Graffiti Clocks

When I asked my friend, Judi Kauffman, to choose some new Walnut Hollow products and create some designs for us, I never thought she would get this funky. However, Judi is such a creative talent, I wasn’t at all surprised!  Well, maybe I was a little surprised when I opened the box full of wonderful projects and saw graffiti!!!, but I loved the two clocks Judi made using our new Square Modern Clock.  Of course, being from California, I grew up with graffiti as it could be seen on the freeways and thoughout several parts of my hometown. Living now in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, I don’t think we have any graffiti in our little town.

So, here’s what Judi started with – times two…


And, ta da, this is her incredible graffiti artwork… and the clocks actually tell time!

Graffiti Clocks by Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow



Walnut Hollow Square Modern Clock 39788

Walnut Hollow clock hands 27288 (red/pink clock) or 23091 (red/pink/purple/blue clock)

Walnut Hollow clockworks TQ 700P

Krink Paint Markers, assorted colors with broad and fine tips


1. Working in a well-ventilated space per the manufacturer’s instructions, use Krink Paint Markers to create a background on the clock with two to four colors.

2. Add graffiti (words, arrows, random lines and patterns) using two or more contrasting colors.

3. Alter clock hands with colors that match the clock.

4. Assemble clock.

About Krink Paint Markers, Judi says. “They are fabulous, totally opaque colors and were fun to use…”

TIP: Substitute any brand of paint pen that gives opaque color, or use acrylic paint and a brush if you prefer!

For Krink Paint Markers:

Here are some great close ups of the graffiti:


Crackled Clock

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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. Supplies 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. 1 Cutting with scalloped 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. 8 Que Sera Sera Paper 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!).

2 Basecoat with Lemonade3 Apply Crackle Medium4 Topcoat with Indian Turquoise 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. 5 Touching-up groove 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. 6 Glue paper to center 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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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. 7 Adding numbers 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.