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If you are going to paint your tin, it needs to be prepared first. I hosted a tin swap a few years ago, and so had the privilege of receiving the tins and seeing all the lovely work first hand.
One thing I learned from this is that every tin that had been prepared with gesso
from top to toe was almost impossible to open! So these fantastic pieces of work
were almost stuck shut. Since then, I have always used gesso for the lid, and inked
the bottom with Stazon. If you are painting the bottom half -
I’ve used a couple of layers of gesso on the lid -
I take the lid off by putting a knife in the hinge and gently prising it open, just enough to slide the lid off.
I ink the bottom with Stazon -
Here we have bottoms inked with Black, Teal and Black Cherry Stazon.
Altered Altoid Tin
Don’t throw the tin away when you finish your mints -
Once your gesso is dry, you can paint the tin. I have used acrylic paint for my
sunset effect. It adds a certain something to the tin if you sponge it when the paint
is dry too. The sponge I am using came from a face painting kit -
by Sara Sandberg