How to Print Clock Dials

Whether you want to make a simple image of a clock or a flat clock face to hang on your wall, knowing how to print clock dials could come in handy. Even so, the process of printing clock dials does take a few specific tricks to perform correctly if you want to have a clock face you could potentially use to really tell time.

Draw out different clock dials on sheets of card stock. Keep the designs simple and graphical.

Cut out the sections of the design you will be printing. Keep the negative space of your template intact as much as you can. If you cut a section by accident, use tape to mend it. The parts you cut out can be tossed in the trash.

Wash and completely dry the surface you will be printing on. Cleaning your surface will help the paint stick better and not peel or chip as easily.

Attach the outer edges of the clock dial template to your surface with painter's tape. Make sure the template is secure in place and will not move.

Dip one side of the sponge into your paint. Dab a bit off so any excess is removed. If the sponge is too saturated with paint, the print will be splotchy or smear. Apply the paint onto the surface showing though the template you cut out earlier. The first layer should be thin. Apply more layers to build up the print.

Remove the painter's tape from the template. Lift the template away from the print. Try to do this before the paint dries out, as the template could stick to the surface. Use a small detailing brush to fix any missed spots or imperfections.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen or pencil
  • Card stock
  • Craft knife
  • Painter's tape
  • Sponge
  • Paint
  • Detailing brush
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Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.