Friday, 5 August 2016

Shabby Garden Altered Clock

Hello, everyone!
I am here today to share with you my new project I created for our August challenge at Anything But Cute
Our lovely and super talented Lisa is hostessing the challenge and she has chosen the theme 'Shabby Garden Mood Board'.
I was so inspired by beautiful colors of her amazing mood board to alter the clock in shabby style and here is what I came up with.

Now, back to the challenge... This is how Lisa describes her challenge theme:
 For this challenge, we are asking you to take a stroll through a romantic shabby garden. Create any mixed media project strongly inspired by the mood board. Think flowers and plants in cracked pots, peeling paint bird feeders, distressed timeworn furniture, crumbling statues, soft pastels and feminine accessories. Don't forget to tell us how the mood board inspired your project and have fun!

I started with a coat of Decoart black gesso on top of my clock. Then I used my Decoart media Crackle paint in white. To achieve a more weathered shabby look of my clock, I used a sand paper randomly.

I had this resin detail in my stash and I dedided to paint it with teal paint and to use a dry brush technique on top with a white gesso. I glued it down on the top part of the clock.  Also, I painted some chipboard foliage using some of my Decoart chalk finish acrylic paints in soft tones.  That little birdcage I had in my stash and I used my Martha Stewart satin acrylic paint in light pink and some white gesso to achieve a more shabby look. It's attached with a piece of a thin wire. I also attached a piece of hand dyed (Distress stains) seam binding on top of my clock.
To create a bird nest I used some sisal fibres, a feather and a little Prima bird nest embellishment.

This beautiful handmade paper flower is a gift from my dear blog friend Samra. I used a water diluted Finnabair Light patina paint randomly on top of the flower. It really gives some cool effect and I saw this awesome idea at the fantastic and inspirational Pamellia's blog post with video tutorial.

That bird on top is actually a Christmas ornament that I painted in some white pearl color and added some light blue patina accents using the same Finnabair diluted paint.  I added a twig that I found in my yard and I attached it with some of my Prima flowers.

This is it for today. I hope you like my shabby garden altered clock and that I have inspired you to join in our 'Shabby Garden Mood Board' challenge at Anything But Cute with some amazing project of yours!

Here at Anything But Cute we just love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional projects and artists. You just never know when we might be giving out something special to a lucky mixed media newcomer. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Challenge runs until September 4th - we can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments! I read and appreciate each and every one of them!

Hugs! Branka xx



  1. Wow Branka, what an incredible transformation this clock received! I wish I could shrink down and step inside your little garden for a cup of tea (ok, maybe wine) lol. Love the treatment of the clock base, I never would have guessed that you started with black gesso!! Love your birdie and darling little nest of eggs! Gorgeous shabby ribbon, lots of lovely flowers, and a stunning feather... how shabby-licious! You have knocked it out of the park once again my friend! Thanks for the shout out, you are very sweet. sending hugs :)

  2. Stunning project Branka. Have a lovely weekend.
    Julie x

  3. This has such a wonderfully romantic feel to it Branka, it is hard to believe that it started as black because it looks so soft in the pastel colour! The bird on top is beautiful in the pearly white and her tail is gorgeous. The little nest in the centre is just divine and I am in love with the fabulous little birdcage! Love, love your shabby garden creation!! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Just breathtaking, Branka! I love this altered clock and bird, and your bird's nest in the middle is such a unique twist on an altered clock! LOVE that idea, and must steal for my own home decor! Using the crackle paint over the black gesso is a brilliant idea! Big hugs, my friend--you are awesome!

  5. Gorgeous make my friend! Thank you for the shout out :) I am glad that you were able to incorporate my flowers into your project, you still have many more to use LOL!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  6. This is a many splendid design chalk full of shabbyliscious and layers. You created such yummy texture on your clock base and then upped the ante with the beautiful nest and feather. Shabby may not be our style dearie, but you totally NAILED it with this fantabulous altered clock! I love that you used the bird and the twigs from your yard. How genius and fun! Huge Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  7. This is the most amazing altered project I've seen, Branka!! Wow!! I absolutely love what you've done with the clock!! The nest inside is such a perfect touch!! I love that you used a twig from your yard!! The Christmas ornament bird is that you added the feather!! The flowers, the ribbon, the birdcage, the flourishes, everything is perfection!! I absolutely adore this!! It's a shabby chic masterpiece!! Thank you for bringing the mood board to life!! Have a great weekend my sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. I don't just like it! I am in love with it - head over heels! Every single element combines to perfection in this absolutely wonderful altered project. You've really outdone yourself sweetie! Hugs, Autumn

  9. What a fun project Branka - never in my life would have come up with that idea! Very creative! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C: [ATG/ Twist: Create Your Own Challenge]
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  10. There is nothing more that can be said that hasn already been said hun - I love everything about your fab clock garden. Gorgeous hun xThank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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  11. Brank, this is so lovely! Such chic elegance and soft rustic outdoorsy feel too! What a way to capture that theme perfectly! I love it hun, great use for the clock frame. Hugs my lovely xx

  12. Wow.. this is a wonderful project! Fantastic Branka! Thank you very much for joining us at Moo Mania & More with it!
    Happy new week ahead!
    oxo Susi

  13. Oh wow Branka..this is just deliciously vintage and shabby..I adore it.
    What a stunning entry for this months challenge over at Altered Eclectics...x

  14. Back again..this time for Rhedds....
    I can only echo my previous comment Branka..this is just beautiful...
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

  15. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes - definitely SPLENDIDLY DELIGHTFUL Shabbylicious Branka. j.

  16. This is just so pretty and a great take on the mood board! The shabby and cozy look is sure inviting! Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good luck, Rupa DT.

  17. Perfect, gentle shabby chic atmosphere - I now "need" to alter one of those clocks if I ever get back to my craft desk! Beautiful work.
    Alison x

  18. Beautiful birdhouse created from the lovely vintage clock. Love this idea of creating a nest inside the clock.