Let me guess; you’re here because you’re interested in making a clay plant pot, outer space in general or watercolour galaxies. This tutorial has combined the best of all three worlds! DIY Clay plant pots are a hugely popular craft, and I can see why. It took all the strength I had not to reenact that infamous scene from ghost, by myself, singing that song and making a general mess.
Let’s get on with the tutorial!
How To Make A Clay Plant Pot
Materials You Will Need:
- Air Dry Clay from Home Crafts
- Rolling Pin
- Clay tools
- Soft measuring tape
- Something cylindrical to wrap clay around
- Dr P.H Marten’s Hydrocolor India Ink from CassArt (as these are expensive, peruse the Watercolour supplies section for ink or tubes)
- Paint Brushes
- White paint
- Gel medium (or any adhesive that works with glitter)
- Watercolour Sealant
As there are so many photos and steps in this project I decided to create a presentation to let you flick through the steps and images easily!
I will also add the steps here, but you will be able to match the steps and images much easier via the presentation.
How To Make The Clay Plant Pot:
Step 1: Take a clump of clay and knead it as if it were dough. Flatten your clay and use a rolling pin to completely flatten. I left about 1cm thickness to ensure it’s sturdy enough as a little pot.
Step 2: Use a soft measuring tape to measure an existing plant pot that you want to replicate with your own twist.
Step 3: Measure the clay and mark out where to cut. A long rectangle and a circle base are what you will need to cut out. I used an aerosol and cut around the base of it.
Step 4: Cut any excess away, and smooth edges. On edges that will join together, be sure to cut little knicks in the clay and add a little water before joining.
Step 5: Dip your finger in water and smooth over joins using swirling motions.
Allow to dry.
How To Paint The Galaxy:
Step 1: Prepare the clay by adding a layer of gesso and allow to dry.
Step 2: Add hydrus inks to palette and add a little water. Load a brush with water and pick up inks. Disperse the watery ink across pot and allow to dry fully.
Step 3: Repeat the process with different colours and move your pot around to let the ink flow.
Step 4: Once dry, mix white paint with a little water and pick up using a new brush because you don’t want to mix your ink and white paint. Using your thumb, pull back the bristles to release the watery paint in a spatter technique.
Allow to dry completely, because the next step could damage the pot.
Add some Glitter!
I used a palette knife to add heavy gel medium around the top of the planter and dipped it in the glitter. Allow it to dry and use a sealant to ensure it’s safe to be around water. If you’re going to use the planter without sealing it, I’m afraid your paint will run together and make a mess.
This tutorial was created using watercolour ink, so it’s imperative that you seal it with an appropriate sealant for watercolour.
If you liked this tutorial, I would be so appreciative if you could share it!
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