How to stencil a colorful clock

How to stencil a colorful clockOkay, 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

IMG_7174This 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).

IMG_7175I started by painting the center of my clock face with Turquoise.

IMG_7176This 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.

IMG_7178I completed one side of the clock and then moved to the other side to finish, matching up as I went (I let the first I painted dry first).

IMG_7179Once I had the inside area completed, I painted the outside and back with several coats of Aqua. I also painted the hands of my clock kit with Yellow Ochre. Let it all dry.

IMG_7229 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.

IMG_7230Once my arrows were cut I had to decided how to organize them. Diagonally? Straight? I went with straight.

IMG_7231Mod podge the arrows down when you’ve figured it out.

IMG_7232Then give the entire clock face a coat of Mod Podge and let dry. Install the clock face as directed (you might need some glue). Wait 24 hours before hanging!

How to stencil a wood clockI love my new clock. I have many white walls, so this bad boy looks perfect. What colors would you use for your stenciled clock?