Painting and Staining Terra Cotta Pots

Painting and staining pots

Garden pots need not be only terra-cotta in colour.

For cheerful containers, stain pots in colours that complement their location in relation to the architecture and what is planted inside. Terra-cotta is very porous, so it’s important to use materials that won’t harm the plants.You can either use water based acrylic paints that are easy to clean with soap and water or powered pigments that are natural.

If using a natural pigment mix with matte medium (a paint extender available at crafts and art-supply stores) to desired shade and add a little water to thin the paint as necessary, making it easier to apply. It’s a good idea to mix a small amount first to find your perfect color, then increase your formula for a bigger batch. Use a foam brush to coat the outside of the pots then let them dry overnight.Apply a second coat if necessary.Remember pigments and water based acrylics are strong and will stain your clothes, so mix and apply them carefully.

Don’t be afraid when painting your terracotta pot. Experiment with sponges and rags as an applicator of point to your terracotta. You’ll be suprised at your creativity!


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