Friday 8 August 2014

Time Flies at A Vintage Journey

I seem to be repeating this statement over and over again and I really can’t believe how quickly time passes, even more so as I get older (funny that’s just what my Mum used to say too).
Today sees us start another leg of the journey and it’s Chris who is asking us to think about time – her brief is about - ‘Anything relating to the passing of time which includes Tim's products - stamps, dies, Idea-ology etc. This is down to your interpretation of how quickly time passes and how you can demonstrate it but we want to see Tim's techniques too please. The world's your oyster’.
So a bit of Tim technique, a bit of Tim stamping, a bit of Tim embellishing, ok so this is what came out of it all.
I am afraid I didn’t take the cue about time passing, instead I did a literal interpretation, more about time flying. So I have altered a clock and added one of Tim’s pocket watches.
I had great fun shabbying up this watch with antique linen distress paint and using a clock face stamp from Mini Classics and some painted cogs and hands. I also stamped the long list of words from Stuff to Say and added the Timeless sentiment.
The bird is from Nature Walk, stamped with vintage photo, walnut stain and weathered wood distress inks and I painted in some broken china and edged with walnut stain and a brown permanent pen. It seemed rather flat so I added some details with the brown pen and then gave it a coat of clear distress crackle paint.
The background was made using Tim's clock face embossing folder where I rubbed walnut stain DI over it before running it through the Big Shot with some oyster coloured card. It then had layers of antique linen and broken china DIs and some light mists of water, making sure it was heat dried in between each new layer.
The clock was taken to pieces and given three coats of Decoart chalk paint starting with  and adding some candle rubs in between which allows me to rub away parts of each layer to expose the original wood and the other colours of paint. I also rubbed in some walnut stain distress ink.
I continued working on the clock case by adding some TH remnant rubs and distressing them with the stiff brush he uses, then I dry-brushed with some of the lace chalk paint, then used the three colours of paints through Tim’s harlequin stencil – this really shabbied it up.
To pull the inside together I used distress paint over some small metal cogs and adhered the background, watch, bird, cogs and words into the clock case.
Once I had found a small piece of chain I had the focal part of the clock and the remit for the challenge theme – Time Flies.
This made a real change for me to upcycle and alter something, haven’t done much of it lately and this was great fun. In fact I think it’s good enough for the conservatory and dust free to as all the parts are behind glass.
hugs Brenda xxx


massofhair said...

That is one amazing transformation, love everything about it:-) xxx

debby4000 said...

Amazing transformation, love your altered clock.

Clare Lloyd said...

Oh fabulous idea. Gorgeous project.

Ink Art Designs said...

I love your altered clock Brenda! And the background looks amazing
Dot x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Brenda. I love that you have used a clock and it will look wonderful in your conservatory and will be much admired,

Lucy x

Redanne said...

You have altered the clock beautifully Brenda, I love the transformation! The pocket watch and embossed time background look fantastic too. Hugs, Anne xx

Annie said...

A stunning project Brenda x I love your interpretation of the theme and this altered clock is full of such wonderful details. I love the appearance...right up my street.

TFS and hugs
Annie x

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Wow,amazing transformation! Stunning creation Brenda,beautifully done,the details are amazing.

You are right about time flying,don't know what's going on lately,wheres the year going?!

Lovely weekend

Donna xx

rachel said...

what a transformation Brenda - this truely is stunning - I adore it xx

Unknown said...

Your style is showing here!!! LOVE it BRENDA. The whole piece is really lovely... and time is flying like crazy. don't know where the first part of this year has gone... Maybe time has changed??? Thanks for sharing all the stages of this project.. .Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Jennie Atkinson said...

A truly fabulous makeover Brenda! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful steps - the techniques are all so beautifully done and I love all the individual embellishments. Great inspiration too for altering items! I shall be looking around the house now for a small clock to alter! Jennie x

Meggymay said...

Fantastic altering, the result looks awesome.

Terry said...

Brenda, the transformation of this clock is fabulous! I love how you used the "Time Flies" theme and all the elements work so well! The pocket watch is timeless! Maybe we can hold back the hands! I agree with getting older and time passing even quicker! Enjoy your holiday. Hugs!

Cardgenie said...

Brenda, what a wonderful project! The clock has changed from a dated object to a real work of art - love it. Jean.x

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous piece of altered art. Love the depth you have achieved in the background with The clock face embossing folder by using layers of inking. Stunning creation as always. Nikki x

Jools Robertson said...

Wow! what a transformation
Love the colours you have used on the clock case and pocket watch
I've only had a little play with the chalk paints, the results are lovely
Really like the subtle stamping too

Lovely finish such complimentary colours

Have a lovely holiday

Jools x

S@ndy Diller said...

Fantastic transformation!! I love how we can see what it was but looks so different. Love the colors and the layers.

Paper Profusion said...

A brilliant make Brenda! Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous altered clock Brenda ! Love the transformation and the little pocket watch is gorgeous ! Sue C x

Aspiring crafter said...

Love this timepiece!
Lots of inspiration , thanks so much,

Silvia(Barnie) said...

How cool, that's a breathtaking piece of art.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh love your altered clock Brenda, - what a stunning transformation, I adore that duck egg (ish) colour on the clock itself, and the way you did the inside with the bird and watch attached by the bit of chain, is such a clever interpretation of the theme, love it!!

Jenny Marples said...

Doesn't this look SO much better after it's overhaul Brenda! I love the subtle colouring which help you see that incredible layered pocket watch and the very clever stencilling/rub ons on the frame. LOVE it! Jenny x

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done Brenda. What a transformation!!!!! Love it! Karen.x

1CardCreator said...

Beautiful piece Brenda, love the clock, the painting and decorating of the wood pieces are stunning and the image you places inside really is gorgeous! ~Diane

hazel said...

I love your altered clock - a great transformation.
xxx Hazel.

Julia Aston said...

what a glorious transformation - love how you painted and distressed your clock frame - and your bird is just gorgeous!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

What a transformation! That pocket watch looks so authentic! Just gorgeous!

Juls said...

Such a fab piece altered art :-) xx

Sylvie Collet said...

Your altered clock is gorgeous!!!!I love the frame and...all!!!

Words and Pictures said...

What a stunning makeover... the clock looks just amazing with all those shabby chalky layers, and the pocket watch inside is completely delicious. Another joy of a make!
Alison xx

crafty creations said...

Wow what an amazing transformation - stunning x Hilda

Gio said...

Wow, stunning! Such great alteration. The pocket watch, the shabby-chic feeling, amazing!