With all of us staying home during this pandemic, many of us are looking for things to do. We all had similar ideas because when I go to the stores for supplies, they are either low on stock or completely out. I have resorted to ordering as many of my supplies online, and from companies in the United States, so it will take less time to get to us. Funny because this is where recycling and upcycling pays off.
I have found all kinds of ways to get things done that I wanted by thinking outside the box. When I started painting pots, I bought them when I could find them on sale, I bought my latest ones at Walmart.
Before you begin painting your pots, you will want to decide how you want to paint them. The look that I like is old and well-used pots. I will show you several methods today. When you are done painting your pots will want to seal them to protect your work.
I like to paint my pots outside in the good weather. I cover a folding table with plastic so I can keep things clean. Then I collect everything that I need to complete the project because I do not like running all over the place looking for them in the middle of my project.
The first pot I painted the entire pot white with acrylic paint, it will take approximately two coats of paint. The pattern was printed and cut out, then decoupaged onto the pot. Note: Here is something to be aware of. The paper will show the edges. To get the paper to stick to the pot, you will have to brush the area with Mod Podge before and after, you put the picture on. Be careful when you do this because the antiquing will not cover over the Mod Podge well. Let your pot dry for several hours to make sure it is not tacky to the touch.
I chose a brown color to antique the pots. To create the antique mixture, use a Styrofoam meat tray as your paint pallet or anything else you may find. Pour an exceedingly small amount of paint on your pallet and then add water. You want the paint to be the consistency of watercolor. You can use a paintbrush or a sponge brush to do this.
Water is the key you want to paint it just enough to change the color on the white paint. You will want to wipe off some of the paint with some speed as you are doing this to get the color you like, and the paint dries quickly. Once you have the color where you are happy, let it dry for a few hours, then apply your sealer.
For the second set of pots, I also painted them all white. The patterns are silkscreened onto the pots.
- The patterns are by FolkArt silkscreen detailed designs.
- FolkArt One décor paint and sealer.
- Squeegee tools by FolkArt.
After the pots were based coated in 2 coats of white paint, I chose which pattern to use. I cut the bee pattern from the rest and peeled it from the temporary backing. (keep it to store your silkscreen pattern on) Position silkscreen on the pot surface and apply a thin layer of paint using a squeegee. Remove silkscreen and wash while the paint is wet with soap and water. Replace the silkscreen on the white backer sheet that you previously saved. Once the pots are dry you will want to apply your antiquing of the color of your choice. I painted my pots with black. With this set of pots, you can also sand some of the paint off if you want a more worn look to the pots.
I hope you enjoy making your pretty pots as much as I did.
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