Nautical Compass Bourbon Barrel Lid

Nautical Compass Bourbon Barrel Lid

Posted by DecoArt on Feb 27th 2019

Get your bearings on a bourbon barrel lid painted as a compass with Americana® Acrylics.


    • stylus or pencil
    • sandpaper
    • ruler
    • chalk pencil
    • tracing & transfer paper
    • paintbrushes
    • Cricut machine
    • bourbon barrel lid


    1. Sand the bourbon barrel lid using a coarse sandpaper and follow up with a fine grit. (You can sand until the wood looks clean, but I wanted to keep the character of the wood. You don't have to sand, but it's so much easier to paint and easier on your brushes if you do.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Mix (1) part True Ochre with (4) parts water to create a wash. Use wash to cover the entire lid lightly. (You can do a second coat if you wish once it is dry. This gives the lid a bit of color while still keeping the wood grain visible.) Let dry.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Trace and transfer the attached pattern onto the barrel lid. (I chose to use a template and Cricut machine instead.)
    6. Use Snow White and a broad brush to paint in the first circle. (Leave out notches for the star that you'll paint in later.)
    7. Instruction #4
    8. Add in Grey Sky for the star. (See photo for placement: stay consistent and keep the same side of each section in Grey Sky.)
    9. Instruction #5
    10. Paint in other side of the star with Deep Midnight Blue.
    11. Instruction #6
    12. Add the inner circle with True Ochre. (This is a great way to cover up any stray paint spots.)
    13. Instruction #7
    14. Using Deep Midnight Blue and a fine liner brush, add lettering of your choice in the Snow White circle and at outer rim, if desired. (For this, I used the year that they were married; the location of the wedding; and their last name. I found the latitude/longitude for the city on Google.)
    15. Instruction #8


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