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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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