Apple Clock

By  Nancy Scott 

  • Apple Clock


  • Wooden Clock (#1259), 11”x17-3/8” from Turns in Time
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Bittersweet Chocolate, Black Green, Black Plum, Cadmium Orange, Celery Green, Citron Green, Cool Neutral, Dark Chocolate, Hauser Medium Green, Light Parchment, Milk Chocolate, Napa Red, Plantation Pine, Primary Red
  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon brushes: Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 1/2”, 1”; Angular, Series R2160, 1/2”, 1”; Filbert, Series 2170, #6; Round, Series 2250, #3; Liner, Series R2595, #10/0
  • Optional: Assorted mop brushes


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte

Pattern - Apple Clock

  • Preparation
  • 1. Remove panel. Sand all surfaces; wipe dust. Apply sealer; let dry. Sand lightly with brown paper bag; wipe dust. Base panel Black Green, frame Hauser Med. Green, and raised routed edge Napa Red.
  • 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines onto panel; omit leaf that wraps around back right apple. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • 3. Base items as follows: apples Citron Green for opaque coverage (will need at least four coats); apple leaves Hauser Med. Green; gooseberries Cool Neutral; gooseberry leaves Celery Green; branch and stems Dk. Chocolate.
  • Apples
  • 1. The first shading color begins to establish "red" of apple. Apply this color at least three times, walking out, and following shape of apple. I kept it a little less wide on left side of each apple trying to leave underlying Citron Green for a highlight. If highlight is lost you can always dry brush it back in again when you are finished painting apple. Each successive shading builds upon the one underneath it and it is important to be mindful of how far you walk each one out. As the shading gets darker, it also gets smaller.
  • 2. Use 1" angular to begin shading Cadmium Orange. Once "red" is achieved, shade a second time with Primary Red walking color out a bit less. Use 1/2" angular to shade third time with Napa Red walking color out a bit less again. Add final shading of Black Plum tucking it in at the top of front apple and a tiny bit at bottom, and on bottom at either side of back apple where it sits behind front apple and up at top right where cheek of apple curves away from stem.
  • 3. Use liner, Napa Red, then Black Plum to add apple streaks, taking care to follow shape of apple. Add Citron Green highlight if needed; paint stem well on back apple. Dry brush stronger Lt. Parchment highlight on front apple.
  • 4. For bottom stem end of front apple, float Black Plum crescent shape; use liner, Dk. Chocolate, and Citron Green to pull lined detailing.
  • Apple Leaves
  • 1. Transfer curved leaf onto back apple; base Hauser Med. Green. Use 1/2" angular to shade each leaf Plantation Pine. Let dry. Shade center vein Plantation Pine. Apply second leaf shading of Black Green walking color out a bit less.
  • 2. Use 1/2" angular to highlight leaves Celery Green. For two bottom leaves and leaf curved around back apple, add brighter Citron Green highlight. Use Plantation Pine to paint veins on darker leaves and use brush mix of Hauser Med. Green and a touch of Citron Green to paint veins on lighter leaves.
  • Gooseberries
  • 1. Shade Celery Green around entire outside edge of each berry. Softly shade Plantation Pine along top and bottom of each berry and to separate from one another. Dry brush small Lt. Parchment highlight near center; use liner to add detailing lines.
  • 2. For gooseberry leaves, shade Plantation Pine and highlight Citron Green.
  • Branch and Stems
  • 1. (Note: Most shading and highlighting is done with round or liner brushes using dry brush streaking technique to give texture to branch and stems. Float shading where branch goes behind apple or where stems enter apple.) Shade branches Bittersweet Chocolate and highlight Milk Chocolate; highlight again with mix of Milk Chocolate + Lt. Parchment (1:1).
  • Tints
  • 1. Float berries with very soft Cadmium Orange tint. (Note: It may help to dampen berry first with clean water before floating color to help keep tint soft and almost transparent.) Apply very soft Napa Red tints in some darker areas of apple leaves.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Allow paint to dry overnight to fully cure. Apply sealer. Glue panel into frame; wipe excess glue. Attach clock face and clock works.