It’s always fun to design on newly developed products and this Square Modern Clock was no exception. I wanted to show off the circle groove and using a crackle technique is always interesting – especially when you can see it happening. I like to have everything ready to create a project, so I cut out a circle from the 12 x 12” paper first with the scallop-edged scissors. If you place the paper over the clock surface, you can feel the groove under the paper. Use the eraser end of a pencil to press down into the veined groove to “mark” the paper. Cut out the circle with the decorative scissors. Note: I’ve never had a “favorite” paper for too long because there is always another “favorite” that comes along quickly to replace it. However, I really, really, really like this – it’s called Que Sera Sera. I found it several years ago and used all of it! That has never happened with the other papers that I’ve bought. I was delighted a while back when I found it again – guess they brought it back for another round. Hope I never run out again (I’m not telling how many paper pads I bought!).
You can create the crackle effect with 3 easy steps. First step is to basecoat with Lemonade using a large flat brush. After that dries, use the flat brush again to apply a thin coat of Weathered Wood (it’s a crackle medium). After that dries, the 3rd step is to use a large flat brush to paint a contrasting color. I used Indian Turquoise. It’s fun to watch the crackle happen right before your eyes! Use a medium round brush with Lemonade to clean up the veined groove on the top of the clock surface. I like using Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere paper to wood. Squeeze it out on the back of the paper, then flip and press it well with your fingers to smooth it out on the wood. From the back of the clock, poke the pencil lead through the paper so you can attach the clock movement. Use your fingers to press the paper out of the hole. Just follow the directions on the back of the package. The numbers that come with the clock movement have an adhesive on the back so they are easy to press in place on the paper. So that the numbers are placed as evenly as possible, I like to start at 12, go to 6, then 3 and 9. After that you can easily eye-ball the other 2 numbers that go in between each space. All that’s left to do is to insert the AA battery, set the time and you’re ready to hang your new clock on the wall.