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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 :)

Have a great weekend! And to stay connected with more Clever Nest fun,



:)

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

27 comments:

  1. So cool!! Thanks for linking up, I just featured this project on my fb page: http://www.facebook.com/seevanessacraft

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  2. very cute - I just love this idea. Would make a fun mothers day gift too.

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  3. Hi Alyssa! I saw your post over at Funky Junk Interiors...it really caught my eye 'cause I am thinking about trying something like this soon. I appreciate all the good tips that you shared about the project. It really does add brightness and is adorable. Your baby is adorable too!

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  4. I hadn't seen the 'drip technique' before - just the dipping. I think I might have to try this!

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! (www.watchoutmartha.net )

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    1. Sounds good, I'll have to check it out!

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    2. Perhaps if you found something that you could hang the pot over rather than putting it directly on the table surface, you would avoid the sticking to the table and chipping or whatever you said. It would dry with a more natural look where the paint stopped. You also probably thin the paint a bit so it doesn't dry in a thick state and then it won't "wrinkle" so much.

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  5. The pottery looks so cute! Love the colors you chose! Thanks for being a part of our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you again real soon!! -The Sisters

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  6. Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. What a totally awesome idea! I love how it turned out! I really want to do it now, except that I just painted all my flowerpots last week. Arggh. Time for a trip to Michaels! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  7. Featuring this at One Artsy Mama tomorrow!

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  8. It doesn't get any easier than that and look how cute it is...the baby too!

    I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any of your creative project!

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

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    1. I really like your site, I totally joined up :)
      Alyssa

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  9. I like the drip look... I could see it with more colors, thinner paint to look sort of tie dye? great job!
    adorable baby face! :)
    gail

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    1. Awesome idea, Gail. I'd love to see it done that way!

      (P.S. Andrew says aw shucks.)

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  10. I'm totally loving these!

    Featuring them tomorrow at Creatively Living

    --Katie

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    1. Cool! Thank you Katie! :)I'll be sure to add your link to my "featured" tab.

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  11. What a super cute idea! I'm totally going to have to steal this!

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  12. Did you water the paint down to get it to run better? The paint I used was quite think and didn't seem to run well. Thanks!

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    1. No I didn't water it down. I used Craft Smart brand craft paint and it had a good consistency. You might want to try a different paint, or watering down the one you have if you want to experiment! :)

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  13. What I appreciate even more than the drip technique's ability to transform is your detailed account of the process - not to mention how impressed I am to learn you are this lucid with an adorable seven-month old in the house!

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words!:) as for the 7 (now 9!) month old munchkin, I am grateful for the magical power of
      Nap time!!

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  14. I would suggest using a good enamel paint to avoid the wrinkles, something maybe fast drying (two hour kind), a satin finish or semi gloss? Something to try.

    Very cool idea, I love the concept, to dress up a flower pot.

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    1. Good advice, I'll have to grab something like that for the next drippy experiment.

      -A

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  15. Love this, those are super adorable! What a great little project.

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I love getting your feedback, and chatting about all things DIY!
<3 Alyssa

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