Impress pals with this quick project
Three wooden chopping boards Acrylic paint in white, indigo blue and mustard yellow Paint brushes Newspaper Varnish A little bit of styling can go a long way. Try whipping out these upcycled platters at your next foodie gathering with friends to score the artisan edge.
With a lick of paint, the most basic wooden chopping boards become an artful addition to your tablescape, capable of transforming the humblest chunk of cheddar into an irresistible, Insta-worthy morsel.
Place the wooden boards on newspaper to protect the work surface. Use a wide paintbrush to paint all three boards white on both sides. The acrylic takes a while to dry, so try to leave each side for as long as possible before turning it over, as the paint will easily smudge if not completely set.
Using any colour paint and the paint brush, practise creating marks and simple patterns.
For the first board, use the mustard paint to create a pattern made up of simple leaf shapes, referring to the image as a guide. It’s easier if you draw the outline of each one with the paint brush first before filling them in with the paint.
Continue painting the pattern along the bottom of the board so it covers around a third of the space. Leaving an area plain will
ensure the designs don’t look too overpowering or messy.
The second board design is made up of different sized ovals. Practise painting them in different sizes before you start painting on the board and you’ll see how mixing the smaller with the larger size makes a lovely repeat pattern.
Start painting at one side of the board and work the pattern across, leaving around a third of the board white. If you aren’t confident with getting the line straight with the paints, use a ruler and draw on a faint pencil line to use as a guide.
The third board is painted with semi-circle shapes in different sizes. Use the image as a guide, and begin by drawing the outlines of the shapes with the paint first, before filling them in.
Paint just one third of the board with this pattern and leave the rest white. Leave all three boards to dry.
Apply the varnish to finish off – you can use matt or gloss, depending on your preference. You’ll need to wait until it’s completely dried out before the boards are food-safe, so check the label to see how long this takes.
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