This hand-painted planter is very bright and happy. I am typically drawn to more neutral-colored geometric designs, but this turned out so fun that it’s hard not to love. It would be the perfect addition to add a pop of color to your home. You can use it to hold flowers on your windowsill, as an herb planter in the kitchen, or even use it to hold pens and pencils in the office.
The painting technique itself is very simple. Since the flowers are so abstract, it’s hard to make mistakes. Get creative and show me how your version turns out! Tag your project with #styleandspice on Instagram so I can see your masterpiece.
Start by painting your flower pot using white paint and a foam brush. It took me about 4 coats of paint in order to get the coverage that I was looking for. Be sure to let the paint try in between each coat.
Begin painting circles and abstract shapes that will eventually become flowers. I started off using all different mixes of red and pink paint, occasionally watering it down to give it a watercolor look. Don’t worry about over thinking anything – it’s supposed to look random and imperfect.
Continue to use the same method to paint more abstract flowers. I slowly began to add touches of orange, yellow, purple and blue. Even though I only used 5 colors of paint, mixing them together allowed me to have lots of variation in color. Keep painting until almost all of the white paint is covered up with color.
To add a final touch to the painting process, mix the yellow and blue paint together to create a green color. Paint leaves around some of the flowers, and allow the paint to completely dry before moving on to the final step.
Once the paint is dry, use a Sharpie to create the detail of the flowers. I used Sharpie instead of black paint because I find it easier to control. The shape of the paint will help you decide the end shape of the flower you will draw. Since it is abstract design, you don’t have to worry about your flowers being accurate or not. The painting process can be quick and mindless, but work a little slower when you’re using the Sharpie. You’ll want to make sure the lines you draw and clean and crisp.
That’s it! You’re done! I planted some succulents that I bought at The Home Depot in my pot. I thought it added the perfect whimsical touch that played off the design well. If you’re using your planter outside, you may want to seal it with some sort of spray or paint so the Sharpie won’t fade over time.
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