Our biggest moments of creativity come from solving a problem. Our clock fell off the wall one day. A million bits and pieces everywhere and we couldn’t find a clock big enough in scale or the right style for that area. I was annoyed and just wanted to buy one already! But thanks to Eric’s insistance to solve this one ourselves, we ended up with exactly what we were looking for and created a wall that we continue to evolve and personalize through out the seasons. (I will have to tell you about Potlucky-Pou 2012) at another time..
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How we drew ours
1 – PAINT
Use a chalkboard paint like Rust-Oleum’s . (A small can was enough for our 11×10 wall.)
2 – DESIGN
Use a stencil like this Parisian Clock, or design your own. We wanted the character of the classic coockoo, so we drew it out in Illustrator to get the design right. But the big question was…white on black? or [negative space] on white stripes? What do you think?
3 – GRID + DRAW
One of the most exciting moments is getting the first chalk on the wall!
• We used a slightly grey color chalk (for a more subtle) look.
• Simplified the lines to make the vintage design more modern.
• Added some extra curves for extra depth antd layered a grid on top.
• Measured the wall space and determined that we wanted a clock that was no wider than 18”.
• Each square = 4×4 inches on the wall.
• Drawing the same grid on the wall provides a reference for each square of the design.
• A small tea towel comes in handy. Erase with water to get a sharper edge. Remove the grid lines.
4 – INSTALL
The only hardward needed is a small time piece like this Karlsson Wall Clock
We love that people do a double-take when they first take it in, and we love to see the look on their face when they realize that it’s a real clock!
• • • LESSONS LEARNED • • •
If you need a clock, draw one!
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