Before getting stuck in think about what you plan to use the hoops to frame and where you plan to hang them. This will help you pick out appropriate colours.
My starting point is a piece of Cath Kidston print fabric so I picked out a nice spring green and sky blue to match the fabric with a sunshine yellow for a bit of a contrast.
- Remove the inner frame before painting. Usually this will not need painting.
- Begin painting around the metal fixing. Make sure to paint all the wood but don't worry if you get paint on the metal, it is east to remove once it is dry. I found the easiest way was to simply scratch it of with my thumb nail.
- Once you have painted around hold on to the screw fixing while you paint the rest of the hoop.
- Once finished lay to dry on a non stick surface.
- Once dry it is up to you whether or not you want to varnish you hoops. If you are framing something precious I would recommend you do to minimise the chance of colour transfer from the paint. I used Modge Podge on mine. This dried quickly and it gave a lovely shine. If you would rather varnish I recommend Ronseal interior varnish in clear. This is the only truly clear varnishes I have found and has the added bonus of being quick drying and water soluble.