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Leap of Faith Mixed Media Clock

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Leap of Faith Mixed Media Clock
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Leap of Faith Mixed Media Clock

designed by Rita Barakat

Get some timely inspiration from this mixed media piece made from an old clock.

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DecoArt Media® Fluid Acrylics

  • Burnt Umber (DMFA03)
  • Cadmium Orange Hue (DMFA15)
  • Cadmium Red Hue (DMFA04)
  • Carbon Black (DMFA05)
  • Cobalt Teal Hue (DMFA10)
  • Gold (Metallic) (DMFA49)

DecoArt Media® Specialty Products

  • Black Gesso (DMM19)
  • White Crackle Paint (DMM15)
  • White Gesso (DMM18)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • paper towels
  • painter's tape
  • #3 round brush
  • liner brush
  • cardboard
  • 1/4" flat brush
  • toothpicks
  • cosmetic sponge
  • cardstock (light brown)
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • watercolor paper
  • cotton tip swab
  • clock (flea market find)
  • permanent marker
  • embellishments of choice
  • 3D flowers
  • E6000 Glue
  • foam square
  • chipboard shape (clock)
  • adhesive-backed paper (textured with beads)
  • dictionary pages (or pages from other type of book)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Cover the clock with Black Gesso, using a sponge or soft bristle brush to avoid leaving streaks in the Gesso.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Take the back off the clock and use it as a template. Tear six pieces of the dictionary or book pages in a rough circle, each smaller than the previous one. (Pencil it out first on a thinner paper. It also helps to wet the lines with water so it is easier to tear.) For the center, cut a piece of textured adhesive-backed paper to fit the remaining center circle. Adhere the textured paper and then adhere the circle paper using foam squares for added dimension.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Paint one of the roses in Cadmium Red Hue.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Pour a little Carbon Black, Gold (Metallic), Cobalt Teal Hue, and Burnt Umber onto a palette or plastic plate. (Don't mix them.) Use a soft sponge to dab it in the paint and onto the chipboard clock shape.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Add a strip of scrapbook paper to match, as desired. Use foam squares to keep the strip even. Use E6000 Glue to adhere the flowers into place.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a cosmetic sponge to dab on Crackle Paint to the outside of the clock. Set aside to dry.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Draw a simple girl on watercolor paper. (If needed, print out a public domain image to use.) Paint the dress and hair in Cobalt Teal Hue; the apron with White Gesso; and the shoes in Cadmium Red Hue. Mix White Gesso with Cadmium Orange Hue, Cadmium Red Hue, and Burnt Umber until the desired skin tone is achieved. Cut out.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Free-hand the signs onto light brown cardstock and cut out. Use watered-down Burnt Umber and a liner brush to draw wavy lines to mimic wood. Free-hand lettering of your choice onto the signs. Using E6000 Glue, adhere the signs onto a toothpick. Cut out a piece of cardboard the same size as the signs for the backing of the signs.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Wrap painter's tape around the bells. Using White Gesso, paint the squares, creating a checkerboard pattern. (Paint away from the tape so the Gesso does not seep under.) While the Gesso is still wet, remove the tape carefully.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Adhere all pieces into place using E6000 Glue. (Refer to final photo for placement.) If you don't want a glass front on the piece, remove it before adhering in the pieces. Glue the pieces to each other as well as to the clock. Use foam squares to provide support and various depths. Use a cotton swab to add Gold (Metallic) to one sign.
    Step 9 Example