How To Paint Adorable Ceramic Vases Like A Pro
Are you obsessed with customizing plant pots? Because I am.
I also really want to try ceramic painting and painting patterns on decorative plates so while Ayda got busy with the project, I got busy finding out the best tips and advice for painting on ceramics or porcelain and what type of paint is for what!
There are a few important things to know before starting…
How To Choose Paint For Ceramic Mugs/Pots/Tiles or Porcelain
How do you plan to use your ceramic?
For this project, it’s vases. Keeping in mind that they will be in contact with water.
There are different approaches to picking paint for your project, depending on how you want it to look and what you’re going to use it for.
For this project, because it will be in contact with water I would use a bake on ceramic paint so it will last lots of washes and it will produce a rather glossy finish.
Bake on ceramic paint is safe to eat and drink from too so if you want to paint some fabulous mugs or plates, bake on paint is the way to go.
2 Major Brands of Bake On Ceramic Paint –
Both come in a range of liquid paints and markers, depending on the design you want to use.
Like Ayda, you can use an acrylic paint like DecoArt or any No Bake Ceramic Paint, plus an acrylic clear coat (a sealing spray would work best) will give you highly glossy finishes that are pretty to look at, but not safe to eat off and won’t really last too long with lots of washes.
My favourite colours are pastel pink and pastel blue or coral and mint or peach and mint. Pastels. SO of course I loved these!
This is a super simple DIY and you know that I LOVE easy projects!
How To Make Perfectly Painted Vases
What you will need:
- Plain white mug or vase
- Porcelain paint (or acrylic) try ebay 🙂
- Paint Dabber Brushes
- Washi tape (or masking or blue painters tape/frog tape)
- Something To Clean The Ceramic.
•Make sure that your ceramic is clean. My favourite cleaning solution for this type of project is Isopropyl Alcohol, it ensures everything is super clean so the paint stays on. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of failures!
•Choose your pattern – you can use washi tape/painters tape to create patterns on your little pots. You can choose from diamonds, triangles, buildings would be cute, any stencils that are suitable and can be adhered using a temporary spray adhesive (I buy mine on eBay).
•Apply paint to inside edges carefully and using dauber sponges.
•Allow to dry, according to your paints instructions.
•Make sure it’s completely dry and remove the washi tapes. If it’s not dry, it may smudge the paint so be careful
Q&A With Ayda
What was your inspiration for this project? What made you want to make it?
There are many many ideas on Pinterest and blogs related painted jar, bottle or vases… I just wanted to try this with my style for a spring decoration.
Where did you source your little pots?
I had found them from a local flea market a few years ago. They were waiting for a pretty DIY project in a box for a while.
What did you use to clean them?
I used two different coloured acrylic painting for this project.
Actually this type paint is temporary, you can change the colour and pattern when you get bored. Just wash with water.
If you want permanent paint you can use a varnish after drying or you should prefer special porcelain paints…
Do you have any tips or advice to make this project easier for the reader?
You should be patient, You should give the paint enough time to dry.
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