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Spray Paint Guide - Start your own craft project

For those who aren't familiar with the benefits of spray paint, this brief guide is here to inform you about the many advantages these little cans have. Gone are the days when spray paint was solely used to decorate train carriages and public buildings, nowadays it is a favourite among artists, hobbyists, crafters, and up cyclists thanks to the immediate and long lasting results. Below are some examples of spray painted projects.

Starting at the basic end of the spectrum we have a few easy projects that are ideal for those who are just starting out spray painting. Whether this is your first time picking up a spray paint can, or if you're a seasoned professional, these projects should prove to be a cinch. 

Tip: Check out our preparation guide before beginning a project to avoid making a mess around your home.

1. Revitalise a lampshade in minutes.

Take any lampshade like the one shown below, and mask off any parts you wish to remain unchanged such as wires and fixtures using masking tape. You might also want to completely mask off the inside of the lampshade to keep it white, as painting it another colour will affect how the light reflects off of it (and ultimately change the ambience of a room).

Once you have masked off the necessary areas, place the lamp in the centre of your preparation zone and apply even coats with your desired colour using horizontal motions, releasing after each movement. Using these short, consistent bursts will ensure even results. Using random, multi-directional strokes can lead to undesired results. (See our technique guide for more details.)

It is worth mentioning that coloured lampshades, especially darker colours, can take two or three layers to completely obscure. For example if you have a black lampshade and want it to be white you'll need to apply a few basecoats at least before applying the final colour. Also, some people will recommend using a primer on metal, but assuming the lampshade will be used inside and isn't extremely dark (black, purple etc.) this isn't usually necessary. Drying times can vary from surface to surface so make sure the paint has set before installing.

2. Add a bit of flair to any vase
If you have a neglected vase lying about inject some new life into it by using a can of spray paint and some masking tape. Firstly, create your desired pattern with the masking tape such as horizontal or vertical stripes, bearing in mind the paint will only apply to the exposed areas (it is usually a good idea to cover the top of the vase to avoid unwanted spray inside).
Once you are satisfied with the masked pattern, place your vase in the centre of the preparation zone, and using your spray paint apply even coats to the vase in horizontal motions, making sure the can is always moving when in use. Spraying the same area for even half a second too long can lead to unwanted drips and other undesired results.
After waiting the recommended time for drying, carefully peel off the masking tape to reveal the finished product. If applied correctly your vase should now have a set of bold, hand painted stripes (or whatever pattern you decided to go with.)
If you aren't happy with your vase, Montana offers convenient paint stripper in a can so you can start from scratch if you so desire.
Tips: If stripes aren't your thing, an old laced doily can be used to create more complicated patterns.
3. Find new uses for dated biscuit tins
Do you ever find yourself with a bunch of tins that you never got around to throwing out, but aren't quite good enough to put out on display? Well this easy project will provide a solution to your biscuit tin woes. 
There are a few options that are pretty simple to carry out, such as painting the lid and base two separate colours, using masking tape to create a pattern, or simply painting the entire tin. 
First of all, it is usually recommended that you don't paint anything that will come into direct contact with food, such as the prongs of a fork or the blade of a knife, so for this project we will just be painting the outside of the tin. 
We are going to create a tin with a checked pattern on the lid using two cans of spray paint and thin tape that you can buy from almost any art supply store. First, remove the lid and leave it to one side then cover the main compartment of the base with masking tape to prevent any paint from getting inside. Once masked off, place the base in the centre your preparation zone upside down so the bottom is exposed and apply even, horizontal strokes with your desired colour, then put to one side and leave to dry.
For our lid we applied a basecoat and then left to dry for a few hours before using any masking tape to avoid any blemishes.
Once dry, apply the masking tape evenly using a ruler or the tape itself, and once you are happy with the first set of stripes apply the second layer making sure they are completely perpendicular to the first set to ensure perfect squares. 
Once you are happy with the positioning of the second layer of stripes, apply horizontal strokes from top to bottom ensuring an even coat throughout and then leave to dry and you're done.