Monday 16 February 2015

2015 #3 Bright Upcycling {by Jo Myhill}

2015 Theme 3:  Paint

Hi everyone Jo here again joining you this evening with a post about using PaperArtsy Fresco Paints.Today I'm showing you a quick idea for up-cycling old tins and demonstrate how well PaperArtsy Paints go on any surface.

Step One: My husband has tinned Grapefruit every morning for breakfast, they are quite large tins and were begging to be "altered". First I gave them quite a few coats of white gesso to give a "tooth" for the paint to stick too.

StepTwo: Then it was deciding on colour schemes. This time moving away from my all time favourite neutrals I decided to go bright!  For the green tin I went all over with Cheesecake and a little bit of Limelight for highlights. I then flicked a mixture of Guacamole and Hey Pesto all over for some contrast splats.

Step Three: For the bottom of the green tin I added in a border of Guacamole and Chartreuse. Finally I added some splats of Prawn from the new JOFY Ltd edition Paints as a constrast and stuck on some pink buttons and wrapped a length of spotty pink ribbon around the middle of the can.

Step Four: For the orange tin I started the same with white gesso and then covered the whole tin in Yellow Submarine and wiped over Zesty Zing for some highlights. 

Step Five:  For the bottom of the tin I used Tango and the contrasting splats were in Blood Orange. This time I added some Prima flowers in yellow (cut in half and stuck with Matt Glaze) and some some yellow and orange check ribbon.

I have to say using these brights was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I'm really pleased with how they came out, the question is now what to put in them, I'm thinking my Treasure Golds, but it could be more buttons, embellishments, small posies real of fake.  I was also thinking of putting a whole through the back and hanging from a rail using butcher 'S' hooks.  You can never have enough storage!   

They were really simple to do and really quick and the new PaperArtsy colour families means you can easily pick out your favourite range of lights and darks and give it a go.  Old jam jars would look great as would baked bean tins or any other old container and what about tissue paper stamping instead of buttons, flowers and ribbon?

Now I have more Grapefruit tins and a whole stack of blue buttons, now where's that Smurf....?

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Thanks Jo for these fab quirky pots of inspiration, these would be useful in so many areas around the home and garden as Fresco Paints are ideal for all surfaces. Would like to give this project a go using the new "bright paints". Thanks for coming out of your comfort zone too :))

We would love you to join in with Challenge #3:Paint. If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over these 2 weeks, then please join in and show us your painterly exploits HERE.

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Paint link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday Feb 21st, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Julie Lee said...

These would make fabulous shabby chic storage. I really like the idea of the holes and the butcher hooks. Great use of colour! xx

Helen said...

fabulous bright upcycling, Jo, who knew you could embrace brights so easily!!

Craftyfield said...

I have some tins waiting to be transformed so maybe this project will give me the push I need! Bright and cheerful, countryside chic!

Unknown said...

Great upcycling project Jo. I can picture it now...a row of them set up on a shelf filled with bits and bobs from the arty stash. Love the colour combinations:). Xxx.

Miriam said...

These are lovely - fabulous upcycling!

Art By Wanda said...

Very cool and fun!!!!

craftytrog said...

Love your colourful altered tins Jo, they're beautiful! xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Very sunshiny! Great use of prima flowers! Great idea for storage. You can take your shades off now!

massofhair said...

Brave move Jo, definitely bright tins! Enjoy your new storage:-)x

craftimamma said...

I know just how you feel about the brights Jo. I love to see them but am more than a tad scared of using them myself, lol! You've done a wonderful job here though and who wouldn't love to see a row along a windowsill. Another fab thing about these paints is you can be sure they won't fade if you do leave them on a windowsill.

Lesley Xx

Kirsten said...

They're so cute! I love the bright colours.

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow totally awesome funky bright tins, gorgeous. Kezzy :-) xxx