I love spray paint. It’s been the mainstay of my craft supplies for years, it’s just so versatile.
You can spray paint almost anything – wood, plastic, cardboard, canvas, ceramics – and it will instantly transform even the ugliest of old nick nacks or furniture.
It’s super easy to use, and most importantly, there’s barely any clean up – no washing brushes or soaking things in turps!
There’s a few tricks I’ve learned when it comes to spray paint – always use in a ventilated area, shake well and lay down plenty of newspaper. A cardboard box can be useful when you’re doing small items. And it pays to buy quality. I’ve tried the cheap $2 stuff and the finish is never as nice. If you’re doing mirror or glass, a primer will give you great results, and always be sure to do a few light coats, opposed to one heavy one.
White Knight Paints sent me out a fabulous parcel full of exciting products to try so I decided to dip my toe into some projects I spotted on Pinterest and have been dying to try!
So simple and easy, this would be a great craft for teens. Get experimenting with colours and layers.
What you’ll need:
At least 2 different colours of spray paint. I used squirts Purple, Cherry Red and Bermuda Blue.
Canvas or canvas board
Paper doilies in a few different shapes and sizes (you could also use fabric ones)
1. Give your canvas a few coats of spray paint. The will be your base colour. Let dry completely.
2. Brush away any loose pieces of paper from the doily, then give a light spray with the adhesive. You want it to be tacky so you can peel it off without too much of a struggle afterwards.
3. Lay your doilies down and spray paint with your second colour. Give a couple of coats.
4. Peel off the doilies and revel in your creative genius. You could use these spray painted doilies as another layer, or use on another canvas as I’ve done here.
I’ve been wanting to try this for ages with an old fan that’s been lurking in my craft room. Happily it’s something that takes very little effort and time. You could paint the fan in different tones such as red blue and white to make purple, or red white and yellow to make orange. Spray-painting in one uniform colour looks great too.
What you’ll need:
A fan (clean well)
Squirts Cherry Red, Mandarin and Bermuda Blue
Newspaper and sticky tape.
1. Before you start, give the fan a good clean and get rid of all dust.
2. Wrap two blades in newspaper, and secure with sticky tape.
3. Give one blade a few coats of your first colour. Let dry.
4. Continue with other two blades
Nic backs are one of my favourite things to upcycle with spray paint. Scour op shops and markets for frames, interesting bottles, nic nacks, plastic toys and lamp bases that would benefit from a spray paint.
And don’t just stop at spray paint; look at what happened when I gave Mary a makeover with White Knight’s Glow in the Dark paint!
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