Compendium of Curiosities 3 ~ Challenge #10

Welcome to our 10th challenge celebrating Tim Holtz’s book, the Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 3.  The new theme has us working with Tim's Assemblage Clock.

Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and there are fabulous prizes available from Tim and Mario as well. You can find the rules and FAQs at Linda’s site. One thing we do ask is that you not post tutorials on this technique, as we’d like to encourage people to get their own copy of the book.

CC3C#10 - Marjie Kemper

I was stuck for several weeks thinking about what I'd like to do with my clock.  When that happens, you finally just have to start, right?  Well, first you can go to Pinterest for ideas… as one does!

I knew I wanted to use Distress Paints so I started applying several coats of Gesso to the clock to prime it.  Sadly, I knocked the clock off my table at that point and quickly realized the glass was real… as it shattered at once.  In a way, that became a happy accident because I realized my components could now pop out dimensionally.

CC3C#10H - Marjie Kemper

I really liked the feather in the her cap but it wouldn't fit inside the clock, so I did some trimming. I think the feather in her cap led me to the idea of giving her a wing instead. The gal is a Deep Red stamp. I added Tim's Weathered Clock die to my backing along with some stenciling.  (Ignore that winged clock – I was going to use it on shrink plastic but went with other clocks instead).

CC3C#10I - Marjie Kemper

I cut apart the stamp (Stampers Anonymous) wings and colored one with Distress Inks before attaching it to my gal.

CC3C#10A - Marjie Kemper

I had the most fun making the bouquet of feathers colored with a mix of Distress Paints, Distress Inks, and Archival Inks plus stencils. I used the Tiny Attacher to hold them all in place and then added a stenciled gear and brad to hide the staples.

CC3C#10B - Marjie Kemper

The glass bottle is colored with Alcohol Inks and I wrapped it with metal wire so I could dangle one of the shrink plastic clock charms. I colored the charms with Archival Inks before heating them, and then used a black Sharpie (marker) to finish the edges.

CC3C#10C - Marjie Kemper

Another shrink plastic charm dangles from the wing, and I've added a bit of Idea-ology gears and clock parts to accent the gal.

CC3C#10F - Marjie Kemper

I had an epiphany while shrinking the plastic, and it led me to create a quick video showing the idea.  You can watch it on Youtube here: “Shrink Plastic – A Quick Tip” or click on the video here in the post:

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  1. Chary on September 13, 2014 at 1:35 am

    I love the feather plume!! the colors are amazing.

  2. Kimberly C on September 13, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Love your bright and vibrant clock. The feathers are beautiful and love the charm idea and tip.

  3. Ruby Craft on September 13, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Love the feather bouquet and the shrink plastic tip. I haven’t used a heat gun to shrink the plastic before so I’ll be sure to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Lisa S on September 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Great advice about Pinterest Marjie. ;) I love this and the feathers are so cool.

  5. kim on September 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Gorgeous colors and texture! I really love it all! Your steampunky girl is amazing. Always in awe of your color and texture! Thanks so much!~kim

  6. Deb Lorence on September 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This is so creative Marjie! Love the bouquet of feathers!

  7. Anchal Sapra on September 12, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Wow! This is Amazing the colours are vibrant!

  8. Denise Shepherd on September 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    I just love what you did with the tuck tick.


  9. Antonia on September 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Fabulous Marjie! Love the image and the fabulous feathered bouquet ! X

  10. Laurie Y on September 12, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    The feather bouquet is so pretty, I love the color pallate. Beautiful job. My glass went AWOL, but i didn’t find that I needed it either.

  11. Tracy Evans on September 12, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Fantastic Marjie, love the tip with the shrink plastic, thank you. I adore the colour of your clock, so vibrant and eye cathching and the image is absolutely gorgeous. The feathers on the top are the icing on the cake. Tracy x

  12. Lisa H on September 12, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Your clock has a very dreamy feel to it – I love it! (those colors are fab!) You can also use your Melting Pot to shrink your charms too. No flying around! Only good for smaller cut outs though.

  13. Danielle L. on September 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Delightful clock… loving the scrumptious color you painted it and how you brought all of the pieces together to create such a fun piece of artwork!

  14. Katy L on September 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Awesome colours and loving those feathers! Dramatic!

  15. Kim Young on September 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I am just loving the color! and the feather bouquet fascinates me. Great inspiration…

  16. penny4thoughts on September 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Love the feather bouquet – so striking! Great tip with the masking tape roll; really kept your shrink plastic corralled nicely!

  17. Jan Smith on September 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Oh Marjie…loving your unique altered clock!! …So cool …the colours, details and Love the feather bouquet …awesome inspiration :)

  18. Lyn Coogan on September 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    What beautiful colours and shapes. A really unusual take on the clock.

