Saturday, August 30, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 10-Assemblage Clock

I can't believe we have already reached the 10th challenge!  I have had so much fun with all the challenges, but I have especially been looking forward to this one!  The minute I saw this wonderful Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock just waiting to be filled with something fun and the technique on Page 33, I knew exactly what I was going to do!  Here it is:
I wanted to put this photo of my Great Aunt into a nest and this clock gave me the perfect opportunity. Isn't she sweet?  I decided she needed a little rose in her clasped hands and sheer fairy wings.  

I started by removing the alarm bells and handle so that it would be easier to paint.  I had been warned by my fellow member of the Curiosity Crew and friend Marjie Kemper that it was real glass on the front, so I needed to be very careful.  I thought I would use painters tape to cover the glass.  Problem solved and I didn't need to take the whole clock apart!  

I then applied three coats of gesso to the clock and bells as a base and followed with Bundled Sage Distress Paint.  After the paint was dry, I used a rag to apply some streaks of color using Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint and Shaded Lilac.  Once dry, I reassembled the clock.

This is what the clock looked like while it was being painted:

Now the real fun began when I could decorate the inside of the clock!  

The first thing I did was to trace the back of the clock onto some of Tim's fabulous Wallflower paper and then cut it out.  I adhered it to the clock back using Scor-tape.

I had a nest that was slightly too big for the clock, so I cut it in half and inserted this half nest into the clock.  First I adhered down some excelsior moss and then the nest.  I added some more excelsior inside the nest and then placed the photot of my sweet Aunt Nita that I had decorated earlier inside the nest.  I had some silk flowers that I thought would look nice around the nest, so I adhered them around the nest to add color and interest.

I closed up the back of the clock and set to work on decorating the outside of the clock.  I just knew I had to use some of Tim's Ideology Nature Adornments.  The bough and the flying bird were perfect!  I painted both of them using the same Distress Paints I used to paint the clock.  I found the Word "Special Delivery" in Tim's Ideology Paper Pack and decided to cut it in two so that I had one word I could adhere to each "bell" of the assemblage clock.

The last thing I added were the words "loves" and "adventure" which are from Tim's Remnant Rubs.  Here is a close-up of the inside design:
I truly hope you have as much fun with this challenge as I did!

This 10th challenge is sponsored by the generous folks over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  There is also another fabulous prize package from Tim and Mario waiting to be shipped to one lucky winner!  Head on over to LindaLedbetter's site for all challenge rules and links to all the Curiosity Crew's blogs.  Don't forget to leave a comment!

Hope you enjoy this challenge!
Susan

57 comments :

  1. Susan love your little girl in the nest! Great concept for this challenge. I love all of the crews assembleage clocks....Love the distress of the colors added in as well. Well done. Thank you for sharing...

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  2. Such a sweet perch for your aunt! I love the soft colors of your clock and embellishments.

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  3. Susan, this is a beautiful memory piece of your aunt. I love how you painted the clock itself. The light colors really allow the eye to focus on that gorgeous picture and then to the beautiful pops of color. This is fantastic.

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  4. Such a lovely tribute to your great aunt! It even looks like it's a time peice from a bygone era!

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  5. Susan...your great Aunt is adorable sitting in the bird's nest! What a sweet way to remember her! :) I love your clock. It's very shabby chic-ish and absolutely darling! The sweet little flowers that are nestled around the nest are perfect for the glass front of the clock. I also like your Ideaology bird on the rim of the clock. Beautifully done! <3 Candy

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  6. What a wonderful vintage clock, beautiful with all the details, I love that you used a photo of your aunt.

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  7. Girly...you are the queen of incorporating family into your art....truly a gift! I love how you put this together...Anne Geddes has nothing on you girly! This is so sweet and melts my heart! Love all the little details you put into it as well.

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  8. WOW WOW WOW!!! You delight me always using your old family photos in your art! LOVE your auntie sitting here in the nest! Just delightful and oh so precious! This is a gorgeous piece Susan!!!

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  9. What a lovely clock Susan! You've highlighted that lovely photo perfectly inside!

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  10. Just lovely, Susan! Sweet little baby perched in your nest. Love all your details. You had fun with this, didn't you? It shows!!

