Tuesday, 24 October 2017


Welcome to your DOOM! ... DOOMSDAY CLOCK, that is!

This clock was created using an 8" x 8" canvas, an assortment of fabulous DecoArt Products, Andy Skinner's wonderful stamps from Stampendous, amazing Greyboard embellishments from Tando Creative and other bits of this and that.

Here are the items needed for this project and then we'll get started on how it all came together!

  • Decoart Media Modeling Paste
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermilion
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Silver
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Qujinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Iced Espresso
  • DecoArt Liquid Glass
  • Andy Skinner Stencil - Alphabet Spaghetti
  • Andy Skinner Stamp - Birds and Bones
  • Andy Skinner Stamp - Toxic
  • Andy Skinner Stamp - Industrial
  • Andy Skinner Stamp - Steampunk
  • Tando Creative Clock Faces - Small
  • Tando Creative Gate - Large Wrought Iron
  • Tando Creative Plate, Gears and Cogs from Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements 
Miscellaneous Supplies
  • Palette Knife
  • Craft Mat
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge
  • Paper Towels or items with textured surface
  • Permanent Black Ink
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Small Numerals "13" - in this case, metal
  • Little Metal Hinges
  • Small Brads and Washers (optional)
  • Scrap Piece of Hard Plastic
  • Scrap Chain and Jump Rings
  • Scrap Piece of Black Chipboard
  • Orange and Black Tinsel Garland

Now for the fun part .... CREATING the idea in your head and bringing it to LIFE!

Begin with a black 8" x 8" canvas with thick sides. Lay Andy's Alphabet Spaghetti Stencil over the entire canvas front and wipe DecoArt Media Modeling Paste over the entire surface using a palette knife. Lift the stencil and let the Modeling Paste air dry or gently heat set it. Immediately wash the stencil and the palette knife.

Brush over the entire canvas using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black. Let air dry or gently heat set. You can already see the wonderful texture just from the stencil!

Now it'a all about the layers!  Use a sponge or something that provides random texture and stamping. Add DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Vermilion randomly over the surface of the front and sides of the canvas. Let air dry or gently heat set. 

Next add a little "pop" with another textured item to apply the paint. In this case, used a patterned paper towel and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Diarylide Yellow Paint randomly pressed onto the canvas top and sides. Let air dry or gently heat set.

Yet another layer of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paint! This time Titanium White that is simply randomly wiped over the surface of the canvas to really pop those engraved letters. 

And to bring that orange back out, one more layer of Vermilion randomly added to the surface using the sponge again.  The inset picture is what the canvas will look like at this point.

Now let's introduce another layer with Andy Skinner's peeled paint stamp from his Industrial Stamp Set and Steampunk text from his Steampunk Stamp Set. These are such versatile stamps! I love them and use them a lot on backgrounds. I stamped using Permanent Black Ink followed with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold. Be sure to clean you stamp immediately afterwards!  The gold really pops in the light.

I edged the canvas with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black using my finger.  This really defines the space and "frames" the canvas for the next steps.

Brush all of the Tando Creative Greyboard pieces with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold. Let dry or gently heat set.

To give them more of a sheen and metallic looking surface, use your finger and randomly apply first Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice then the darker Espresso Ice over the Metallic Gold. Notice the difference in this photo when just the lighter Champagne Ice has been added?  Buff out the pieces.

Pat an Embossing Ink Pad over the entire surface of the pieces. Add Clear Embossing Powder over the surface.  Remove the excess powder and heat set until the surface becomes shiny and lifts up a little bit.  Let the pieces cool down before the next step.

Using Andy's peeled paint stamp again, randomly stamp the image over all of the clear embossed pieces using Black Permanent Ink.  Gently heat set.

Also add a little shadowing and "age" to the pieces using your finger and gently wiping DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black over the surfaces and around the edges to better define them.  Glue the "13" in place using DecoArt Liquid Glass.