  19. Julie lavalette on September 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Such a creative design, love the feathers.
    Julie x

  20. Kay Mitchell on September 10, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Marjie, what a BEAUTIFUL blogsite and connections to your other endevors! The clock is a great way to use a variety of items we all have collected, thanks so much!

  21. Vic's Creations on September 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Love the rainbow of colors and your feathers! Such beautiful colors and there is so much texture and things to look at! Tickles my imagination!

  22. Emily Barker on September 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Your feathers and butterfly are so pretty! What a different look for this clock! I like it!

  23. Ruth on September 8, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    How different and so you, love the feathers, brilliant! Ruth x

  24. Janna Gay on September 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Fantastic, love her haughty look ! Great colours, feathers are so cool !

  25. Karen Garrard on September 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Marjie, such a wonderful clock. Love the lady and amazing feathers. Karen.x

  26. Judy on September 7, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Wow, love your work. Gorgeous colors used in your project. Each detail is fabulous from the feather, the bottle, the lady stamp. Love it all.

  27. Sandi Parrott on September 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I really love the feathers and especially the steampunk lady. The blue is so vibrant and really makes the piece stand out.

  28. Brenda Brown on September 5, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I love this Marjie, such a fun alteration and your bouquet of feathers is amazing and adorable.
    hugs Brenda xx

  29. IVETTE on September 4, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Marjie, I can spot your style right. It’s one of a kind, your colors are so crispy to the eye. Love it all! I’m a huge fan!

  30. Rosann aka Rea' on September 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    OMG, this is amazing, I like the feather colors and prints in them, the bottle is way cool. Love the color of your clock… such amazing detail in the finish ! Great tip for shrink plastic “cage” !

  31. Annette Green on September 4, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Awesome clock, Marjie. Those feathers are amazing on top like that. And thanks of the helpful tip about the shrink plastic. I usually bake mine in the oven, but this is way faster!

  32. Cim Allen on September 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    WOW .. your project is A-MAZING !! The colors, the lady with the wing, the feathers .. there really isn’t a part that I don’t love. Thanks for the video !

  33. Terry on September 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    GF, I love your unique and artsy take on the Assembly Clock! So cool are all the details and the feathered topping is fabulous! I usually bake my shrink plastic or when I do punch, use a metal skewer in the center to hold in place. They do escape quickly and will remember the masking tape! Hugs!

  34. Kay Wallace on September 2, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Love your “dream again” altered clock, Marjie! Smashing art! I also caught your quick video on Facebook and have filed that away for when I next work with shrink wrap! Excellent tip!

  35. kathy/NorthCarolina on September 2, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I will use your tip when I’m drying my flowers, too, Marjie! Genius! Love the clock…the sentiment, the colors and the amazing gears and clocks. It’s wonderful!

  36. Kerstin F. on September 1, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Wow. Great idea, such great elements combined together.

  37. Velvet on September 1, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Her steampunk vibe is great — and I love the color!

  38. Carolyn Dube on September 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

    What a clock! Reminded me of some video games watching it go round and round in the stamp corral! Great tip about the tape too!

  39. Danie May on September 1, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Wow Marjie what a fabulous assemblage project, I love the amount of color you have managed to get into this one piece. Thanks so much for joining us at Unruly PaperArts this month. Danie xx

  40. Valerie-Jael on September 1, 2014 at 2:37 am

    This is a fun piece, love the colours you have used, too. Valerie

  41. Sharon Young on August 31, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Amazing color choice! The feathers are a wonderful addition. Thanks.

  42. [email protected] Diller on August 31, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    fabulous steampunk clock. love the details and thanks for sharing you tip about the shrink plastic.

  43. Lisa Leavitt-JuJu Crafts on August 31, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Fantastic use of colors! esp. for a steampunk piece.

  44. Jess on August 31, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Wow! A stunner for sure!

  45. butterfly on August 31, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Just amazing, Marjie – those feathers are stunning. Glorious altered clock – love, love it!
    Alison xx

  46. Rhea on August 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Your use of color is just amazing! Those feathers are great too. Lovely project.

  47. Carol in NW Ohio on August 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Never thought to use gesso. I would have made painting SOOOO much easier! Oh well, live and learn.

    I love the colors you used… and thanks for the heads up about that being real glass. I was extra careful with mine after I read your blog! ‘Cause for seure, I would have knocked mine over and broken it too!

  48. Clare on August 31, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Stunning project. Thanks for joining us at unruly PaperArts.

  49. 2amscrapper on August 31, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    so creative!! Thanks for sharing this at UPA. Helene, UPA columnist.

  50. Pam Weiler on August 31, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I love this challenge. All of the clocks are amazing. Each one is unique and beautiful. I love how you created your feathers. Very cool piece!

