Mothers’ Day Flowers and my ‘Magic Board’

This Sunday is Mothers’ Day here in the UK and although my Mum and I are doing something nice next weekend (Ideal Home Show– hurrah!) I won’t be seeing her this Sunday. In a moment of domestic bliss, we made our Mums (or Mom in his case) a card each. Here is my effort:

The card in itself is not that exciting (cut out flowers with a blob of glitter glue on a used yellow wrapping paper background), although it is quite pretty. What is exciting, however, is what is behind it- my new ‘magic board’. I first decided I needed a magic board after seeingĀ this post. I’m not sure I’d go as far as saying that the board changed my world, but I am certainly feel that it is a step in the right direction towards better photos.

Here it is in the making:

Cut to size and ready for primer
Two coats of Crown Eveningwear and still patchy
The finished product, being modelled by some beautiful flowers I was given by the lovely Dave

Now maybe you’re thinking that a ‘magic board’ is just a fancy name for a piece of painted MDF (which may be true), but it’s a million times better than the rather rubbish paint in The Lodge as a background- see how scratched and marked it is behind Mr and Mrs Santa:

My magic board advice would be:

1. Use matt paint (this was very well-received advice from badskirt’s blog)
2. Use undercoat- although I should have used grey, not white, given how bright the colour is
3. Use emulsion as it washes off, unless you want to get in a big ol’ mess
4. Buy rollers from (yep, you guessed it) Pound Land- I don’t find ones from DIY stores any better unless you spend a lot- not worth it for a magic board!
5. Pick a sunny day, so your board dries quickly and can be left outside

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