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Yummy Cookie Tin Makeover

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History has been made! I present you the first craft project featured on this blog that involve spray paint. And, rest assured it won't be the last.
Spray paint is the best way to paint metallic surface and I needed an excuse to buy some at my local art supply shop (it is also available online and probably in hardware and paint supplies stores in India).

Last December, I toyed with the idea of buying regular steel dhaba and turn them into fancy Christmas cookie tin, but time and the holiday got into the way. So much so I put the project on a back burner (I will try to get to that this festive season).
But, recently, we decided to buy a bunch of wafer rolls that came in this tin :


As you can see, it is a plain old generic commercial tin with nothing really attractive in its design. The type most will repurpose as a food storage canister and shove it in the back of the pantry cabinet with a hastily written label on it.
Well, not Moi mind you. I can't have too many cookie tins around to begin with. Then, cookie thins have to be pretty (I assure you, they HAVE to, that's a law).

And BAM the perfect excuse to get my hand on spray paint cans was born. Spray paint give you a fairly even coverage provided you use it right, dries quickly, and unlike acrylic paint that comes in tubes, won't stay sticky too long on metallic surface.


There are a couple of things you need to remember when working with spray paint :

1) Always work in a well ventilated area, the fumes are not the healthiest thing. If you are going to work on a big project or in less than perfect ventilation condition, wear a mask. (I didn't need to for that one, I worked on my balcony and it took 2 minutes per layer)
2) Cover the whole work area with plastic or old newspaper and wear old clothes. The paint flies around and you will end up with paint particle straying at least 50cm away from the surface you meant to paint.
3) For an even coverage, you need to apply 2-3 layers of paint. Wait until each layer is dry to apply the next. Try to avoid spraying from too close a distance not to end up with bubbles, dripping lines and paint build up in places (as you can see it happened in that project).
After spraying my tin can in gold paint, I waited a day before painting the black and mauve strips on. At this point, I realised I should have bought a can of black spray paint and stencilled that strip on. Very predictably, the black artist acrylic paint stayed sticky for a very long time, this happens when you use it to paint metallic surface. So, if you decide to do as I did, allow that layer of paint to dry for a day before handling it.
As you can see, I could not resist using 3D liner paint in gold to draw twirls and frills. What can I say? I am a 3D liner paint addict...and you guys know it. 3D liner and twirly twirls are my signature, fess up, you probably expect nothing less from me at this point.

I waited a day for the black strip and twirls to dry properly, and then wrote the text in white, using regular acrylic paint again. The idea was to give it a handwritten chalk label feel without it being actual chalk. So, when I smudged my fairly basic cursive penmanship work, I decided to leave some of that tiny smudge visible.
I decided to go with "Yummy" as a label. Because, just because it is a cookie thin doesn't mean there will always be cookies in it.

But, it is guaranteed that whatever its content, it is going to be yummy.

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