MDF Clock by Nikki Acton


Hello everyone. Today’s creation is one I made a while ago for a Hochanda show but realised I hadn’t shared it. The surface is the That’s Crafty! MDF clock – very easy to alter and comes with all the parts for a working clock. I have seen these made into wonderful bright clocks but I chose to age the surface using a variety of DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints… are the steps I took.

MDF Base

Stencil Matte Medium through That’s Crafty! Cogs and Clock Dinky stencils – dry (to create a slight resist).

Cover with DecoArt Paynes Grey – slightly watered down – add a little salt.

Once dry rub away salt.

Dry brush a little white gesso – vertical brush strokes.

Add Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold – Vertical brush strokes.

Add a little extra Paynes Grey/Quin. Gold around edges of clock face
Once dry add Versamark and clear emboss through the That’s Crafty! Cogs stencil.

Clock hands

I lightly sanded and added a little gilding wax.


I painted with black gesso and once dry added a little gilding wax.

See you next week!



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  1. Great space to work with those rusting techniques Nikki. I love the way you have distressed the clock hands too.. Super make!
    Hugs Tracey x

  2. Hello Nikki, a fantastic clock, I love how the stenciling looks , because of the Matte Medium--I never tried using that for stenciling. And the rusting is gorgeous, and a wonderful background for the numbers !! Dorthe, xx

  3. Really beautiful rusty clock Nikki and love the simplicity which shows the rust effect up so well.
    Fliss xx

  4. You've achieved a fabulous effect, great clock
    Amanda x

  5. fantastic clock. Great idea with the matte medium, never tried that.
    Bev. xxx

  6. Love, love, love your 'rusty' clock, it looks amazing with the cogs. Thanks so much for sharing your 'recipe' too!! x

  7. Rusting perfection right there, brilliant!!
    Donna xx

  8. Wow - you've achieved an incredible look of aged, burnished metal with your paintwork, Nikki - and I love those cogs just hovering into view.
    Alison x

  9. Great rusty clock with a beautiful paint job! Great effect with the cogs embossing! Thank you for sharing your steps!


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