HAPPY HAPPY FRIDAY!! It’s that ‘time’ again…Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #10– Tim Holtz’s Assemblage Clock! Now you get my ‘time’ hints :) and you may have guessed the theme I chose to decorate my clock with, too–Edgar Allan Poe! With Halloween right around the corner, a lot of my crafting of late has had an All Hallow’s Eve feel to it and I was waiting for this challenge, so I can make something for the house for Halloween :)
The challenge this time around is not technique based, so I can show you what I did to compose my Assemblage Clock. This is Challenge #10 which means The Funkie Junkie (Linda Coughlin to those who know her) Boutique is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of the lucky winners and as usual, the prize-a-palooza package from Tim & Mario is awarded to the Curiosity Crew’s Choice.
I’m working from page 33 in Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities 3 and it’s all about creating freely and having fun! I took my time putting this together and even had some creative help from my hubbie along the way :)
I completely disassembled my clock (I used a 7/32 socket) and kept all of the small pieces in a little brad container that I’ve saved from days of yore.
I’m going to start by giving all of my clock pieces a coat of Adirondack Alcohol Inks. I used Wild Plum, Lettuce, Terra Cotta & Eggplant.
I let gravity and the shape of the bell caps take its course with the Alcohol Inks. The coverage was great and the way the inks ran and mottled together was just what I was hoping for.
I did the same thing with the body of the clock and let the Alcohol Inks run with the shape of the clock. I helped a bit and spun the clock body to move the ink around the clock (uh, the edges of the clock are SHARP and I now have a new scar on my man hands!).
I got really painty with these next steps and I still have paint under my nails! I’m going to do some finger painting with Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon & Black Soot DPs…
I picked up the DPs with my fingers (individually at first..) and swiped and rubbed paint over the outside surface of the clock body and bell caps. I did rub a little bit of DP in the undersides of the bell caps, too.
During all of my finger painting, I rubbed Black Soot DP onto the washers and nuts and heat dried them on my little pliers.
This is how I stored my clock at night. As I did things for and on the clock during the day, I stored any bits & pieces inside the body-safely away from night prowling kitties!!
I decided on painting the inside of the clock a lighter color because I plan on using a lot of black elements within the confines of the hollow clock body which will entomb…..OH, almost waxed goth there ;) Sorry, back now!
I applied two coats of Pumice Stone DP and carefully heat dried each. It is metal and it does get hot, but no burns suffered (from heat drying..).
I’m using stamps from the Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary plates from Oxford Impressions which work so well together. I mix and match these two sets all the time, but they are completely image-fulfilling on their own!
Stamping onto tissue paper is Awesome! You end up with two images on both sides of the tissue, giving you more versatility for image positioning. Once I stamped the house image onto this piece of tissue paper, I turned it over and glued it into place with gloss multi-medium. I heat dried just a bit, but mostly let this air dry. OH–I’m using Jet Black Archival Ink as it’s permanent and won’t smudge from the multi-medium.
I’m using the Ouija board image to create the wallpaper that will adorn the inside of the clock.
Working in sections, I brushed a coat of multi-medium onto the wall of the clock, laid a piece of the tissue paper down and brushed over to set. I cut any overhanging tissue with my finger knife once it was dry.
I had to get ‘Nevermore’ in this clock somewhere! I rimmed the inside of the bell caps with tissue paper stamped with the famous utterance.
I so totally had to use the Gothic layering stencil on this! I masked the house image and used Black Soot & Seedless Preserves DPs, then I sprinkled Antiquities Frosted Crystal EP over the wet paint and heat embossed. I wanted the stenciled design to have a matte finish and this worked great!
OH BOY–Now onto the actual pieces that will create my scene! I shall have a gothic headstone! I stamped this headstone image onto chipboard several times…
…and fussy cut each one out. The top headstone needs to be weathered and worn so I stamp over one of the fussy cut stones with Distress Embossing Ink…
I layered all of the chipboard headstones together and glued all of the layers with multi-medium. I set this between a heavy stack of stuff overnight to dry and fuse together.
A gravesite isn’t gothic unless there’s a mourning wreath, well, a Woodlands wreath that will get the goth treatment…
…with Black Marble Ink Spray!! Oh, Oh, I feel the goth coming out…black marble, cold like the soul of the raven’s black eyes that stare….
I made a couple of banners from manila stock that I’ll drape onto the wreath. I treated the banners with Tea Dye, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain mini DIs.
I made an itty bitty little easel for the wreath out of fireplace match sticks and hot glue then painted with Black Soot DP. I stamped the raven image onto Shrink Plastic with Jet Black Staz-On Ink and let air dry a long time before fussy cutting it.
Here’s the little raven after being shrunk down with my embossing heat tool. It wouldn’t be a proper ode to Poe without a raven ;)
This could be one of the funnest little décor elements I’ve ever made!
