From NZ Gardener magazine
Rose Hughes creates a range of colourful flower pots, in both fun and funky styles.
Your will need: 1.5 & 2 litre clear plastic drink bottles (for the bottle animals), terracotta pots in various sizes (for the other pots), pencil, non-permanent and permanent marker pens, scissors, masking tape, wide rubber bands, paintbrushes, terracotta sealer, test pots in your chosen colours.
Cost: $25 excluding paint, sealer & plants.
With the non-permanent marker, mark the bottles with head and ear shapes depending on your choice of creature. Cut the shapes out. Clean off the marks. Using the test pots, apply enough coats to the outside of the bottle animals to give a good painted surface.
Mark the creature’s features, paint using a fine brush and outline using a permanent marker.
Undercoat the terracotta pots with the terracotta sealer
. Allow to dry. Create outlines with masking tape and rubber bands.
4 handy tips for creating colourful terracotta pots
Can't decide on just one colour? Combine your favourites. Simply use low tack masking tape to mark out different areas and paint each in your favourite Resene colour for a one-of -a-kind colour-blocked look.
Add some glam with a metallic finish brushed on in a crisscross pattern. Resene metallics come in handy Resene testpots, ideal for small projects.
When painting terracotta pots, always finish them inside and out with Resene Waterborne Aquapel
before painting them. This will help to stop the water seeping through from the inside of the pot, so your don't get blisters on the paint finish.
If you prefer concrete pots with a 'natural look', apply Resene Waterborne Aquapel
. It's clear penetrating finish that will help keep the surface looking fresher and cleaner for longer.