Wednesday, 29 January 2014

What's On My Workdesk Wednesday 243? Photo Blocks

Hello fellow Desker!  Thanks for joining me from Julia's place over at Stamping Ground.
Here is my desk with two of the photo blocks I have re-purposed.

Photo blocks are kind of like a wooden canvas.  They are a hardboard version.  In the 80's it was very popular to glue photos onto these blocks to hang them on the wall in all sizes from small to poster size.  Now they print directly onto canvas instead and block that.

I was given these blocks from a student who did not need them in her business any more and so I have ripped off the photo and covered the left one in hessian (burlap) then added texture paste through a Tim stencil and painted the right one with a crackle technique, now I am contemplating the decorations I am going to add.

Yes, those are "industrial" sized jars of gesso, texture paste and acrylic gel medium you see piled on the left!

The new blue clock is one I got yesterday at the Typo sale shop for R42!  Down from R179!  I am tempted to alter it...it is cheaper to buy this than Tims one which I have been dying to get!

So that's me.

See you at your desk

Bella

23 comments:

  1. Great projects and I can't wait to see you spin your craft magic over these wooden blocks. Great idea about the clock, I love Typo they always have such interesting items. Have a lovely week.
    Sandra @8

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  2. a very organised desk, love all the little labelled draws. Never heard of these wooden blocks before, thanks for sharing Donna #41

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  3. your wooden blocks look great - hope you'll share the finished pieces; also the clock, bet you can't resist altering it! Thanks for the visit - that WAS the room with the leak, luckily none of the craft stuff got wet!)Helen 9

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  4. Fun to see other people "re-purpose" things. It's been good for me - now I finally look at things and think what could I do with that? I don't believe I have much left from the 80's tho! It would be fun to see the finished product.
    Have a good week - Sara j #45

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  5. What a great idea for the blocks, I hope you share the finished pieces.. I'm sure they will look fantastic...happy crafting DeDe #47

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  6. Hi Belinda....you are always up to some trick!! Like they say a Boer mask n plan en h Griek trek n trick!....by the way I adore the cards in your previous post . ZEFFY 66

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  7. Hi Belinda....you are always up to some trick!! Like they say a Boer mask n plan en h Griek trek n trick!....by the way I adore the cards in your previous post . ZEFFY 66

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  8. Love the tone on tone effect, gives a lovely soft look to the blocks. I bought gesso yesterday and some Matt medium, and I thought those were big containers, until I saw yours :-)

    Happy WOYWW
    Ann B
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  9. Luv that clock Bella. Your repurposed blocks will be great!

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  10. Ohhhhhh..photo blocks! So that's what they are. Were. And I have to say, looking absolutely amazing in your hands! I like the clock as it is. What you gonna alter it to become then? A saucepan? Small family car?

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  11. I love working on blocks, I have one to the size that I am doing encaustic work on but no where near finished yet, maybe soon. Love the stamp you are going to use. Have a great week.

    Happy WOYWW & Happy Crafting
    Eliza & Yoda 15

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  12. The work you have done on the photo blocks looks great! Would love to see them when they are all finished
    Jackie 33

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  13. The work you have done on the photo blocks looks great! Would love to see them when they are all finished
    Jackie 33

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  14. You know you've got a serious crafting problem when you have equipment in Industrial Quantities!!! I like it :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 51 xx

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  15. Good for you for repurposing those old blocks! Doesn't it feel good to breathe new life into something like that? And to be creative at the same time is extra special!

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  16. NOW I know what those blocks are and what they were originally used for. Thanks for letting us know. I pity those who didn't see your last post, but I love what you are doing with them now.

    Thanks for visiting while I was either sleeping or unable to get on blogger. It has turned into a real pain. Happy WOYWW from #1.

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  17. Looks like you are having great fun there, Belinda. Enjoy finishing all your projects. Whatever will you do with the clock??
    Have a great week.
    Margaret #39

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  18. Dont we all love a bargain. That clock is superb. Love the blocks you are doing.
    In answer to your query - 8 chairs and umpteen tape dispensers = a classroom situation. My friend does some teaching now and then on that long set of tables,
    Hugs & Thanks for visiting me earlier, sorry I am so late - Neet 50

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  19. Always brilliant things happening on your desk ! Great to upcycle those photo blocks ! Ali #42

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  20. Hi Bella,
    Your 'solid canvas' works are looking great. I'm so interested (and fairly inept) with the trend for painting and multi media art. The clock is great and so is the telephone. :-)
    Cheers,
    Ros. #114

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  21. Those photo blocks look great Belinda. Cannot wait to see them finished.
    Hope you are well chickadee. Long time no text!
    Hugs
    xx

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  22. Never worked with blocks but I am interested to see what you create with them. I love your clock just as it is. Have a good week. xx Maggie #2

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  23. Love the clock. I've been on the lookout for one of those. Glad I'm not the only one who buys the gesso in the 'big' size LOL Creative Blessings ~Kelly #92

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