I’ve decided to show variations of the “striped theme”, but exactly how wide you want the stripes to be, which colours, and at what angle is entirely up to you.
First – using strips of sticky tape – mask off your cutlery close to the top on both sides (back and front). It helps to “tuck in” the ends of the tape for when you have to take it off again.
To create a stripe, mask off a second bit leaving enough space to apply the paint between the two taped parts. If you want to have a white background on the handle, paint it completely before applying coats of coloured stripes.
Acrylics dry very quickly which means you can apply any further coats within about 5 minutes.
After painting in the first stripe, remove the sticky tape. I would advise to stick it to the edge of the table you work on so you can reuse the strips – after all, there’s no point wasting meters of it.
When the first painted stripe is dry, reposition the sticky tape further down and repeat the painting part in a different colour.
Repeat until there’s either no space left for more stripes, or you’re happy with the amount you’ve painted.
I’ve chosen to just place one diagonal stripe onto one of the sets, but it really is up to you how creative you want to be.
Once all the stripes have been painted on, leave for about half an hour to completely dry.
Apply the sticky tape back at the very top (where the paint ends) to protect the part which will come into contact with the food.
Apply a coat of the decoupage medium or gloss to seal the acrylic paint.
Leave to dry for a day before using.
That’s it! I hope you’ll have fun painting these and they will brighten up your outdoor meals. Maybe we’ll even be lucky enough to have a long, hot summer this year…