Time To Move Forward

Today in the U.K. it’s the start of British Summertime and the clocks move forward. This inspired me to alter one of the children’s building blocks (The Altered Element Upcycle Challenge) with a time theme.

My starting point was to prep the cube by sanding and then a layer of Gesso. Then Lumiere Metallic Rust and Golden Glass Bead Gel.

For “T” I stamped Temptress onto a glass circle, dripped Alcohol Inks on the rear and adhered the image to a piece of cardstock sprayed with Adirondack Colourwash spray. German Scrap, dressmakers snaps and watch parts (dismantled a watch myself) were coloured with Alcohol Inks.

Again you can see repeats of the snaps and German Scrap. I noticed, after colouring German Scrap with caramel and terracotta Alcohol Inks, turn over and it gives a rusty look – perfect.

“M” is Temptress stamped in the same manner as for “T”. This time I distorted her image slightly by smudging. This was in homage to Dali and his melting clocks!

I smudged Alcohol Ink onto the watch face and added pieces of mica.

This is the view looking down. By using silicone glue it enabled me to build layers and have pieces suspended.


Children’s Building Block

Adirondack Colourwash Sprays – Espresso and Butterscotch

Alcohol Inks – Caramel, Espresso and Terracotta

Golden Glass Bead Gel

Gold marker pen

Vintage key

Watch (dismantle or purchase watch parts)



Lumiere Metallic Rust

Epoxy alphabet stickers

2 glass circles

Dressmakers Snaps

German Scrap

“Temptress” Stampington & co

Staz-on Timber Brown

Glues – silicone glue, UHU.

Two more altered blocks will follow over the coming weeks.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crafty Dawn
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 13:23:05

    Well I love the dress snaps cool use of those! I was tempted to get some of those watch faces but I think I may just have to now lol as always fab work hun

    Love Dawn xx


  2. Hazel
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 15:19:08

    Wow Lynne! This is wonderful, it makes me want to pick it up and explore all the different textures.
    xxx Hazel.


  3. cockney blonde
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 15:34:57

    A beautiful piece of work and must have taken ages to do. Lovely, x


  4. alcoholinky
    Mar 28, 2010 @ 17:16:42

    I think you must have had a fab time making these Lynne. they’re great fun!


  5. Cath
    Mar 29, 2010 @ 09:07:58

    That really is fab, Lynne – love those colours and I always love Time themed pieces.


  6. Judith Grant
    Mar 29, 2010 @ 17:10:46

    wow this is an amazing piece -very cleverly done 🙂


  7. debbiek
    Mar 29, 2010 @ 17:36:09

    Very interesting, just love the colors you used!


  8. Penny
    Mar 30, 2010 @ 20:17:26

    Love what you’re posting with your altered pieces – both these steampunk looking blocks and the fabulous bird brain! They look like you had fun creating them!!


  9. Chris
    Mar 30, 2010 @ 20:19:19

    Oh my, Lynne, what a fabulous piece of artwork this is. I love everything about it.


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