Monday, 14 January 2013

DT Project #1 featuring The MDF Man (posted by Lesley)

Hi lovely Snazzy visitors and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Today it's my turn to show my first Snazzy's project for this brand new year.  As Gillian said in her post last week this kit certainly got the 'cogs' grinding but I have to say it's been great fun.  If you love messing about with paints, inks, pastes, stamps, stencils ...... etc., etc., to alter things, this is the kit for you and if you leave a comment HERE on Gillian's post you are in with a chance of winning a prize in the random comment draw.


I decided to make a clock using the largest solid gear in the kit and I started with a layer of gesso over the whole piece.  I added some texture paste through a stencil (Snazzy's have a great selection) on one area and left it overnight to set before covering it all with darkish blue and green acrylic paints.  I followed this with crackle paste over the large area that didn't have any texture paste on, dried it and then painted with a light colour acrylic paint.


I used a selection of blues, greens and lilac/purple Fresco Finish paints because they are the ones I have the most choice of colours in but Snazzy's have a wonderful selection of good quality acrylic paints in stock too.  I began building up layers of colour, drying with the heat gun between layers until I was happy with the result.  


I then started building up a stamped background using Archival inks in Black and Coffee with a mixture of  timepiece stamps from Chocolate Baroque and one from our Kaisercraft kit back in November 2011 (crikey, didn't realise it was that long ago) , plus a text stamp from Chocolate Baroque.  I topped these off with dabbing some blue acrylic paint through another Crafter's Workshop stencil.


I then began highlighting the texture paste area and the edges of the gear with Treasure Gold.  I cut the weathered clock with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix die, adhered it to my project and then fitted the clock mechanism.  Finally,  I decided to edge the whole thing with black acrylic paint which did take quite a while to do as I had to be very careful.  I had visions on splodging it onto the front and ruining the whole thing right at the last minute, lol!


Finally, I took a few pieces of Ideology, gave them a bit of Treasure Gold treatment and added them to my project.


I hope you like my first project of the year and I'm aiming to come back with another project later this week if possible.  If I don't make it though, our lovely Minxy will be here next week and I know she has a couple of things up her sleeve for you all.



26 comments:

Gillian .... said...

BEAUTIFUL Lesley, love the blending of colours and inspired use of the weathered clock die. The Treasure Gold on the textural areas finishes off the project beautifully. xx

Patricia said...

Its really lovely. X

Minxy said...

Wonderful project, love all the colour and texture x {it would appear we had the same idea.. you'll see what I mean when it's my turn to blog lol} xx

inkypinkycraft said...

Looks great love the layers of colour and texture ! Trace x

Suzi B said...

Great clock Lesley... I must invest in some texture paste ...it's something I've never used but always like the effects when I see it on others work... as yours here
Suzi B xx

Helen said...

This is really fabulous, I love the soft colours you chose for the cog, and it all looks wonderful.

Myrta_R_Harris said...

Absolutely STUNNING! The texture is amazing as was your choice of colours!

Paula Whittaker said...

Super project!

Redanne said...

What a fabulous clock, love the background, the colours, the cog shape - everything really. Gorgeous make. Anne x

isisimaginings.com said...

Terrific projects, great idea to add the texture paste & the colours are fab.

Astrid Maclean said...

Fantastic project Leslie, totally love the effects of the paint and the crackle and all the textures! Stunning!! The little highlight of the treasure gold just finish it off perfectly!!

Aquarius said...

This is amazing and a much more attractive clock than you'd buy in the shops - just love it.

Beryl said...

This is fabulous Lesley. I've got some clocks to make up so have book marked this page so I can come back for inspiration when I start.
Beryl xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow this is stunning Lesley, the colours are gorgeous and the cog looks great with the Tim Holtz die clock. I have several clock mechanisms waiting to be made up, and seeing this one has spurred me on.

Sue x

Pat Beaumont said...

Great project - love the colours

Berdien said...

Wow, love this project !!!! Great job !
Best regards Berdien

snazzyoriginal said...

Such a fabulous blend of colours and textures xx

Netty said...

wow its a fabulous clock Lesley, loving it. Annette x

butterfly said...

That's stunning Lesley... the texture paste through the clocks is just wonderful with all that beautifully blended paintyness; and I love the book text and crackle in the background too - great inspiration, thank you!
Alison x

Rebecca said...

Super, love the colours
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Rea' said...

Awesome projects, looks like you girls are having great time with challenges !

Suzanne C said...

Geartastic! Love the beautiful background with the muted hues of colors and touches of gold clocks. Beautiful!

Craftychris said...

Fabulous clock, I so love the background - gorgeous! xx

Ann Russell said...

Gorgeous project - fabuous texture, love it!!
Ann xx

Maryann said...

This is so beautiful, I just love to make clocks myself, and I love blue, so this is just perfect in my eyes. I so love, what you´ve done here hun.

whyducks said...

Love this!