  51. nanou49 on August 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Your clock is a beautiful work of art
    thank for video!

  52. Lisa M/Studio Rose on August 31, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Wonderful clock, and it looks even better when you show it in the video. Great color scheme and I like all the work you put into those feathers! Did you use a stencil on the painted part of the clock? It looks amazing, like it’s under water!

  53. Cathy Parlitsis on August 31, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Beautiful work on those feathers! They’re really gorgeous! Your clock is a beautiful work of art!

  54. Shari T on August 31, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Lovely Assemblage Clock, Marjie!! I totally said “OH No” when you said the glass broke :( I hate that when that happens! :) (I’ve taken my glass front out and have wrapped in bubble wrap for now!) :) I love the little bottle with all of those colorful feathers! This is so pretty and interactive, too-Look at all of the fun things to touch :) OH–LOVE your video hint on handling that unruly, fly-away shrink plastic (sounds like I’m talking about hair!)–Do you have unmanageable & unruly fly-away shrink plastic? Try Marjie’s solution… :) LOL :) Fabulous CC3 #10 creation. I’m not feeling so intimidated anymore! Thank you so much for your wonderful inspiration! XOXO-Shari t.

  55. Veronica tovar on August 30, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Great project Marjie. I love it.

  56. Dagmar on August 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    What fantstaic colours and a great idea with the feathers!!!! A genuine work of art! Hugs, Dagmar

  57. Cheryl Grigsby on August 30, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Fabulous steampunk clock, Marjie! Not only did you alter the clock, you altered everything you put on and inside it. LUV the feathers on top!

  58. Julia Aston on August 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Wow Marjie – your clock is ready to take flight! love the feathers on top (way over the top!!) and your winged Miss inside – the bottle is so fun – great colors on this! I’m going to take a peek at your video now!

  59. Wanda Hentges on August 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This is fabulous, Marjie!!!

  60. Kirsten Alicia on August 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I LOVE your clock, it’s wonderful, adding the feathers on the top was such a great idea. Thanks for the tip about using the roll of masking tape, I’m forever chasing SP around my craft table.

  61. Sandy dehon on August 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Wonderful clock and as your fancy dancy clock ticks away – believe me, we would all love to dream and dream some more. Loved your video and signed up to your you tube site.
    Sandy xx

  62. Anita Houston on August 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I was so stuck too!!! BUT oh my goodness, the blue tones and stenciling on the outside are your forte! LOVE the feather piece too! Awesome and artsy fartsy and just plain cool!!!

  63. lucy Edmondson on August 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    I love your clock Marnie, it’s so feminine,

    Lucy x

  64. Yvonne Blair on August 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Oh…this is fabulous. It has almost a mystical feel with the coloration and the steampunk going on. It could make you feel as though you would be swept away! Love your art and how you put things together. Truly fabulous!

  65. Julie S on August 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Those feathers! Wowza. Beautiful project and great tip. I haven’t pulled out the shrink plastic in ages. Need to rectify that.

  66. Claudine Criner on August 30, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Nice tip, love the masking tape idea! I will be subscribing to the youtube vids. I really love your assemblage clock Marjie, it’s one of my favorites!

  67. Candy Colwell on August 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Marjie….LOVE YOUR CLOCK! The colors are awesome…love the blue! I love the feathers at the top…very cool. Your steampunkish girl in the center of your clock is amazing. The tip for the shrink plastic….THANK YOU! That was so simple but so effective! I need to try that!!! <3 Candy

  68. Julie Tucker-Wolek on August 30, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwww! This is amazing! I am LOVING the colors and the feathers!!!!!!!!!

  69. Redanne on August 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This is so very YOU Marjie, I love the blues and the feathers on top are fantastic. Having the happy accident really makes the lady pop out with her beautiful wing. I love this wonderful creation! Anne x

  70. Corrine on August 30, 2014 at 5:37 am

    This is simply marvelous Marjie, what a way to tackle a challenge. xox

  71. Sue W. on August 30, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Oh Marjie! This is fabulous! I love, love, love the feathers especially!

  72. Julia Sanders on August 30, 2014 at 3:05 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece. This reminds me of a dream, the color palette and layers are beyond beautiful. And holy smokes, those feathers are incredible. You ladies have seriously gone above and beyond for this challenge.

  73. Jan Bianchi on August 30, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Okay where to begin! I love all the details on the clocks, and your feathers from the stencils you used. What a fab idea! I love your color choices as well. I really enjoyed studying this piece there is much to take in! Brilliant and I will look forward to your video. All of you gals have done fab pieces this time around as always. REally EnJoyed this.

  74. Victoria Sturdevant on August 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Oh, each detail of your steampunk clock is fabulous!