The Ugly Horse Clock

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 – 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. 

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