Thursday 6 August 2015

Time Flies. . . . . .

Good morning everyone. It's time for a new challenge at Stamps & Stencils today. Our host is the lovely Yvonne and here's what she has to say:

'Time Flies................ is our new challenge theme. For this challenge we would like to see clocks/ watches/ or any time related element as a focus on your project. Remember we are a mixed media challenge blog and we would like you to include some stamps and stencilling'.

I wanted to use another of my gelli print backgrounds so first I selected one that had a vague link to clocks - well, it has a number of circles on it so I figured that would work for me! Here's the gelli plate print I cut into a tag shape:

I felt the colours needed something else and I wanted to get rid of the white areas so out came the trusty Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide by DecoArt (Media fluid acrylic range) and a layer was added but wiped away in some areas:

I love the way the colours warm up and the white areas change completely.

Next, some stamping to bring the areas of the gelli design together into a more cohesive unit:

I find Archival ink works really well on acrylic paint but it does need a little blast from a heat gun.
Detail shot to show how the stamping just ties things together.

For the time element, a weathered clock and hands is die cut from foam board. A coat of gesso is added followed by a layer of Texture Sand Paste which is roughly applied with a brush.

When dry, the clock is painted with a mixture of Silver and Dark Grey Value 3 Media Fluid Acrylics. I forgot to take a picture of this and the next step sorry! A coat of Quinacridone Gold mixed with a little Carbon Black is then added.

This image shows how the clock and hands look after the coat of quinacridone gold and carbon black. The blue shading in the background has been applied to the gelli print using a pencil to add extra definition.

The hands are layered and 'held' with a tiny black gem.

To continue the 'Time' theme, a well known phrase is added using rub on letters. I really like how these work and I'm looking forward to playing with some printable transfer paper which acts like a rub on.

A faux screw brad is aged with a little colour and applied over the tag hole.

The gelli print was created with DecoArt acrylics and stamps by Stampendous.

The edges of the tag are sponged with a little Carbon Black Media acrylic to frame the piece.

I hope you like my slightly quirky 'Time' based piece! Please do go over and see the wonderful work by the other ladies on the DT.  You'll find them at Stamps & Stencils - you won't be disappointed I promise!

 It's your turn now. Please do try to join in won't you? We have worked hard to develop this blog (after an abrupt ending for us elsewhere!) and we'd love to see you playing along with us from time to time.

Thanks for your visit. x


  1. Love this Julia. your rust looks amazing and your background is fabulous. Hugs Debs xx

  2. Beautiful tag Julia, love to see all layers!

  3. Great background and the textured clock juts fits in well.

  4. This really is fabulous! I love the rich colours! Must say your rusty clock is amazing! Chrisx

  5. Gorgeous tag Julia ! Love the weathered clock and the hands, they could be rusted metal ! Sue C x

  6. A fantastic tag Julia, love the aged, rusty, textures on the clock and the wonderful background layers.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Gorgeous colours Julia and the rusting is super (as always!) A really stunning piece x

  8. Fabulous Tag, Julia!! Very fun and quirky!! I love it!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

  9. Gorgeous tag, gorgeous background, gorgeous design! LOVE the background so much!

  10. Beautiful Julia, amazing gelli background and love how the transparent yellow totally transforms it. Wonderful texture on your clock,thanks for sharing your great tag!

  11. Love that background & the rusty clock...gorgeous tag Julia!
    Alison xxx

  12. Beautiful layering and such an amazing rusted clock face..fantastic work Julia. Ruth x

  13. I've never quite got the gelli thing, I must say - but seeing these posts is making me understand that really those prints may only be the starting point... this is another great journey, with the extra layers adding definition and depth - and the rusty clock is fantastic.
    Alison xx


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