For the May Monthly Craft Destash Challenge, I made a Be Kind Summer Bouquet Watering Can. I’ve seen this mantra everywhere and I love it! What a great reminder of how we should treat other people.
Materials For Be Kind Summer Bouquet Watering Can:
- 2 gallon galvanized watering can
- paint- Apple Barrel 2613E Caribbean, 21049E Pink Parfait, 20429E Christmas Green, 20403E White, 20760E Kings Gold (20401E Bright Red was pictured but not used), Americana Deep Burgundy
- brushes- 1″ sponge brush, 1/4″ angle brush, small round brush, 0/0 liner brush
- Plaid Clear Acrylic Gloss Sealer
- paper towels or a soft cloth
- medium grade sand paper
- Daisy Drawing Pattern- get yours here
- colored chalk
Prepare the front half of your watering can by sanding it with medium grade sand paper. This will give the galvanized metal “teeth” to accept the paint. Clean the watering can with vinegar and a soft cloth or paper towels afterwards. Paint the front of the watering can with several coats of Caribbean with the 1″ sponge brush. You can use a hair dryer to hurry things along.
I used the seam under the handle as my painting guide on one side and the spout as my center point for the other side. Get your free Drawing Daisy Pattern here, then print.
Rub colored chalk on the back of the pattern, then lay the pattern on the watering can. Trace around the main elements with a pencil or a mechanical pencil without the lead. When you remove the paper you will have a perfect, easily removeable chalk pattern of your design. It’s good to have a master pattern, especially if you sell your items. Painting will be faster the next time if you already have the template. You can read a thorough example (with pictures) of my Chalk Pattern Transfer Method in the Rustic Strawberry Cherry Painted Watering Can post.
I printed the be kind sign above and used it as a guide to pencil in the letters before I painted them. I found it on Amazon. I am an Amazon Associate and will receive a small percentage of each sale.
Basecoat everything with a layer of paint, then add more coats until your design is opaque. Let each coat dry before applying another. I used the 1/4″ angle brush and Pink Parfait for the wild roses and the round brush and Christmas Green for the leaves and stems, White for the daisies, and a mixture of Kings Gold and White for the flower centers.
Utilize the tip of the liner brush to paint Deep Burgundy details (just add dots of varying sizes) on the flower centers.
Dip the round brush into Deep Burgundy, Christmas Green, and White to add shadows and highlights to the stems and leaves.
Add lines on the flower petals with Deep Burgundy and Kings Gold with the liner brush. Add your initials and the last two digits of the year as well.
Trace over “be kind” with White and the liner brush. When the paint is completely dry, wipe away leftover chalk with a soft cloth or paper towel. Take the project outside and spray it with several coats of Plaid Acrylic Gloss Spray. Let it dry in the sun between coats.
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Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Everyone is allowed a $10 allowance for necessities to complete their project (i.e. paint brushes, glue, etc), but the bulk of it must be created from their own stash of goodies.