When I moved into the flat I currently live in, I found a clock. It was an traditional, analogue alarm clock, the kind with the two small bells and a metal hammer that rattles between them and ends up being loud enough to wake the entire street when it goes off. It was a delightful shade of brown. On its face, there was a horse – a laughing horse.
It was ugly, you guys.
It actually got to the point that I couldn’t stand to look at it any more. I had to dismantle it and hide it away in a box until I was ready to deal with it.
Finally, the time came…
As with a lot of my projects, their progress ends up on my Instagram story.
At this point, I wasn’t even really sure what I wanted to put on the clock face. I just knew I didn’t want to look at that horse any more. The more time I spent on this project, the more confused I became about who thought about pairing a laughing horse and a clock would be a good idea…
After a quick doodling session, I came up with this design:
And busted out the acrylics…
I am very inexperienced with painting in general (hoping to change that this year!) but it’s hard to go wrong with messy, acrylic pointillism.
Once dried, I cut it into a circle and started reassembling.
Could do with a glaze of some kind but I’m very pleased with how it turned out! It felt good to upcycle something that would have otherwise made its way to a charity shop, only to be never bought and eventually chucked out.