Hello friends! I hope you had a good weekend and that you managed to get some creative time. It is Monday again and we have a new fun theme at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog, Based on a Book.
Don't miss the last project from our fabulous February guest designer Nicola, from Paper Profusion.
I am an avid reader and there has probably never been a time since I learnt how to read when I haven't been busy with a book. I read a wide range of books, and one of my long-time favorites is Stephen King, and in particular, his Dark Tower series. Since the Dark Tower movie is coming later this year, I thought this was a good time for another re-read of the books. The movie, if I understand correctly, will be a kind of sequel to the books.
If you have read the Dark Tower books, you'll see that everything I used on this altered Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock is related to the story. Since time plays a very important part in the story, I thought an altered clock was a fun idea. A stamp of the Tower of London serves the role of the Dark Tower itself, and there are of course a lot of roses. The clock also comes with a Dark Tower themed necklace and a bracelet.
The clock was colored with alcohol inks, going over it several times to get the shade I wanted. As a final layer, I added Gold Mixative, which gives a great look to the finish.
Here's a better look at the metallic surface.
I cut a circle from mixed media paper and stamped it with stamps fitting the theme. New York has an important part in the story, so I had to use a New York stamp, it also doubles as the city of Lud. There is also a train track, arrows, clocks and compasses (some stamped upside down on purpose), specks and cracks. The cracks are there because of the cracks appearing in time and place.
I inked the background with Distress Inks and then added more colour with a craft nib and Distress Ink and with Distress Markers.
Upside down clocks and the arms of the compass no longer face the right way.
I stamped and coloured the tower in the same way and then adhered it with three layers of foam tape, for dimension.
The Heirloom Roses were coloured with alcohol ink and glued to the background.
If you drip the ink right onto the roses, some of it collects in the grooves, giving them a cool look.
The number 19 is pretty significant in the Dark Tower story and just had to be included here. I used Letterpress Letters to make it really stand out and painted them white. After painting, they were sanded.
The Assemblage Clock is pretty deep and I wanted the numbers to be closer to the glass, so I glued them together and backed them with a piece of foam.
Finally, I made a whole bunch of flowers using the Tattered Pinecone die and red kraft-core cardstock. Two of the roses were glued underneath the tower. This is the finished inside panel, now also glued to the metallic back piece.
The roses were sanded slightly and I added Rock Candy Distress Stickles too them.
I also added some rub-on words to the background, and a couple of sprocket gears.
If you have read the books, you know what ka means. It's kind of like destiny, but a little more than that. I also like that it happens to be the main letters of my name backwards. :) The label letters were adhered to a charm and I coated them with a thick layer of Glossy Accents.
I decided to also make a little pocket watch necklace. The clock face was stamped on a circle index label and cut out. I repeated the number 19, and added a lose game spinner as a clock arm (which can go any which way). There are also some mica flakes and five seed beads (for the five members of the ka-tet in the story - I am a bit of a Dark Tower nerd as you might gather :).
There is also a simple compass bracelet. I might add some beads and stuff to this later on.
The watch and the bracelet can hang around the clock.
Here's the bracelet.
And another look at the alcohol ink finish, meant to look old and worn-down.
I love quotes and there are a lot of quotes from the Dark Tower books that I like, and this is one of them. This one comes from Wolves of the Calla. I printed it on my computer and cut the strip into a banner shape. The roses were glued to the clock itself, making sure, that it was still possible to close the clock up.
Here's a better look at the field of roses.
This is not my first Dark Tower themed project. For more inspiration, you can find an art journal page here, and an Unfound Door Canvas here.
I really hope you will join us in our Based on a Book challenge. As every week, you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.
Thank you so much for visiting today!