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Decorative Metal Tins with DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground


With our DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground you can paint on almost surface including metal, transforming it into a watercolor paper-like surface that is perfect for painting with your watercolors! You can now make your own Decorative Metal Boxes to keep or give as gifts for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Birthdays, Halloween, Christmas or whatever occasion you like!

What you’ll need for this project

  • Ink Tins
    Or any metal container you would like to use
  • DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground
  • DANIEL SMITH Series 32 Synthetic Ox Hair Round Brush #12
  • 2 ½ “Hake Sheep Hair Brush (for applying the watercolor ground)
  • GOLDEN Archival Aerosol Varnish
  • Spoon
  • Small dish or container
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper

DANIEL SMITH Watercolors used in the video
Pyrrol Orange
New Gamboge

Steps for Applying Watercolor Ground 24 hours before painting with your watercolors
1. With your sandpaper, sand (abrade) the lid and all metal surfaces that you will be painting with the watercolor ground to give “tooth” to the metal.
2. Spoon watercolor ground into small dish.
3. Using the Hake brush, paint the watercolor ground on to the sanded (abraded) lid of your ink tin and all parts that you’ll want to decorate with your watercolors.
4. Allow the watercolor ground to cure for 24 hours before painting your design with your watercolors.

Orange Daisy Decorated Ink Tin How To

  • With your pencil, lightly draw your daisy shape.
  • Paint New Gamboge in the daisy’s center, letting it spread a bit, allow to dry a bit.
  • Fill in the petal shapes with the Pyrrol Orange in a medium wash, allow the New Gamboge in the center to mingle a little bit.
  • Let dry a bit.
  • Load the tip of your brush with full strength Pyrrol Orange and trace the outline of the petals, then add some lines radiating outward from the New Gamboge Center to add dimension to the petals.
  • Stipple in tiny dots of Pyrrol Orange in the New Gamboge center to add dimension to the daisy’s center.

Protect your creation with Golden Archival Aerosol Varnish.

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