I want to add these metal filigree rounds to the bell caps–but I have to paint them black to make them goth-worthy. These are wonderful little metal embellishments that I bought from The Funkie Junkie Boutique :)
I painted the filigree rounds with Black Soot DP and carefully heat dried. Once dry, I brushed multi-medium on the bottom of the filigree pieces and brushed a little on top of the bell caps and adhered the rounds down. I did place some weighted items on top of the caps to make sure those filigree pieces won’t go anywhere.
I stamped Mr. Poe’s image with Jet Black Archival Ink onto the smooth side of Distress Water Color paper. I colored the entire image with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Tattered Rose & Aged Mahogany and my water brush. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the entire portrait image, or just fussy cut Edgar out.
Oh, this little skull & crossbones, I love this little trinket!! I gave my skull the goth treatment with Black Soot DP and added tiny red rhinestones in the eye sockets. I needed to add a little bling somewhere :)
BTS-Before calling it quits one of the nights I crafted late, I rusted this Prima clock face with Rusting Powder and let it do its rusting magic overnight. I knew this was going to be safe overnight from the cats, because it gets sprayed with vinegar to activate the rusting ;)
OK–So now it’s time for assembly. I’m using kraft shred for my groundcover that I spritzed with Black Marble & Chopped Pesto Ink Sprays.
OH–before I started gluing things in place, I added some hot glue spider webs to my wreath arrangement. Since the clock is round, I trimmed down one of the legs on my easel so that it would sit somewhat straight in my graveyard.
Same with the headstone…I trimmed it down so that it will sit properly with the curved shape of the clock and adhered it with my hot glue gun (my man hand fingers may have gotten too close to the tip of the hot glue gun during these initial assembly steps) ;)
I almost forgot about installing the glass!! But I figured that out before I started gluing everything in place!! WHEW & DUH!!
My clock is almost complete….I’m waiting for a few things to dry….
I used my Tattered Florals die to create the goth blooms from black cotton fabric, black tulle, and orange color Core’dinations stock. I stenciled the black fabric with the Gothic and Halloween layering stencils–it’s difficult to see the stenciled designs, but they’re there :)
Here’s a better view of the blooms. Before I hot glued in place, I spritzed the blooms with Pomegranate Seed Ink Spray and Sheer Shimmer mist. I also added a strip of black lace that I weaved between the blooms as I was gluing.
I’m still trying to take as many ‘finished’ pictures outside that I can, to utilize the sunshine while we still have it. Tricky photographing this clock because the glass front reflects everything!!
Oh, my skeleton friend? He got molded so that he’s hugging Mr. Poe’s headstone!
The shrink plastic raven was glued on top of the easel, perched to protect and overlook Mr. Poe’s final resting place-in this clock!
I swear that Edgar’s eyes follow me every where I go!! Look at him peeking through from the back of the scene…and then those glowing red eyes from the skull–Oh, so eerie!!
I could keep fussing and adding more embellishments to my Assemblage Clock, but at some point, I have to stop and close it up!! And hurry and get this entered over at Studio L3 by tonight (11:55 Boise time)!! I didn’t mean to wait until the very last moment to share or enter this, I was just having so much fun that I got swept away!
I hope you enjoyed my latest ode to Mr. Poe. The anniversary of his death, 165 years ago, is quickly approaching and I hope that where ever he may be now, he’s pleased at how appreciated he and his work are and how alive his spirit is in his written words. Thank You, EAP!
Thanks for enduring my gothic reveries!! I know this was a long one with lots of photos, but it’s over now!! Or is it?
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Assemblage Clock (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Stamps: Haunted & Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Plates (Oxford Impressions/Austen Gallery)
- Surfaces: Manila Stock; Shrink Plastic (Ranger); Modeling Film (Wendy Vecchi); Chipboard; Distress Water Color Stock (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Tissue Paper; Color Core’dinations (Core’dinations); Black Cotton Fabric; Black Tulle; Black Lace; Kraft Shred; Woodlands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Distress Inks, Markers & Paints (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Dylusions Ink Sprays (Ranger); Adirondack Alcohol Inks (Ranger); Mixables Sheer Shimmer Mist (My Favorite Things); Archival Ink (Ranger); Distress Embossing Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Staz-On Inks (Tsukineko); Antiquities Frosted EP (Ranger); Distress EP (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Rusting Powder (Crafty Notions)
- Crossbones (Tim Holtz/Idea0ology); Metal Filigree Rounds (The Funkie Junkie Boutique); Black Brads; Clock Face (Prima Embellishments)
- Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Scissors;
- Craft Sheet (Ranger); Wax Paper; Glossy Multi-Medium (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger); Foam Squares; Heat Tool; Embossing Heat Tool; Ink Blending Tools