wow thanks for the great compliments. first of all its not a real working clock just a bar novelty. I had made a much simpler version and a friend at work saw it and requested a version with monkeys drinking. It took a while to find the right clipart( I cant freehand draw worth crap) and then convert said clipart and modify it into something carve-able in Inkscape.
As far as the painting goes I used hobby acrylic paint. I just sealed the wood first with shellac and painted all the recessed areas first ,then sanded all the excess paint that bled through onto the top layer, then carefully painted all the monkeys vines etc … on the top layer with a very sharp fine brush. finally stained inside with a golden oak and outside ring with walnut. It was a lot of work, but my friend loved it!