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  11. Oh it´s so cute!!! What a great art-work inside your clock!!!

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  12. First, this is STUNNING! Love everything about it, especially that you wanted to (and did) put your auntie in a nest. Second, I'm having a V-8 head-thumping moment about removing the alarm bells before painting. You, my friend, are a smart cookie!

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  13. Beautiful! So sweet with that little angel in the bird's nest!

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  14. I love the little girl in the nest. Great idea.

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  15. This is just lovely and precious; what a great tribute to your aunt. Thank you so much for the tip about covering the glass, too; that will definitely come in handy!

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  16. Very sweet tribute to your Auntie! Very pretty piece.

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  17. So nice to see another relative! And so cute too!

    Painters tape! Why didn't I think of that!

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  18. So sweet! Your aunt looks right at home in the nest :)

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  19. What a smile bringer :) fantastic for a baby's room or baby shower gift.

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  20. Such a sweet piece. Love the soft color choices. The nest is just perfect. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  21. She has a sweet vintage look, and she looks quite smug sitting in there with all her goodies!

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  22. So creative, whimsical and gorgeous! Love it!

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  23. Susan, such a Lovely Assemblage Clock! I love how you're using all of these CC3 techniques to make such nice heirloom pieces to honor your family :) This darling baby picture of your Great Aunt is so cute nestled in her little nest! This pieces truly is a Special Delivery! XOXO-Shari T.

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  24. Such a sweet altered clock! I am so loving your use of family photos and making the project more breathtaking! Your aunt does look so sweet and adding the yellow rose is such a nice pop of color! I love this!

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  25. I love the picture of your Aunt .. that is so cute ! I love her sitting in a nest .. I love all the soft colors too.

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  26. Susan, this is such a sweet scene inside your pretty clock. I love that she's sitting in a nest with a flower in her hands. The metal adornments on the outside are perfect. The whole thing is so soft and sweet and such a pretty display piece with lots of meaning and love.

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  27. Is that not precious ! Absolutely love the Wallpaper background; the color you chose was so perfect for your "Special Delivery" clock!

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  28. Susan, your clock is soooo cool! It is definitely a keeper!
    Ivette

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  29. The clock is so pretty and the picture is absolutely adorable.

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  30. The clock is so cute and the little girl is precious. Beautiful work.

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  31. A delightfully vintage clock! Gorgeous image of your great aunt too. Karen.x

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  32. So adorable & what a lovely heirloom too

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  33. A "Special Delivery" indeed. Simply adorable.

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  34. Beautiful idea! Lovely girl in a nest! Ruth s

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  35. This is so sweet! I love how you included your aunt's photo in this!

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  36. This is such a beautiful idea and your baby aunt is so sweet! What a lovely gift for someone with a "Special Delivery". Love the little flower she is presenting to us. Love the nest. It's all warm and fuzzy feeling!

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  37. A beautiful clock and a great gift for a baby shower to showcase what so many of us do - thanks for sharing!

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  38. Such a sweet design and keepsake.
    Julie x

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  39. What a lovely tribute to your aunt. Lovely soft colours and shapes.

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  40. Oh Susan...loving your altered clock!! ...and so sweet to use a photo of your Great Aunt....Such a cute little display...and a beautiful keepsake....awesome inspiration :)

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  41. Love your Great Aunt's photo - such a fun way to embellish it inside the clock!

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  42. /clap! I love how you pay tribute to your family! This is beautiful....

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  43. Lovely way to preserve a special photo, so pretty.

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  44. Oh so pretty! And what a great way to showcase the picture of your Great Aunt! :)

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  45. Sweet! I love the photo of your great aunt too. It is so fun to use old family photos.

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  46. Gorgeous altered clock, love the adorable image showcased in the back and the scene you have set. The wording "special delivery" is perfect. Tracy x

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  47. So lovely. The little child in the nest is really sweet ! X

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  48. This is really sweet Susan! The picture of your Aunt is adorable!

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  49. I actually bought another clock so I can make one like yours. It is fantastic Susan!

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  50. Your clock is so sweet and so is your Great Aunt!

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  51. Susan, love what you did with your clock and your Aunt looks so happy there...what a great pic!

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  52. Susan, that is a perfect way to spotlight a photo. Love it.

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