Hello friends! Adrianne here with you today to show you how you can turn a MDF circle into a mixed media clock. This week's color of the week - Banana - makes a cheerful background to this half floral, half steampunk design that brightens up any space.
Gelatos® work wonderfully on wood surfaces both when applied directly and also mixed with textured mediums. I'm using a combination of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and Gel Medium, tinted with Gelatos, to stencil layers of numbers onto my clock. Metallic Texture Gems™ in Pearl also help this piece to shine!
First, I painted with the Gelatos to get a great watercolor look to the dandelion puff-style flowers. Using Watermelon and Coconut Gelatos, I layered strokes and dots in round designs using a paintbrush.
Next, I colored directly onto the wood with the Banana Gelatos for a vibrant background. I evened the coverage by rubbing it gently with a paper towel. To vary the colors slightly, I added a hint of Mango and Margarita Mix Gelatos in small areas to break up the solid look of the bright yellow.
Next, I added textures! I found that the tube applicator of the Texture Gems works great for dots, but I wanted more control to make straight, small uniform lines. I dipped the edge of a wedge sponge into a dab of the Pearl colored Texture Gems and used the sponge to stamp small lines all around each flower.
Then, I used tinted gels to add textured numbers to the face of the clock. Using your palette knife, cut a small amount off the Gelatos sticks you're going to use. Then, scoop a small amount of Glass Bead Glitter Gel and / or Gel Medium and mix it well with the Gelatos to tint the gel.
Using more Glass Bead Glitter Gel will give you crisper edges when you stencil the numbers on and using Gel Medium will be a little softer and smoother. You can use one, the other or a mix of both to get the look you prefer! Allow the stenciled numbers to dry before layering on other colors and use a combination of large and small numbers for a hint of a steampunk look. You can also paint with Gelatos to get subtle flat numbers that blend into the background.
Finally, drill a 3/8 inch hole in the center of the clock and follow the assembly instructions on the clock kit. Adding clockwork parts is as simple as adding a few washers, the hands and screwing the assembly together!
Note: when choosing a clock kit, it's sized based on the thickness of your clock base. Because my MDF is 3/8" thick, I am using a 3/8" clock kit but a few different sizes are available. Knowing the thickness of your base before buying your clock kit will ensure correct assembly in this final step!
Once the clock parts have been attached, you can just set the time and mount your artwork on the wall! Turning your own art into functional decor gives you a way to show off your style and you've got a one-of-a-kind clock that will catch every visitor's eye.
Thanks for joining me to check out today's project and I hope you're enjoying this week's color, Banana!
Gelatos: Banana, Mango, Coconut, Watermelon, Margarita Mix, Silver Ice, Grape
Texture Gems Metallics: Pearl
Glass Bead Glitter Gel
301 Stencils: Large and Small Numbers
1o-inch MDF Circle (3/8 inch thick)
Clockwork Kit (3/8 sized)