Step One - find a suitable canal-like item! My mum was given a stupid watering can flower arrangement thingy, and she asked me to decorate the can for her once the flowers had died.
Step Two - use squared paper to find out the area you have to play with, and prepare a rough design. There are some good canal art websites around and trusty Google images to point you in the right style directions. I just pulled some elements I liked from various pieces in order to create my design.
Step Three - base coat. Start with the items which you want to have at the back overlapped by other items...like the leaves. Top tip - use acrylic paint and not oil paint - I used oils and it didnt dry on the metal at all so I had to take it all off and start again. Nail remover gets paint off the metal nicely though so is also great for tidying up at the end!
Step Four - middle coat. Bases for roses, swirly bits etc. I used this awesome helping tip from good old Google...
Step Five - top coat. Top layer of the roses and leaves as shown above...and some nice dainty decorative spots.
And ta dah!
Happy Christmas Mum :)