Title: Time Piece
Size: 8″ x 10″
Time Piece was created using painter’s caulk, ink, acrylic paint, printed canvas, clock hands, jewelry pieces, gears, chain, and ribbon on canvas. The sides are finished in a dark brown paint.
Time Piece is an abstract steampunk inspired assemblage painting. I knew when I started that I wanted to create another steampunk piece but I also wanted to experiment a bit. The direction I wanted to go was a bit more chaotic and a bit more random. When I started this piece I had no clear vision for where it was going or what I was really going to do past that.
The first layer applied is a printed canvas sheet that has a clock motif. After that dried I stared at the piece for days. I finally decided to create something that had an odd scrapbook / memento collection vibe. I mixed two colors of beige caulk and applied them to either side of the printed canvas strip. I added drops of ink on to the caulk and mixed it in directly for some more interest. The caulk was applied fairly thin in areas so it began to set quickly. This was good because it forced me to work longer before I could take a break.
Before the caulk completely set, I rough-cut some loose burlap ribbon. I placed that in the lower right corner, pressing it into the caulk. I grabbed some chains & some adhesive next. Where the chain was placed into the caulk there was no need for adhesive. I just needed it to glue the chain to the canvas.
One fully dry, I began adding embellishments. The square piece in the upper left is something I bought several years ago. I always wanted to use it but never could find the right piece to add it to. It made the perfect frame to put over the gears I added. Framing the gears looked good, but I still felt it needed something else so I added the tiny clock face.
I had some extra clock hands and knew I wanted to use them. I glued those in place but needed something to cover the base of the hands. Clock hands come ready to install in a clock so I need to remove the screw parts from each hand. This isn’t always a clean process since the clock hands are made of very thin metal. I think the round piece was a good choice. It has something of vintage / historical feel to it so I think it matches the piece well.
I added a few more embellishments and then painted the sides of the canvas dark brown. I’m a firm believer that art should be ready-to-hang in a clients home, without the need for expensive custom framing. The piece can be framed properly, but it looks great hanging without one too.