Everything is coming up spring! Brilliant green grass has appeared and flowers galore are strutting their stuff. Every year I get so excited that I can’t wait to head over to our huge regional farmer’s market that is always bursting with blooms and fragrance. I load up my little Jeep Wrangler with goodies, then at home I sadly discover that I don’t have enough pots.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Earlier this May, I also posted a stenciled farm table project, that I love! Now I have added these adorable patinated pots to that table . They look great with the table stencils from the same grouping of designs. This mini-size stencil is perfect for furniture and small projects like my garden containers.
These were really fun because I used products made for creating green and blue patina that not only looks fabulous but don’t even need to be sealed to go outdoors.
- Royal Design Studio stencil: Alhambra Ornament Craft Stencil
- Royal Design Studio ½” stencil brush
- Royal Stencil Crème in Copper
- Modern Masters Metal Effects – Primer, Copper Paint, Bronze Paint, Green Patina, Blue Patina
- terra cotta flower pots, paint brushes, containers, paper towels like Bounty
PRIME THE POTS
Brush on two coats of Primer, following manufacturer directions. Let dry. (Modern Masters Primer is formulated to coordinate with the Metal Effects patina products, so resist the urge to use household primer.)
BASECOAT USING COPPER OR BRONZE, THEN SPRAY THE PATINA
Choose the color scheme of your pots. The products go together like this: Copper Paint with Green Patina Solution or Bronze Paint with Blue Patina Solution. I made two blue pots and one green pot.
Brush on one coat of paint and let dry. Brush on one more coat and DO NOT LET DRY.
Immediately spray patina solution generously on the pot and let dry. So if you paint a copper basecoat, spray green. If you painted bronze, spray blue. It will take a while to activate and reveal the final cool effect. It’s pretty fascinating just to drink coffee and hang out to watch while the patina evolves.
Let dry an hour or so.
I like using just parts of a stencil sometimes for a unique effect, so that’s what I did on my pots. This stencil fit almost perfectly using two repeats of the pattern.
Find a pleasing position and hold the stencil in place with one hand and stencil with the other hand. Since the pot is curved, tape doesn’t seem to work well.
Dip your stencil brush tips into the Copper Stencil Creme and offload any excess paint onto the paper towels. Use a swirling motion to fill in the design. Let dry a few minutes and repeat.
How cool is the result! A designer-look that is quite unique as the patina will never look the same twice.
These pots are a great gift, and it’s so easy to line up pots and paint a grouping all at once.
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