I am really excited to share this project with you today. When I first found out that I had been accepted onto the Helmar Creative team, I started working on this project but it got put to the side and then I finished it but it didn't fit with my themes. So, today I am finally sharing it.
This project came about because I have a problem with my desk. I like to have things in front of me so I can easily reach them but this starts to take up too much room. I decided I needed something bigger than the standard pen/stationery holders for my brushes and a tray to put all my bits that don't have a home. I was at our local hardware shop and I had a brilliant idea. A Terracotta pot! I could add my own spin on it and they have trays too. There are heaps of sizes and the shape is perfect.
Here is what it looks like empty.
Here's what you will need:
A Terracotta pot and tray
some acrylic paints
Helmar Decoupage Paste
Crystal Kote Matte Spray
I took this photo after I had applied some colour to my pot so this is what is started out like:
I chose the tray from the pot the next size up because I needed more space. I then roughly applied splashes of acrylic paint with my fingers. Pink, green, blue. I didn't really think about it too much as I knew they would be covered up a fair bit. Once it had dried, over the top I applied some black acrylic using a brick stencil and my fingers. I didn't want clean edges, I was going for a grungy look. So I used a baby wipe to knock back the colour a bit.
Once that had dried ( I sped up the process with a heat gun), I stamped some images on tissue paper, then tore them out and using the decoupage paste, I glued them onto the pot in random places. The tissue paper kind of melts in and you get not rough edges. You are left with a stamp on the surface that would have been too hard to try and stamp a clear image on.
Once it had dried I sealed the whole project with Crystal Kote in Matte. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area. I recommend outside.
And that is it. A simple project that solved a big problem.
Thanks for stopping by today.