Little Liberty Hand Painted Flower Pot
I’ve been having so much fun painting lately. Although I’ve already made an Uncle Sam Concrete Paver and an Ice Cream Cone Flower Pot, there was one more project I wanted to do for July 4th. My personal bathroom is decorated in a “big city” theme that includes London, Paris, and New York City. My inspiration for today’s Little Liberty Hand Painted Flower Pot came from a picture of the Statue of Liberty on one of those walls. Painting our famous statue with fireworks behind it was a great way to combine the symbol of America’s freedom with our celebration of Independence Day.
- 6” terra cotta flower pot with tray
- clear acrylic gloss sealer
- paint brushes- 2” sponge, 1” sponge, 1/6 angle (Plaid), 10/0 spotter (Plaid)
- Apple Barrel paints- 20404 Black, 2605E Crimson, 21465 Candy Pink, 20582 Creamy Peach, 20583 Victorian Green, 20360E Light Yellow, 20503 White, 20566 Blue Stoneware, 2613E Caribbean, and Folk Art 456 True Burgundy
Paint the flower pot with Crimson, and the tray with White, using the 2” and 1” sponge brushes. It took 3 coats to cover my pot adequately. I wanted the terra cotta of the pot to barely show through behind the Crimson paint. It’s definitely easier to paint the upper edge of the pot and the inside of the tray with the 1” brush.
Draw your version of Lady Liberty with a pencil. I freehanded mine, because I wanted it to look like a girlish version of her in cartoon form. There are many pencil drawings of the Statue of Liberty that can be printed, then traced onto your painting surface by rubbing colored chalk on the back side before tracing. You can see one example here.
Paint Liberty’s dress with Victorian Green, and her flesh with Creamy Peach, using the 1/6 angle brush. You want the paint to be opaque, with none of the red background showing through.
Paint the lines on her dress, crown, tablet, and torch with Blue Stoneware and the 10/0 spotter brush. From now on you will be using the spotter brush exclusively.
Shade all of the fleshy parts with Blue Stoneware and the 10/0 spotter brush. Paint the whites of her eyes with White (obviously), her nose with Blue Stoneware, and her lips and cheeks with Crimson.
Shade the crown, gown, and torch with Black. Highlight with White. Make sure you’re rinsing the brush out in between colors.
Paint the iris’s of the eyes Caribbean.
Outline the eyes in Black, and make the pupil of the eye. I painted the eyelashes at this point initially, but should’ve waited until I finished the hair- I had to redo them. Use True Burgundy as your base for the hair. Shade it with Black, then highlight with Creamy Peach.
Begin the firework lines with Creamy Peach. Add Pure Pink. Finish with White. Go back and make a circle in the center of the firework with Crimson.
Paint the torch with Crimson, then highlight with Light Yellow. Sign your piece with White. I painted my initials, then added the year.
One everything dries, spray with a few coats of clear acrylic gloss sealer.
Your all done!
Happy 4th of July!
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