If you’re about to embark on a new craft project involving paint, then you’ll need to get your painting preparation just right. Before you prepare to paint an unusual surface, read our top tips on getting the surface ready for your special artwork. Then you’ll be able to transform the plainest of objects with fun and eye-catching designs, much like these owl-painted pebbles.

Painting Preparation for stone surfaces | Woman's Weekly | Craft | Painting

Painting preparation tips we recommend…

1. Primer is a must

Primer will take a little while to dry before you can start applying colour, but the layer of white paint will give an even surface to paint over and a real clarity of colour on the end result.

2. Give it a good scrub!

Using a small amount of warm soapy water, remove any dirt and dust from the surface you intend to paint. Make sure to let the object you’re working on dry before you begin painting, though!

3. A little sandpaper goes a long way

If the surface you want to paint is extremely shiny and hard, it’s a good idea to roughen it so that the paint has something to stick to. Similarly, if the surface is already rough, then using a little sandpaper should result in a smooth finish.

4. Always do a test patch

If you’re experimenting with a very unusual surface, like stones, it’s a good idea to try a little of the paint on one test pebble, before going straight into your design. That way you can see how well the paint adheres to the material.

5. Don’t forget the finish

Once you’ve done all the painting it’s very easy to add a lasting layer of varnish over the top, helping to stop cracks and chips forming in your paintwork. Plus you can choose from matt varnish or shiny versions to add different effects to the finished article.