Hand Painted Black-Eyed Susan Flower PotsI wanted to decorate my side porch with items that reflect our surroundings. I have a gorgeous patch of Black-Eyed Susans along the brick walk up that leads to our side porch. What could be more fun than hand-painting a few bright yellow flowers on some hunter green pots?
- clay flower pots and trays (mine were 4” tall)
- acrylic gloss spray
- 1/4 angle brush 50602 Plaid
- 0/10 spotter brush 50600 Plaid
- 1/8 angle brush 50602 Plaid
- 1” foam brush
- Black-Eyed Susan coloring sheet- get yours here
- paints- American Yellow Ochre and Asphaltum, Folk Art True Burgundy and Vintage White, Apple Barrel 20360 Light Yellow Gloss, 20407 Hunter Green, and 20472 Leaf Green
- baby wipe
- colored chalk (a color that will contrast with the flower pot color)
Instructions:Paint the flower pots and trays with several coats of Hunter Green using the 1″ sponge brush. Let dry. You can use a hair dryer to hurry things along. Print a copy of the Black-Eyed Susan Coloring Sheet. Turn the paper over and rub colored chalk on the back. I used purple, but any color will work against the darkness of the Hunter Green. Lay the coloring sheet on the flower pot and trace the flowers with a pencil. The chalk on the back of the coloring sheet will create a lovely flower pattern for you to paint. Paint the flowers Yellow Ochre using the 1/4 angle brush. This will take several coats of paint. Rinse the brush, then paint the flower centers Asphaltum. Let dry. Use the 1/8 angle brush to paint Light Yellow highlights on the flower petals (this step is pictured above, as well as below). Rinse the brush, then use True Burgundy to paint a circle in the middle of the Asphaltum flower centers. Let dry. Use the 0/10 spotter brush to make a circle of Light Yellow dots around the True Burgundy flower centers. Make a few Light Yellow highlights along the right side of the flower centers as well. Let dry. Next, use the 1/8 angle brush to paint a few Antique White highlights on the flower petals, and on one side of the flower centers. Let dry. Wiggle in some green vine squiggies (use the 0/10 spotter to make the squiggies), stems, and leaves using a mixture of the Hunter Green and Leaf Green paints and the 1/8 angle brush. Let dry. I always finish my projects by painting my initials and the year somewhere near the bottom of the painted surface. Wipe off any leftover chalk gently with a baby wipe. Take the pots outdoors, and spray with acrylic gloss sealer. You’re done! Time to put some plants in those pots!
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