In the 6 days following the reading of the coolest-art-activity-ever post, we have attempted this project twice. The first time we followed Dilly-Dali’s instructions to a “T”. See her post so you can drool over their artwork…I mean, read all the directions! 😉 (Go ahead, it’s really simple!)
Immediately, we all fell in love with the painting technique. I mean, who doesn’t love squeezing stuff out of a bottle? And the layers of colors that slide down the sides of the pot are just mesmerizing!
For our first attempt, we painted 8 small terra cotta pots, most of which will be gifts for Mother’s Day (for various family members the kids chose to make them for–Shhhh! Don’t tell!). I painted them white with indoor/outdoor spray paint first.
Then we used acrylic paint in rainbow colors and followed Dilly-Dali’s methods.
|$2.99/each at Michael’s. I used a 20% off entire purchase coupon.|
The next day, I painted the lip and interior with some of the red acrylic paint once the pots were dry enough to be placed upright.
I sprayed them with polyurethane after they were completely dried.
Here’s the one I’m keeping for myself…er, I mean, that the kids made for me!
I think the pots turned out beautifully, but we did run into a few issues:
- Too much paint. Aleacia warns in her post that less is more, and we definitely learned that the hard way! Less IS really more in this case!
- Bugs. Because the paint takes a really long time to dry, flies, gnats, and other flying bugs can’t seem to stay out of it.
- Un-level ground. This causes the paint to not flow over the sides evenly, so sometimes I had to adjust the pot’s level by hand to get paint over all sides.
- Smeared paint. With the pots surrounded in a puddle of wet paint, you have to move them once the sides seem dry. Unfortunately for us, even though the sides felt dry to me, I managed to get fingerprints or smear the paint on several of our pots.
- What to do with the saucers? There’s no real way to paint the saucers to match. I tried rolling the saucers in the pooled, leftover paint, but did not like the look on the two I tried. I decided to just stick with the white spray painted look for the rest of them.
We had so much fun with rainbow pour painting attempt #1, it inspired me to do a few projects I had been putting off: we had 2 houseplants that needed repotting (badly!) and we wanted to get a palm tree for our porch. I bought an 8″ pot, a 10″ pot, and a 14″ pot (if memory serves me correctly about the sizes, that is!).
To try to improve upon what we did the first time, I decided to try a few things differently for attempt #2:
- Too much paint. Well, we still used too much paint, but I think we did somewhat better. We tried to use smaller amounts at a time and just rotate through the colors over and over.
- Bugs. To limit this, we did 2 of the pots on our screened porch. Big improvement!
- Un-level ground. Because I was aware that this was important, I tried to make sure they were as level as possible before starting, but I still tipped the pot as needed to get more even overflow.
- Smeared paint. To prevent this, I suspended each pot above the ground using various buckets, containers, and even our sit-n-spin under the pots. I then placed cardboard and paper bags underneath to collect the dripping paint and protect the floor. This was a HUGE improvement and I highly recommend suspending your pots! Leave them until they are completely dry and you will not have any smeared paint or cardboard stuck to the lip of your pots!
- What to do with the saucers? Instead of trying any crazy painting technique, I just choose to paint them white. I also sprayed the whole pot, lip of the pot, and the top part of the interior of the pot white. With the suspension technique, I didn’t have to go back and paint the lip of the pot afterwards.
Here’s attempt #2 with the 3 larger pots. I started by painting the pots and saucers white with indoor/outdoor spray paint.
|A good way to reuse pizza boxes!|
|I wish I could have frozen it at this point. Isn’t it lovely???|
|Ahhhhh! Now that’s better!|
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