Have I ever mentioned I have a black thumb? I think it explains why I’m so drawn to floral patterns and prints. You can’t kill a painting of a flower. In the past several months, I’ve been able to keep an African Violet alive and she is beautiful by the way. But I can’t seem to keep succulents alive. I thought they were supposed to be hardly and strong in the face of the not-so-savy-gardener. I guess not so much. As I was setting up my art studio, I knew I wanted some type of plant life. I decided it didn’t have to be living plant life, so I went on a search for real-looking-fake plants. I found the cutest selection of succulents at Michaels. And because most succulents look a little fake, these actually look real. I purchased three little pots, which on sale cost me a whomping 99 cents each. I knew they would need a little sprucing up to fit into my space. That didn’t worry me one bit. I’m always up for a project.
Here’s how I decorated the pots:
First, I paint them all with two coats of bronze metallic paint. This paint happens to be the Blick Matte Acrylic paint. The metallic colors have a bit of a satin finish which I really like. You could also chose to paint the base whatever color you want. I just liked how the bronze added simmer while being close to the original color of the pots.
Once the base layers were dry, I used a small paintbrush to add some details. I kept these simple since the pots were so small. There are several ways you can add details here- stencils, stamps, rub-ons, collage papers. I chose to paint them because it was quicker and easier for me in the moment. Once the details were painted and dried, I was ready to display them on my little shelves! (By the way, these shelves are actually a Heidi Swapp marquee letter “I” turned on it’s side. I found them on clearance and couldn’t pass them up!)
Since I’m a better painter than a gardener, I thought I would share a few tips for painting on these pots.
1- Practice on paper first. This can help you determine exactly how you want your design to look, how big or small, and you will get used to the brush.
2- Use a fine tip brush for the details. Most details will come out a little thicker than the brush tip because of the pressure you use. If possible go a little smaller than you think you’ll need. You can always make the lines a little thicker, but it’s more difficult to make them smaller.
3- Don’t be afraid to use your paint. Keep your brush fully loaded so you have enough paint to make marks. You don’t want to have a glob of paint on your brush, but you want to make sure it’s covered. This will take some trial and error to figure out how much works for you. However, keep adding paint to the brush so you don’t run out and get half painted lines. Those can be hard to fix.
Do you have any other tips for painting details? I would love to hear them.
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