Good morning to all of you! I apologize in advance for this post lacking all the photo’s it should. This was a guest post some years ago and sadly the blogger who shared no longer has her website. The photos disappeared to this post when she removed her site. The step by step directions are however given. Plus, I left a few of my OWN projects down below using plaster of Paris.
Have you noticed the beautiful ceramic and clay pottery that is all
the rage right now? Perhaps you have seen a piece in your favorite
high-end décor store?
Today I’m going to show you how you can get the same look on the cheap.
There are a lot of pictures – but don’t freak out on me. It really is
super simple – there are just a lot of mini- steps that I want to make
sure I show you.
Here is what you will need…
* Paint – I chose two colors, Georgia
Clay and Mesa Sunset by CeCe Caldwell, but you can play around and get
creative with any color combination you want. Some type of mineral
paint will work best.
* Mod Podge – I used matte finish, but a
gloss finish would be great as well.
* Elmer’s Wood Filler – I suggest this
brand because the filler has a creamy whipped texture that makes
application a breeze.
* Stencil of your choice
* Popsicle Sticks
* 60 or 80 Sanding block (or paper.)
* OOPS!! NOT SHOWN:
Crackle Medium (you can get this at any craft or paint store, or
online of course.)
I started out with this vase, but you can use any vessel of your
choice. Try to look at the shape of the piece – not the material, or
design – and decide whether it gives you the look you want.
1) Prime with a basic primer or a base color of your choice. I used
a buttercream spray paint as my primer.
2) Next, you will brush on your crackle medium (see above.) I didn’t
show this because you couldn’t tell it was even on in the picture. I
wasn’t concerned about full coverage since I wanted a random result,
but I brushed it on most areas.
3) KEY STEP: After the crackle has been applied for 10 minutes or so
– but before it dries, start brushing on your first paint color.
This will “push” the crackle around on the vase creating a variety of
textures in random places. You can see in the picture below how it
bunched up in areas under the paint and how you hardly notice it in
This is what mine looked like after the first coat of paint dried and
the crackle started forming – and even chipping some of the paint off.
4) After the first coat is completely dry, brush/blot on another coat
of the first color – but do not cover the entire
piece. Let some of the first coat/crackle/chipping
5) Get your stencil, popsicle stick and filler ready…
6) When I stenciled the filler on, I used a very small amount on the
end of my stick and then spread it in each cut out like a thin-set
application. The great thing is that you don’t have to worry about
any bleeding like you might with stencil paint!
7) After the stenciled filler is completely dry, brush on a coat of
Mod Podge. You definitely want complete coverage here and even a
little thicker coverage over the filler.
This will seal the crackle and the filler so that no further chipping occurs.
8) Now it is time for the second color to be applied. Again – it is
random and not complete coverage. The idea is to create the look of
texture and depth with each layer that you apply.
You will want to make sure you paint over the stenciled design
completely – for now.
After my second color – Mesa Sunset – dried, here is what it looked like…
9) Now you will want to use your sanding block and sand over the
stencil lightly to remove some of the paint to get an aged look.
10. The final step is more Mod Podge. I only did one more coat but
for added texture, you can apply additional coats.
And after it dried…
Again, this is a very easy project. The application of each layer
only take a few minutes. The hardest part is just waiting for each
layer to dry so you can move on to the next step!
There are so many variations that can be done with this technique.
Just think of the color combinations, variety of stencils to use, and
texture building. Use your imagination!
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