I'm thinking about painting a few wood beads for a project I'm starting. The beads I have are already stained or painted (they're the cheap, widely available brown wood beads you can get from any store's craft section) and have a thin clear coating.
I've only found two tutorials about repainting these beads and neither is about what I'm trying to to do really.
I'd like to paint them white to prime them for further painting. Should I gesso the beads (thus having to sand them before application) or do you think I could get away with spray painting them matte white?
In this tutorial http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2009/12/turorial-that-lime-green-necklace.html
the crafter is using wood beads without the clear coating mine have and just spray painting them. I think I could get a pretty good cover with the white spray paint, but I don't have a lot of time for a failed attempt (I'd like to make the piece for a friend by her looming birthday) so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.