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DIY Drip Painted Pottery


Have you seen what they are doing to pots these day?
Dabito at Houzz
Heather at The Lovely Cupboard

livethemma (site is in Swedish)

What do you think of the drip look? Is it cool, or too messy? I am personally super into it, especially the   ones with "gravity defying" drips :). And, this is such an easy way to add interest to an everyday object.

I had this boring pot on the tv stand, and I wanted to add more color to that side of the room.

Here's how it all went down. The drips that is.

Supplies:
Pot
Two different paint colors (house or craft paint)
Paint brush
Sealer spray


Step 1.  Ready, Set, Prep. Make sure the pot is clean, especially if your was previously used like mine was. I washed it in the sink to get out the dirt clods, and let it completely dry in the sun.

Step 2. To Paint or not to paint? Apply the base coat. I did a half and half approach. I brushed on a coat of white, then sprayed on the second coat when I noticed the brush strokes were getting sloppy looking. Or skip the base color all together and keep things au naturale.

Step 3. Drip it! After the base coat dried, I applied a small puddle of yellow paint to the bottom (about the size of a quarter). I picked up the pot and tilted it until paint dripped down the side. After doing a few drips this way, I found it was easier to control (and used up less paint) if I held the bottle a few inches above the pot and squeezed out some paint so it landed right on the edge of the pot, letting it drip down right where I wanted.



 I worked my way around until I had the coverage I wanted.
Tip: 
If I could have a do-over, I'd try to keep the paint from dripping all the way down to the lip of the pot, and making a puddle. When the puddles dried it was hard to pick them off and they left rough edges around the lip. I used a fine grit sand paper to sand them down until it was smooth again.

Step 4. Seal the deal. The yellow paint had a matte finish and I didn't want it to get dingy. I sprayed on a coat of Krylon Sealer. This will also protect it from scratches.

Step 5. Enjoy the awesomeness! I let things seal up for a night. It's been rainy/gloomy for the past few days. The sun came out for exactly 60 sec. so I took these pictures!


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 I'm loving the results:). It's something unexpected and fun, but understated at the same time.

I noticed my paint got some weird wrinkles in the drying process. Any idea what might have caused this? I'm guessing I applied the paint too thick? I wonder if using a different type of craft paint or using house paint like they did in one of the inspirations would yield better results. Humph.

As for the wrinkles, (let's call them character lines?) you can't really see them unless you get real close, like 6 inches away. And that would be kind of weird of you. Just sayin'.


This project cost me all of $4, buying the sealer spray. If you buy all the supplies, I'd say you're looking at about $6-$10 for the project. 
It's still gloomy around here. I don't mind, I actually really love the rain. So peaceful and fresh. It's just a little more difficult to get around with a 7 month old in a stroller in the rain, am I right Mommies? 
(insert shameless baby pic. Yes, I love this kid :)

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UPDATE: Thank you Allison at House of Hepworths and Amy at One Artsy Mama for featuring my drippy pots!
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