie and Amie Challenge Blog - Flowers
BGC- Mixed Media


Until my next Creative Journey,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.
Big Hugs.


67 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous makeover Rupa ..You have done it again :) ..Its like magic !!You have totally transformed a plain clock into a thing of beautiful ...I so love each and every detail here..This is amazing work !

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    1. That's so sweet of you Hussena. Glad you liked it...have a great week. Hugs.

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  2. Beautiful transformation! Love the new Rupa style clock ;) xxx

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    1. Thanks Ingrid. I like the way you said it! Hugs.

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  3. A totally amazing project Rupa...the colour palette is just gorgeous. The time and techniques are fabulous, a wonderful piece to treasure...I love it xx

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    1. Thanks Sandie..so happy you liked it. Hugs.

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  4. A stunning transformation, all the details look fabulous.
    Yvonne

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    1. Thanks Yvonne...have a great day. Hugs.

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    2. Back to thank you for joining us at ATP Exchange as well.

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  5. What a fantastic alteration Rupa, love your choice of colour and stunning flowers. The little bird, it's nest and egg are the perfect finishing touches. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

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    1. Thanks Julie...it's always a pleasure to play with the master's techniques and products and to see the the final product to your satisfaction is an added bonus. I am happy you liked it all..Big Hugs.

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  6. Such a fantastic makeover.......mesmerizing!

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  7. Awesome work Rupa :) hats off to your patience :):) that impatient self in me is awestruck ;)

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    1. Thanks Riswana...this was test to my patience and luckily I passed..not always, lol! Hugs.

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  8. Stunning makeover Rupa!! Wow, have to visit you to see this in your renovated house. :)
    Colours are fab and your flowers are incredible!!
    It must have took you long to complete this, but worth it!!

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    1. Thanks Shilpa...you are welcome, Yes, 3 days of patience paid off! Hugs.

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  9. Wow, this creation is just stunning!
    Thank you so much for entering in our challenge of Dies and or Punches at Crafting For All Seasons this time.
    Hope to see you again soon!

    Hugs,
    Milnie DT

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  10. What a beautiful transformation Rupa! I am loving your shabby flowers and the treatment of the clock body is fabulous! A stunning spring project and fantastic makeover idea! Love It! hugs :)

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  11. Quite an amazing transformation! Thank you for joining us this week at CCCB!
    Samra DT

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  12. Amazing Job Recycling /altering Queen , That too huge ! Hats off to your creativity n yes patience ! Loved every bit of this beautiful clock..colors ,textures ..beautiful papers n birds,flowers .Everything !

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    1. Thanks Pooja. ..so sweet of you. Hugs.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous Rupa!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

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  14. Love how you turned this simple wooden clock in to a piece of art! It’s absolutely LOVELY, Rupa! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

    ~Hugs~
    Chelsey
    Simon Says Stamp

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    1. Glad you liked it Chelsey. Thanks and hugs.

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  15. I can onnly come up with one word; BREATHTAKING! This is absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

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  16. WOW! this turned out so beautiful Rupa:) Great job and thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate!
    Hugs,
    Norma

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    1. Thanks Norma. Glad you liked it. Hugs.

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  17. Amazing transformation Rupa! I love how you've altered the face and the cabbage roses are simply stunning (Jennie does make the best floral tutorials ever doesn't she?). Too many gorgeous details to mention but I do love the idea of your hidden wedding date! Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange. Juliax

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    1. Thanks a bunch Julia...glad you liked it all and I can't agree more on what you said about Jennie!

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  18. wow what a beautiful transformation!

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  19. Oh wow Rupa, this is just amazing! And if this is any indication, your house is going to look breathtaking when it's done! There will be lots and lots of pictures, yes? x

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    1. Just what I wanted to hear! Thank you so much Sammy. Hugs.

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  20. I am just loving this make over Rupa, what a fabulous altered clock. I am sure it will sit beautifully in your newly decorated house. Great job.
    Thanks for linking your gorgeous art to A Vintage Journey.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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    1. So So happy you loved it, Brenda. Big Thanks nd hugs.

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  21. Wow WOw WOW! This clock makeover is so beautiful Rupa!!!

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  22. Fabulous clock Rupa!! Love how you've done the pendulum!! Steffi :o) xx

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    1. Thanks a bunch Steffi, glad you liked it. hugs

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  23. Lovely altered clock and those flowers are gorgeous! Love the clock color! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey.

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  24. Gorgeous altered clock.Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  25. Another stunning project, Rupa - what a creative place this is to visit! Love your springtime clock - it's so uplifting and cheerful.
    Alison xx

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    1. Thanks Alison...makes my day to hear such lovely comments! Hope to make you visit more! Hugs.

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  26. WOW Rupa, this make-over is just AMAZING !!! I love the colours you have used and all the wonderful little details - the birds sitting on the pendulum are fabulous as is that wonderful quote stamped on the pendulum itself. And your flowers are just stunning. Thank you so much for your very kind words - I am so pleased you love making flowers as much as I do. Again an amazing altered project and it must look stunning hanging in your home. Jennie x

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    1. Thanks again Jennie...for appreciating all the finer details here! your flowers add the perfect touch here.Hugs.

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  27. Stunning make, love the colours and how you put it all together! What a transformation, amazing! I totally love your shabby flowers too! Thanks so much for joining us at Mixed Media Monthly!

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  28. This is gorgeous!
    Thank you for joining us at Decorate to Celebrate!
    Lilian
    http://theleafstudio.blogspot.com

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  29. So beautiful! Love the colors and all of the details. Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  30. This is soo gorgeous! thanks for play with us @BGC :)

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  31. Very beautiful! Love the colors and all the flowers!

    Thank you for participating at Stampartic's challenge
    Hugs DT-Gry

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  32. wow that is just wonderful rupa !
    What a transformation !!!
    thanks for playing with us at BGC this month !

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  33. this is AMAZING! i never never seen an altered clock before, i just love it. what a piece of art for you home! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  34. Wow! This is beautiful!! Thanks for playing the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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  35. It's amazing! I like colours and details.
    thank you for playing along at BGC!

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