On Sunday I finished a four day stint at the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair at Alexandra Palace in London. I was working with Novasol Spray UK a brand you will previously have seem me collaborate with who sell (amongst other things) spray chalk paint. I stayed up in London for the whole four days in a great Air BnB flat in Muswell Hill that was a seven minute walk through the park from the venue. Lindsay my host was lovely and I found my first Air BnB experience vastly better to staying in a budget hotel. The room was quieter, the bed more comfortable and I had just the right amount of company at the end of the day when I wanted to download over a glass of wine!
During the show I ran three (sold out!) workshops showing how to use the chalk paint to make strings of wooden bunting. It was a relatively simple idea using pre-cut wooden shapes and masking off areas of the bunting with washi tape and stencils, but the workshop participants all put their own individual spin on the idea and some really brilliant creative lengths of bunting were produced.
We got such positive feedback about making them that I thought I’d share a short tutorial. At the show we only had 40 minutes to do this and achieved it, so it really is a speedy lunch hour craft project!
I used 8 individual flags for my bunting (which you can buy from eBay) and applied washi tape to half of them. The tape we used at Country Living was quite narrow (and actually perfect for the job) where as the stuff I have in my supplies at home is much wider. There is no wrong kind of tape and no wrong way of doing it, you can even use masking tape or cut wider tape in half as I did for some of my flags.
When you apply it to the shapes ensure it has stuck down well by running your finger over it, this will prevent any flecks of paint getting in where they aren’t wanted!
This project requires very little paint, so it’s perfect for using up cans you’ve opened for other projects. As you can imagine, there’s quite a few open cans at my house so I had my pick of the 18 colours in the range. For this string I chose pale turquoise, mustard, blue indigo and ash grey with broken white for the flecks
The knack with any kind of spray painting is to apply light layers and build up the coverage. The official guidance from Novasol the manufacturers, is to leave one hour between coats, but at home I’m impatient and find I can get away with about 10 minutes. During the workshop we didn’t even have that much time, but it still worked!
The photo above gives you a guide of how little you need for that first coat.
You need two or three light ‘mist’ coats for the flags and you can mix colours by applying different layers from different cans. You can also get a flecked effect by very lightly pressing the nozzle of a can to make it splatter on the surface, though this can be tricky (those cans are made not to splutter!) and as you can see I ended up with a splodge not a fleck on one of mine! When the paint is dry remove the tape.
Finish with a final coat of the Pinty Plus spray wax or varnish to give durability and to make it waterproof and thread with twine (before you buy any check the shed, you may be pleasantly surprised!) If you have trouble passing the twine through the holes wrap a piece of the tape around the end.
I am of course biased, but I love the results and I’m going to make sure I have some spare flags in stock to make gifts for friends. I mean really, who doesn’t need more bunting in their life?
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