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Corinne Bradd shows you how to add flora and fauna painted designs to a set of kitchen tins

What you need...
  • Biscuit tins
    Paint, Rustoleum: base coat; spray, sunflower yellow, lime green, carmine red; craft and hobby enamel, cinnamon, sea blue, baby pink, bright red, yellow, white
    Chalk pastel stick, white
    Tape, masking
    Box, cardboard
    Tin can
  1. Prepare each tin by sanding the whole outside surface, then mask the lip where the lid overlaps the base with tape.

  2. Remove all dust and dirt before gently replacing the lid. In a well-ventilated room, prop a tin against an empty can inside a cardboard box. Shake base coat spray for two minutes before using to work the lid of the tin from side to side.

  3. Lift the tin, touching the sides only, and place on top of the empty can. Shake the base coat and spray the side of the tin. Use the empty can to revolve the biscuit tin and respray, shaking the paint between coats. Continue until it is completely covered.

  4. Leave undisturbed and re-coat after two hours, if necessary. Allow the base coat to dry for 12 hours. Lightly sand if necessary and wipe away any dust, then apply a top coat in the same way as for the primer. Leave to dry for 15 minutes before applying a second coat, then leave to dry for one hour.

  5. Sketch a design onto paper. Either redraw directly onto the tin with a white chalk pastel stick or cover the reverse of the drawing with pastel, then tape
    the sheet of paper to the tin and redraw over the top, transferring the outline onto the flask. Paint the motif with enamel, using a small rounded brush.

  6. Stir the paint well before applying and avoid overloading the brush. Also, keep the paint horizontal to avoid runs. Although touch-dry in 30 minutes, leave to dry overnight before using.

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