Measure down about 2 1/4" from the top of the canvas and attach a metal hinge on each side of the canvas.  These will hold the Tando Creative Wrought Iron Gate in place so that it can swing open and shut. I temporarily attached the gates with Double Sided Tape but then hot glued them permanently in place. (The Wrought Iron Gate is one piece so it also have to be cut up the middle to allow for two gates).

I computer generated the word "DOOMSDAY" to fit inside of the "metal" plate. Then I glued it in place using DecoArt Liquid Glass.  Next I filled the center of the plate with the Liquid Glass which dries clear, leaving an old window appearance over the word. The plate and bolts were left over pieces from Andy Skinner's Industrial Elements set.

Stamp the skeleton and the words "TOXIC and CAUTION and the Hazard Sign onto a piece of White Stamping Paper using Black Permanent Ink. I stamped the words again and the skeleton arms and head twice. I used the extra heads on the skeleton's chains. The arms were cut so that I could joint them onto the body and the words were used to make danger signs for the inside and outside of the gates. Next I patted them completely with the Embossing Ink Pad, sprinkled them with Clear Embossing Powder and gently heat set them to make them shiny and more sturdy.

Now for the clock "guts" for the reverse side of the canvas!  I first painted each of these gears with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold, followed by random additions of Metallic Silver, then Quinacridone Gold for a rusty look followed by Cobalt Teal Hue for a bit of a patina look.  Finally, I edged them all with Carbon Black using my finger for a bit more depth and "age".

The were arranged onto a piece of clear sturdy plastic and glued in place using DecoArt Liquid Glass.  It dries clear!  Next I attached the plastic piece onto the back side of the canvas using DecoArt Liquid Glass.

I added a piece of orange and black tinsel garland around the perimeter of the plastic to finish off the back of the clock. 

I jointed the skeleton's arms to the body so that they could move as clock hands would move. Next I added Jump Rings and chains to his arms.  On the bottom jump rings, I attached the stamped skeleton heads. You can see those in the final pictures.  Notice how the "DOOMSDAY" window dried clear in the plate? Love that Liquid Glass!

The words were cut out and added to a piece of black chipboard. They were glued in place using DecoArt Liquid Glass. Here is the finished clock with the gates closed.

And here is is with the gates open!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope this has inspired you to do some last minute holiday creating!  SO MUCH FUN with these outstanding products! 

Happy Halloween Everyone!

About the Artist:  Candy Colwell
Blog: http://candycreates.blogspot.com
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  1. Hmmm - hey Candy... could you just drill a screw in the chains on his arms... then there will never be a doomsday.... no clock movement... RIGHT???!!!! Oh my... just FABULOUS FREAKY. What a great step by step to such awesome creativity. Soooo INCREDIBLE. Xj.

  2. Love this! What an incredible project. Great tutorial on how you created this. Thanks!

  3. Wow, wow Candy - you are a genius with DecoArt in your hands! The clock is fabulous, so much wonderful texture and colour. I just love the skeleton in chains for hands and the colours on the reverse 'guts' is superb!!! x

  4. Oh my goodness Candy, that background is just amazing!!!! (as is the rest!). Such an incredible project and so many wonderful techniques (I have this pinned for the step by steps !). Fabulous! Jennie x

  5. Beautiful Mixed Media piece! Love the layers of colors,stamping and embossing to create the gorgeous layers of textures and colors to create this awesome art piece!! Love it!

  6. OMG, I just love this! So creative, Candy.

  7. WOW, this piece is stunning! You always create the coolest things. Love all the textures, layers and details. Simply great, Candy!!!

  8. I really like this project, as I love decoart products but I find it a pity not to find anything in France of this brand, and abroad the only stores that sell it have prices of exorbitant deliveries. but it's still a pleasure to be able to follow you.

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  11. Great drawing and painting. Nice photoshoot. Thanks

  12. Hi, Candy Colwell, Great project here. and all are tutorial very nice. Thanks
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