Another challenge from the Weinzapfel /  Skinner team at DecoArt. This time only three colours – black, white, and a colour of my choice.

My son tried to draw me into  the ‘black isn’t a colour’ argument but I carefully sidestepped and explained that it didn’t matter, because I had to use it, whatever it is. My third colour, from the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics range is Cobalt Blue Hue.img_2032

I used an 14×10 artist board, with two coats of Media Black Gesso.

I added the spotty texture with Modelling Paste through a stencil, and the two large clock faces, and splats, were crackle paste through stencils. Once they were dry the whole surface was painted in Media Carbon Black. The fluid acrylic is finer and doesn’t fill the crackle in the paste.

The textured areas were dry-brushed with Media Titanium White to highlight the various textures and features.

The ‘glow over the horizon’ was sponged on Titanium White; the skull is Cobalt Blue Hue. Background texture is from the Andy Skinner ‘Toxic’ stamps.

The words are adapted from a phrase first recorded by St. Marher in 1225. Tide does not, in this case, refer to to the rise and fall of the sea, but in a period of time – as in Yuletide, or Whitsuntide.

The watch faces are without hands, except for the one on the left, which is set to two minutes to midnight – the end of the day.

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