Hi everyone! This is Jennifer Priest. We're getting our home ready for summer fun by creating a mini gravel courtyard with a fire pit and chairs where we can sit and make s'mores or relax while barbecuing. The stark gray gravel we laid down to form the courtyard area was begging for color! I recently decided to go with a "Mexican fiesta" theme in our backyard and planted colorful geraniums, gerbera daisies, succulents, cacti, and snapdragons in terra cotta pots to brighten up the gravel landscape. But something was missing... I've recently been pinning lots of colorful painted pots to my Pinterest boards and wondered if I could paint something similar on my own terra cotta pots. Sure I could, with the help of the Sizzix eclips 2 to make stencils! Here's how I made Stenciled Garden Pots to personalize them for a latin-inspired courtyard.
The Sizzix eShape store is filled with hundreds of shapes to choose from to make stencils for any theme. I chose the Floral Design by Dena Designs in the Sizzix eShape Store to accent one of the pots and then typed the word "jardin", which means "garden" in Spanish, using the text tool in the Sizzix eCal software. I used the Barketina1 font from dafont, which I also used to create upcycled plant markers last month, as it is well-suited to stenciling because of the way the letters are formed. You can use any font but the more intricate the font, the more difficult the vinyl stencil will be to manage. Also, since the terra cotta pots are curved bother vertically and horizontally, applying a stencil to them is already a bit of a difficult task.
The paint will seep under the edges of the vinyl stencil because the stencil will not be able to lay flush on the surface due to the curved nature of the pots. As you apply paint with a stencil brush, carefully press the stencil down with the brush and be careful to keep the brush perpendicular to the pot (straight up and down versus using the brush at an angle).
Here are the finished stenciled terra cotta pots:
The stenciling can be sealed with a spray sealer, available in the paint department of home improvement stores. I'm thinking about adding more detail to the stenciled images with a paint brush but I really like them as they are right now.
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