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Nautical Compass Bourbon Barrel Lid

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Nautical Compass Bourbon Barrel Lid
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Nautical Compass Bourbon Barrel Lid

Nautical Compass Bourbon Barrel Lid

designed by Kelly Alder-Janes

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

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Deep Midnight Blue (DA166)
  • Grey Sky (DA111)
  • True Ochre (DA143)

Other supplies

  • stylus or pencil
  • sandpaper (coarse and fine-grit)
  • ruler
  • chalk pencil
  • tracing & transfer paper
  • paintbrushes (including broad brush and fine liner)
  • Cricut machine (optional)
  • 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.)
    Step 0 Example
  2. 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.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Trace and transfer the attached pattern onto the barrel lid. (I chose to use a template and Cricut machine instead.)
  4. 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.)
    Step 3 Example
  5. Add in Grey Sky for the star. (See photo for placement: stay consistent and keep the same side of each section in Grey Sky.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. Paint in other side of the star with Deep Midnight Blue.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Add the inner circle with True Ochre. (This is a great way to cover up any stray paint spots.)
    Step 6 Example
  8. 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.)
    Step 7 Example
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