Stay on Schedule With Our DIY Clock Art

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Are you chronically late to everything no matter how many alarms and reminders you set? Keep your internal clock in check—and add some colour to your walls—with this easy to create watercolour clock.



  1. Apply a thin layer of water to the plywood with the watercolour brush, covering the desired area you intend to paint.
  2. Paint whatever you wish with your watercolour paints.
  3. Leave watercolour paint to dry for 45 minutes.
  4. Install one AA battery in compartment of clock mechanism.
  5. Install mechanism into clock face, slide brass washer over the shaft and screw the hex nut onto the shaft so it is tight against the clock face.
  6. Gently press the hour hand over the shaft at the 12:00 position.
  7. Place the minute hand over the shaft at the 12:00 position.
  8. Screw the open nut onto the shaft and press the second hand on at the 12:00 position.
  9. Rotate time set dial for correct time.

How to Use Watercolour Paint on Wood

Rub down the wood with two or three grades of sandpaper, always following the direction of the wood grain. Sanding across the grain will break and fluff up the wood fibres.

You may wish to prime your wood before starting to paint. A priming paint fills the grain in the wood, making for a smooth finish. A primer also seals the absorbent new wood, preventing the paint coats from sinking in immediately and going patchy over time. Keep in mind that using a primer will soften the rustic grain look of the wood.

If you want to prime your wood, leave that to dry for 30 minutes before painting. If you decide to leave the wood in its natural state (as seen in our video) begin by mimicking the effect of watercolours on traditional watercolour paper. Lightly soak the wood first to saturate it with water.

The great thing about painting with watercolours is that you are in complete control of opacity. Start with just a little but of water, then add more if necessary. It’s more difficult to achieve a richer color by adding more paint than it is to dilute a color by adding a little water.