How To Put Drawing On Wristwatch
Knowing how to put a drawing on a wristwatch is more about planning for the design and less about making the drawing. Making a wristwatch your personal fashion statement is not difficult, but you'll need to find a watch with a face specifically designed for drawing or a vintage watch that allows removing the paper face from the mechanical works.
The drawing requires a few special pieces of equipment, including:
- Permanent markers
- Pencil and eraser
- Watch opener or pocketknife
- Glass cleaner
- Sketch pad
- Spray sealer
- Sketch away. Take your sketch pad and make a rough draft of the kind of drawing that may work on the wristwatch's face. Make several rough drafts of your favorite images and any text you may want to include.
- Refine the design. Use the rough drawings and select key elements from each to use for the final drawing.
- Make a wristwatch template. Knowing how to put a drawing on a wristwatch includes making a drawing that can be made small enough to work well on the face. Take the watch face and trace the outside. This will give you a sample watch template. Make up several templates for the final design step.
- Transfer the drawing to the template. Use the template to transfer the final drawing to the small wristwatch template. If you're not used to working on such a small area, this may require a few tries with the templates.
- Revise the image to work with the wristwatch hands. Put the image on your wrist to test the design. Make sure all of the elements on the drawing are clearly visible when your wrist is placed on a table. Revise the drawing and image to make this work.
- Open the wristwatch and remove the works. Take out the watch works and place the hands in a position that allows you to draw on the face. You may need to move the hands a few times during the drawing process.
- Pencil in the drawing on the works face. Use a number four pencil to lightly draw in the design on the watch face. A softer pencil lead may smear the design.
- Make changes. Examine your drawing and make changes now that the wristwatch hands are in place.
- Color in the large areas on the wristwatch face. Putting a drawing on a wristwatch includes knowing how to fill color into a drawing space. Select colors that add to the design but don't overpower the hands needed to tell the time.
- Add the line highlights. Take a fine line pen and draw over the outlines for the wristwatch design.
- Seal the drawing. Use a spray sealer over the entire design. Make sure not to get any spray in the works on the back and don't spray anything directly into the opening where the hands exit the face. Watch out for the stem, too. Masking these areas works well to protect the workings of the wristwatch.
- Return the works to the wristwatch casing. Pop the works back into the watch and close the back. You're now ready to pop the wristwatch on and receive complements on your drawing and fine work.
- Test the wristwatch drawing design by placing the final draft of the drawing inside the wristwatch crystal. This will tell you if the front decoration on the casing blocks out your drawing.