Once upon a time, there was an old tray called Beige. It had been sitting on a shelf for months. Which was very boring, as it never had anything to do. Unfortunately, it didn’t look like things were going to change anytime soon. Beige didn’t really attract a lot of attention & people always wondered what they would do with it. With time, it seemed as if Beige, was getting duller and duller. To the point, where the shopkeeper was considering selling it for scrap! But one day, the shopkeepers daughter, Penn, was going through the old stock & came across Beige. And little did she know, she was going to change Beige’s life forever!
Penn asked her father if she could borrow the tray & clean it up. Beige was quite sturdy and it just needed a makeover, to feel good about itself. The father gave her an odd look & shrugged. What harm could scrubbing the surface do?
So, Penn took the tray home and started Beige’s makeover. Before starting, she collected pink, green and gold acrylic paints, paintbrushes, 3 sponges & some masking tape.
Here are the steps, she followed to make the tray:
- Scrape off any waste paper stuck to the surface.And make sure the surface and edges are completely clean.
- Plan the design & mix the colours. From Beige to Pink, Gold & Green, sounds good!
- Start with the base of the tray by deciding where to sponge each colour. Dip the sponge in pink paint (without any water!). Lightly press the sponge on the base. If it’s alright, then continue dabbing the sponge in the decided spots. Similarly, take a sponge for the green paint & dab green in the remaining spaces.
- Dab green over pink & vice versa. It’s also a good idea to dab a few spots of green over the pink & pink over green. But, don’t overlap them too much or it will become messy. Let the base dry.
- While the base is drying, start working on the sides of the tray. Use a medium sized flat brush to paint the sides of the tray.
- By this time, the base will have dried. Take a third sponge & dab gold paint over both the pink & green spaces. The gold does not have to cover the entire tray. So, use it in small patches.
- Hold the tray sideways & paint the inner sides of the tray.
- After the sides are complete, paint gold over the rim & inside the handles of the tray.
- Check if the edges of your base are neat. If they aren’t, make a small border with masking tape, about 0.5 cm from the corners. Paint the edges gold and then let the tray dry.
With this, Beige was transformed! And, it no longer seemed fair to call it, Beige. So, Penn started calling it Pink n’ Gold. Pink for acceptance & gold for richness.
She hurried back to the shop & placed the tray in front of her Father. He was shocked. And then, he was Suspicious. Exactly how much time & money had Penn spent on the tray? On asking, he found she didn’t spend anything & only took 2 hours to paint the tray.
Satisfied, the proud papa placed the tray in the window, and started talking to his daughter. Asking her, what she had learnt while making this project. To which she replied,
- Dab the paint on a piece of paper before the tray, to remove the excess paint.
- Don’t try to paint the base white or yellow. It looks patchy.
- To avoid smudging, paint the sides in this order – Length, Breadth, Length & Breadth.
- Don’t use any water.
- A dry brush is a great way to clean dirty corners.
While they were talking, a customer walked in. She wanted to ask about that beautiful tray in the window & if they had a tea set that would look nice with it. The lady was having a tea party & wanted something bright for her table. And that’s the story of how Beige’s life changed in a short afternoon. Now, it has a home & a purpose. Nothing could be better.
So, I’m not the best at story telling. But,ever since a friend mentioned writing one, this idea has been buzzing in my head. Plus, I had the perfect old tray to work with! Let me know, if you would like to see more Story time Tutorials.
Also, let me know how you like our Pink n’ Gold Tray! We’re actually making these to sell. So if you’re interested, let us know through this form.
Have a fantastic start to the week! Bye!