May 20, 2009

Summer Time Painting!

Painted Pots by Robyne Recca

Summer Time Painting!

We all love to decorate our patios and yards so let’s get to it and paint some pots! I absolutely love to work with Terra Cotta Pots!
Here is how to begin:
If your pot is not new and it has had dirt in it then you need to soak you pot in a solution of water and bleach ratio: 9:1. This will remove the salt residue from dirt or fertilizer. You may need to soak them for as long as 24 hours. If the deposits are really built up you can scrape them off with a kitchen scrubber. Now when your pot is thoroughly clean rinse it out with warm water and let it dry completely. Of course if the pot is new just dust it out and your ready to go!
The first thing you will want to do is apply a sealer on the inside I like to spray 2 coats of a clear acrylic sealer drying in between. This will help the finish on the outside from peeling from moisture that may leach through from the pots interior. Terra Cotta is fired at a low temperature and it is very porous. It will continually wick the water away from the dirt and cause your beautiful painted finish to peel off unless you apply a sealer.
Now you can decorate and paint the outside anyway you wish but it is recommended that you use 2-3 coats of paint and finish off with a good outdoor sealant like Krylon Spray. A really good paint to use is DecoArt's Patio Paint it is permanent, weather-resistant acrylic paint for outdoor decorating on concrete, wood, and terra cotta. Patio Paint is formulated for water resistance and excellent adhesion in changing temperatures.Add accents to bird feeders, terra cotta pots, and other outdoor accessories with Patio Paint.
To antique: Apply one coat of Clear Coat or Patio Paint. Allow to dry, then apply a contrasting color. While wet, wipe with a damp sponge, leaving color in crevices.
Sponge on brick or stone patterns on patios with Patio Paint.
Use for durable outdoor stenciling.
Sponge on multiple colors for a mottled or marbled look.
Dry brush with metallics or contrasting colors.

Helpful Hints:
For best results, apply only if air or surface temperature is between 45 degrees F (7 degrees C) and 85 degrees F (30 degrees C).
Allow four hours before exposing painted surfaces to temperatures below 45 degrees F (7 degrees C).
Do not expose to moisture for 72 hours.
For opaque coverage: Brush, sponge, or roll on two or two coats of Patio Paint; allow to dry.
Terra cotta pots should be painted inside and out. Dry thoroughly before planting.
Do not apply de-icers or harsh solvents to painted surfaces.
Do not use Patio Paint inside birdbaths or fountains.

Application and clean-up is quick and easy, too.
A great place to find unique pots is at Arizon Pottery:

Tammy Walker

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