Project:  Dazzling Rose Clock

Created by Carol O’Connor-Eisenberg, Helping Artist

Carol O’Connor-Eisenberg is a Michigan native, currently residing on Long Island, NY with her husband, Irv. She developed an interest in artsy-craftsy projects in early childhood and continued with various forms of art as a “safety valve” throughout her professional career in corporate management. She began decorative painting after she retired, and started teaching soon after. Although she continues to develop her knowledge and experience as an artist, Carol still enjoys the fun and whimsy of “paint, paper and paste” from her early years.

This romantic design features roses and roman numerals, decoupaged onto a round surface in a soft, vintage style that becomes a functional piece of wall decor with the addition of a clock mechanism.

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DAO6 Pineapple
  • DAO31 Baby Pink

Dazzling Metallics

  • DA074 Royal Ruby

Americana Mediums

  • DS106 Decou-Page Matte

Sealers / Finishes

  • DS17 Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • DAS12 Gloss Spray Sealer
  • DAS13 Matte Spray Sealer

Additional supplies

Surfaces

Supplies

  • “Clock Floriste Collage Paper” (available at Patricia Rawlinson’s Creative Arts Lifestyle)
  • 12″x12″ sheet of Recollections #218990 “Yellow Rose” scrapbook paper (available at Michaels Craft Stores)
  • 1.5″ x 2″ Fleur de lis stamp by Studio G (available at Michaels Craft Stores)
  • 1″ flat brush
  • #6 flat brush
  • 1″ foam brush
  • small sea sponge
  • craft knife
  • compass
  • scissors
  • water container
  • palette pad or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • brayer (or hard, flat surface such as an old credit card)
  • clock mechanism with black hands (available at Michaels Craft Stores)
  • 1.5″ Fleur de lis stencil (optional)
  • stencil brush or dauber (optional)

Instructions

  1. Use 1″ flat brush and Multi-Purpose Sealer to coat all sides of clock surface. Allow to dry.
  2. Use 1″ flat brush to base coat front and sides of clock surface with Baby Pink. Let dry. Apply a second coat if needed to give solid coverage.
  3. Lightly spray surface of scrapbook paper and collage paper two or three times with matte spray sealer, allowing to dry between coats. Flip each over and spray the other sides the same way. (This will help prevent creases and bubbles when you decoupage to surface.)
  4. Cut out the large clock number circle from the collage paper, both outside and inside.
  5. Place the clock number circle on top of the scrapbook paper so that the center circle shows the red rose, somewhat off-center to the right, to allow room for stamping on the left of the rose. Lightly trace the inside circle onto the scrapbook paper with a pencil. This will be your guide for applying the clock face later.
  6. Remove the clock number circle and set aside. Using a compass, draw a second circle on the scrapbook paper, one inch larger all around than the first circle. Cut out around the larger circle.
  7. Using the foam brush, apply a generous layer of Decou-Page on the back of the scrapbook paper circle. Center the scrapbook cut-out and apply to the clock face. Using a brayer (or the edge of an old credit card), smooth cut-out from the center out, removing any bubbles or creases and squeezing out any excess Decou-Page. Smooth paper edges down securely. Remove excess medium with a damp paper towel. Allow to dry at least 20 minutes.
  8. Once dry, load sea sponge with Pineapple and tap off on palette. Lightly tap over the Baby Pink paint around the outside edges up to the scrapbook paper circle, allowing much of the Pineapple to remain visible. Don’t worry about getting a little onto the edge of the scrapbook paper since the edges between the paint and the paper will be covered by the clock numbers.
  9. Clean sea sponge by squeezing into a paper towel several times, removing as much of the the Baby Pink as you can. Sponge need not be completely clean. Load sponge with Ruby Red, tap off onto palette, and lightly sponge over the same area again allowing both Pineapple and Baby Pink colors to show through. Apply Ruby Red more heavily along the outside edge of the clock face. Allow to dry.
  10. Apply a generous coat of Decou-Page to the back of the clock number circle. Apply to the center of the clock surface, using your pencil guideline and making sure that the 12 o’clock number is at the top in relationship to the rose. Again smooth all the way around from the middle to the outsides, removing any bubbles or creases. Wipe away any excess medium and allow to dry at least 20 minutes.
  11. Using #6 flat brush, apply a thin layer of Ruby Red to the surface of one stamp and apply to inner circle to the left of the red rose, at an angle. Repeat with the second stamp. Dry. Alternately, you could use a similar-sized stencil and a dauber or stencil brush to apply a fleur de lis motif.
  12. Apply a final coat of Decou-Page medium over the entire surface of clock face. Allow to dry overnight.
  13. Spray surface with gloss spray sealer. Allow to dry and apply a second coat. This will help eliminate any stickyness from the Decou-page.
  14. Assemble and affix clock mechanism.

Helpful hints

Clock may be hung on the wall or set into a free-standing frame for display on a table top.