Okay, before I go any further, I want to let you know that I understand. This colorful nonsense of mine . . . well . . . it just isn’t for everyone. You might like the bright colors and multiple patterns, but you might not, and that’s okay! If you don’t, then take this idea and customize the colors and patterns for what you do like. This decorative clock uses stencils from my friends at Handmade Charlotte, and I was so happy to try them out. There’s a great selection of patterns and styles in the line that you can see here. There’s also a lot of stencil choices in each package, so a lot of bang for your buck. To learn how I stenciled this clock, see below.
Gather These Supplies
- Wood clock base and clock part kit
- FolkArt acrylic paint – Aqua, Titanium White, Turquoise, Yellow Ochre
- Handmade Charlotte stencils – Patterns
- Mod Podge Satin
- Stencil tape
- Scrapbook paper – coordinating
- Die cutter or clip art to cut your arrow pattern (I use my Sizzix Big Shot)
- Stencil brush
This is the clock base that I started with. You can get these at any craft store. Make sure to get the corresponding clock parts kit at the same time (other places for clock kits include ebay and Etsy).
This is when the stencils come into play! Tape to the front of the clock and use a dry brush technique with a stencil brush to paint your pattern. “Dry brush” means to put paint on your brush and get rid of a lot of it – and then tap, tap on the stencil. Sound counterintuitive? You can see this technique illustrated (with the same stencil!) in a video by my friend Candie here.
While I was waiting for paint to dry, I cut out arrows using my fabuloso Big Shot. I used the arrow dies found here, but you can also use clip art to cut your shapes as well.