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Make a Functional Art Piece.
I had picked up some clock parts, and shuffled around a few ideas in my head to create a functional piece of art, with canvas.

I had a very large (18 inch by 24 inch) canvas, and decided to do a mixed media Alice in Wonderland piece, to include the White Rabbit's pocket watch as an actual time keeper.

This is more of a visual guide to what I did, rather than a tutorial. But if anyone was curious, I decided to show a few of the steps I photographed along the way.

I hope you enjoy it!

Posted by Chudames from Bellingham, Washington, United States • Published See Chudames's 84 projects »
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  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, I gave my canvas a Coffee wash to make it less stark, and appear more aged.

    In the corner, I drew a small chess board.

    Then, using a mix of red and brown acrylic paints, I covered the canvas in a chevron pattern with masking tape, and sponged paint over it.

    I then covered some of the overlap with a mix of tan and white acrylic to match the coffee stained coloring.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 2
    Step 2

    I found some illustrations online, and cut them out. I also found a clock-face and glued it to a CD. Later, I created a "pocket watch" from cardstock.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 3
    Step 3

    I took the colorless illustrations, and filled them in using water colors.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 4
    Step 4

    The canvas would be too impersonal as just a collage, so I drew a large illustration of the Caterpillar to cut out, and add to the middle.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 5
    Step 5

    Here, I am beginning to place my collage, and began gluing them in place with modpodge.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 6
    Step 6

    Here, I've taken book pages that were salvaged from another project, and created roses (the book was actually Harry Potter). I've also glued down more items, including flat marbles, and a playing card.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 7
    Step 7

    Adding more detail, the roses have been "painted" red by playing-card guards (made with actual playing cards, scrap paper, and sharpie), and quotes have been added to various places in sharpie.

    I then went back over everything, including the quotes, with mod podge to reinforce, and began working on the clock mechanism.

  • How to decorate a canvas. Alice In Wonderland Clock Canvas - Step 8
    Step 8

    Final product, hanging proudly in my Kitchen.

    Hope you enjoyed seeing the progress!

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