• Nilni Kamburugamuwa

Pot Painting Basics: It's a Trend Once Again

My mom's a crazy gardener. If she didn't have other duties to full-fill, I'll bet she'd stay holed up in the garden all day long without even noticing the time pass by. To be honest, I'm not even half as interested in gardening as she is, but it's so me when it comes to books and crafts. I decided to stop being narcissistic for once (I'm kidding, okay?) and let this post be related to my mom's love for gardening.

Every afternoon, she usually hangs around in my room, not because she particularly enjoys my company but because she watches gardening and home decor videos on my desktop computer. She would gush about how white painted pots can totally transform the look of a once plain-looking room or garden. And I have to agree with her, they did have a big impact. The common reddish-brown pots simply camouflaged with the background and didn't really add anything extra to the space. But painted pots can add a touch of vibrancy to a scene depending on the colors you pick, especially so when it comes to an indoor space.

Of course, pot painting is not a new concept, but it has started gaining popularity once again. So if you're interested, I've made a list of the supplies you will need, some useful tips, as well as some recommended pot painting products you can find on Amazon.

Necessary Supplies

  • Pot Pot painting is commonly done on Terracotta pots. They are porous, reddish-brown pots that are perfect for planting. Since fresh terracotta pots come with light residue on their surface, you must soak, wash, and dry them before painting over to make sure you get a smooth finish.

  • Clay pot sealer Since terracotta pots are porous, it's better if you can apply a layer of clay pot sealer on the inside of the pot. This will stop excess moisture from seeping through and tarnishing your painting.

  • Acrylic paint The medium most often used for decorative pot painting is Acrylic paint. You can also use spray paint, but Acrylic is more suitable for drawing outlines, shapes, and fine details.

  • Paint brush Having a range of paint brushes of different sizes comes in handy when drawing intricate designs on your pot.

  • Foam brush Foam brushes are perfect for painting a large surface with an even layer of paint. It's a very convenient device when you need to coat the whole pot with a specific color.

  • Clear spray acrylic Using clear spray acrylic to seal your acrylic paint work will protect it from external damages.

Pot Painting Basics

As mentioned previously, before you start painting or applying a layer of coating on the pot, you must clean its surface to get rid of dirt and any other residue. This will make sure the paint does not mix with dirt particles and end up with a grainy texture. If you have no patience whatsoever and want to get the job done ASAP, you can resort to simply wiping it with a wet rag so that it dries quicker.

Then, after letting it dry completely, you can apply the clay pot sealer on the inside of the pot. You may use a foam brush for this purpose. Make certain to get it in all the nooks and crannies since even a small spot overlooked can mess with your painting later on.

Once that's done, your next step depends on what kind of vibe you're going for. If you want to make a very simply looking pot with an easy acrylic design, you can start painting straightaway. But if you want to get a more bright, vibrant, and solid look to it, the best way to start off is by covering the pot with a layer of white acrylic paint. You can then paint your design over it once it has dried. Check out the pictures below to get an idea of what it looks like with and without the white paint.

Finally, after you've left it to dry (there's so much drying in here, I couldn't even find a synonym for it smh) for at least and hour or more, you can spray a fine layer of the clear spray acrylic to seal your paint work.

Recommended Products

4 Inch Terracotta Pots with Saucer