Sunday, October 11, 2015

5 for 5 Halloween Day 1 - PAINT

Welcome to Day 1 of our 5 for 5 Halloween event! This is where 5 designers create 5 Halloween projects over the next 5 days... with a new theme each day. Today's theme is PAINT so we were challenged to use paint paint and more paint in our projects.

I'm so excited to share this project today! I finally altered a clock (I've been wanting to for years!) and I just love the outcome.

It's not enough to say that I love it! And I'm officially hooked on creating altered clocks :) It's already found a spot on my fireplace mantle :)

Here are a few steps on how I created my Wicked clock...

The first and most important step is to GESSO the entire clock! Gesso will allow the paint to stick without peeling off the metal. I painted the outside of the clock with Distress Paint in Hickory Smoke. The inside of the clock was painted with Distress Paint in Twisted Citron.

I then decoupaged the inside back with some DCWV - Spooky Delight paper and smeared on some more Twisted Citron to help it blend better.

Next step... I got a little carried away with some Mica Flakes! I wanted to make the back look like a starry night sky. The mica flakes add cool texture and also a subtle shine. 

I added the moon from Tim Holtz's "Frightful" ephemera pack and some star sequins throughout the back. I think the key to the altered clocks is to LAYER and work from the back to the front!

Annnnnnd then this is the point where I got carried away and forgot to take more photos of the process!

Easily my favorite part of the clock is the super spooky trick-or-treater. Google 'vintage halloween' and browse the image section... there are all sorts of awesome pictures of vintage costumes! I printed this one out of photo paper and added some color with Distress Paint in Dried Marigold. You can also see I added some streaks of Dried Marigold paint to the outside of the clock, the moon, and my skulls.

The bottom inside of the clock has a layer of black spider web cotton stuff you can find at craft stores. I added a little skeleton and pumpkin from the 'Frightful' ephemera pack to the back. The little skulls I found from Target :)

To finish it off, I hot glued some black lace ribbon (from May Arts) around the edge. I painted the 'Wicked' in Antique Linen and Twisted Citron Distress Paints and also added the 'fright' charm hanging off the top.

Thanks for stopping in for Day 1 of our Halloween event! Make sure to stop back tomorrow for more spooky inspiration!

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  1. Wow! I can imagine you got carried away. Love the mica flakes background and the colors you used. Great project!

  2. WOW! Rachel, this is so cool. Love your attention to the details. It all works together so well.

  3. Wicked cool clock! Love all the details!! Your mantle looks awesome!

  4. Love your clock!! Love the twisted citron ... it just glows!!

  5. How cute is that love the hickory smoke and the twisted citron combo ... fabulous ... use of lace and bone yard ... LOVE IT !

  6. Just the right combination of spooky and downright disturbing!!! LOL... You are amazing!!!
    <3 J

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  7. Love the clock, they are one of my favorite items to alter. Have fun! Thank you for sharing all your tips.