Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Having a cracking time!

The challenge at Three Muses is Timepieces so I decided to post a piece I made for my partner.  The piece has been created in a smash journal, which is ring bound with various types of paper.  This piece is on high quality print paper (hence, there is no paint!). 

My grandfathers clock was too old for the shelf so it stood 90 years on the floor
 I started by drawing a rough shape of a long clock with a black marker.  I then drew a circle where the face of the clock would be and coloured it with very dark brown distress ink.  The whole background is coloured with Tim Holtz distress inks in various colours from the brown / blue range.  I used a blending sponge most of the time but also used direct to paper technique.

I had the clock face in my scrapbook paper stash (I think it could be Tim Holtz) which was the perfect size.  I cut it out and then applied a VERY thick layer of Tim Holtz distress crackle paint.  It was incredibly thick but didn't run off the edges.  Putting it somewhere it could stay undisturbed for 24 hours as I watched  it curl and buckle.  They straighten up once you crack them flat again

The clock face was edged with brown distress ink and then glued to the background.  The wings were stamped, embossed and have a metallic paint effect applied prior to being cut-out and glued.

The base of the clock has chains and little penny farthing bicycles to represent the weights with a coin as the centre weight.  All the metallic elements are glued using glossy accents to prevent them coming lose.

The various quotes and sentiments about time are all printed on my computer using Albertsthal Typewriter font and then glued to the page.

For those wondering, yes he does sometimes use the smash book to stick 'guy' stuff in: beer labels, strange diagrams I don't understand, and he writes the weather in it sometimes too - go figure!


  1. it is wonderful! that crackled effect is great - seems i must go and buy this stuff!

  2. This is really cool.
    I love allthe pieces of it and of cause the quotes

  3. Fantastic collage, love the clock with wings and crackle effect like Johanna.

  4. Perfect achievement and fantastic idea Liz!

  5. Wonderful mixed media collage, Liz!xx Happy Halloween!

  6. I'd love to browse through that Snash book. My daughter has done one. They are such fun. Thanks for sharing your journey of creation!

  7. Wow i like your broken glas and you have createt a verry nice collage
    l.g Anna

  8. This is very cool and a cute journal page...awesome work!

  9. Creative, beautiful piece.


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