Garden art ahoy

Mark Rayner shows how to craft a striking art panel with zincalume.

You will need: 1500mm panel of mini zincalume, masking tape, marker pen, methylated spirits, tin snips, metal file, pop riveter and rivets, paintbrushes including artists’ brush, drill with 4mm drill bit and Resene Galvo-Prime galvanised steel primer. Resene testpots in the following colours: Resene Torea Bay, Resene Alabaster, Resene Bright Red, Resene Supernova and two of Resene Sail.

Top tip: Use masking tape as a guide to cut straight lines and use a marker pen to draw around a paint tin to make a circle. After cutting, you can remove any traces of marker pen with methylated spirits.

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Step 1 how to make an art panel

Step 1
Measure, mark and cut a 640mm strip from one end of the zincalume panel. From the smaller, cut piece of panel, cut a strip for the sea, two triangles for sails, the boat hull and a circle for the sun.

Step 2 how to make an art panel

Step 2
Smooth rough edges with a metal file. Position the sea along the bottom of the larger panel and drill a pilot hole (where two ridges meet), as shown.

Step 3 how to make an art panel

Step 3
Fix with a pop rivet, following manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat steps two and three until the sea is firmly fixed.

Step 4 how to make an art panel

Step 4
Repeat steps two and three with the remaining pieces of zincalume.

Step 5 how to make an art panel

Step 5
Apply one coat of Resene Galvo-Prime to the panel and allow it to dry.

Step 6 how to make an art panel

Step 6
Paint the sky with two coats of Resene Sail and the sea with two coats of Resene Torea Bay, allowing two hours for each coat of paint to dry.

Step 7 how to make an art panel

Step 7
Paint the sun with two coats of Resene Supernova, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 8 how to make an art panel

Step 8
Paint the sails with two coats of Resene Alabaster and the hull with two coats of Resene Bright Red. Allow each coat two hours to dry. Fix the sails to the fence panel with stainless steel screws. Spot prime and paint screw heads.

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