Making a Clock Face on a Cheese Box and a Roman Numeral Mystery6:56:00 AM
The wooden cheese box was cool as it was but when I began painting I discovered a mystery.
I painted the the cheese box with white chalky paint then decided to replicate the clock face that hangs on my living room wall.
To find the perfect places to draw in the numerals I used a little trick.
I traced the top of the cheese box onto a large piece of butcher paper and cut it out. I folded the circle into sixths then laid it back on the top. I marked each fold and voila ended up with the places for perfectly spaced numbers.
When I went into my living room to draw the clock face from the one on the wall I noticed something very strange for the very first time ever... do you see it?
This clock has been hanging there for a couple of years now and this is the first time I noticed... the Roman numeral 4... is usually written IV. Isn't it?
I researched to see if there was a reason for this or if it was just a mistake on my clock and that is why it was only $40... Hmmm.
There wasn't much written about it but what I did learn was that this is often done for aesthetic reasons. The lower left of the clock is heavy with the VII and the VIII so occasionally they do this to balance off the other side. It seems it is done for symmetrical reasons.... or at least that is what I've read.
It could be just a big mistake and someone is trying to cover it up. LOL
Whatever the reason I don't want to look like I made a mistake and have to sell this cheese box for less so I'm making the 4 with an IV like I was taught in school.
I drew my numbers free hand with a Sharpie paint stick. I used a 2" mark so all the numbers would end up the same height.
I painted in the numerals then painted minute dots along the outline of the circle where the box wasn't too distressed.
Now the center really needed something so I used my very favorite Milk and Cream stencil from Vintage Sign Stencils. Go check out the amazing stencils from Angie at Knick of Time.
I used grey chalky paint and when it dried I used a palm sander to further distress the top of the box.
How cute did this box turned out?!!
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