For this weeks craft post I want to share with you my contribution to the celebration with my Mexican Textiles Painted pot. It is super simple and really only calls for measuring abilities, a steady hand (reasonably), and a few hours of focus. That, and a pot and some paint.
This craft was kind of unplanned in a way. I had a pot that I was going to use for my succulent clippings and I wanted to decorate it. So when I realized that Friday (today, that is) was Cinco de Mayo I decided to go the Mexican way.
I did some research and came up with a handful of designs that I really liked. However, I soon discovered that my new succulent clippings, Hens and Chicks that I got from my kind neighbor, wouldn't need that big of a pot. In fact, my project(s) wouldn't need that big of a pot either. I considered making a quick trip to the store for smaller pots instead but I was running out of time.
So I chose one design, the simpler one since my pot was so big, and set about making it happen.
By the way, what do you think of my four example sketches? Which would you have chosen? Easily, my favorite is the floral but I have bigger plans for that one. While we're on the topic, you might take a look at some Polish traditional flowers too. So pretty!
Here's how I figured would be best to start. I gave the pot a little clean with some cleaner and a cloth and then let it dry. Sometimes these pots can get really dirty sitting out in the garden center before you purchase them. There are times when a bird has done a number on the exact ones I wanted. But it's not a permanent problem.
To start, I took a ruler and measured 1/2 inch from the bottom. I marked it with a pencil and moved over a few inches where I did the same. I continued around the pot until I had enough guidelines in even intervals. The next layer I made 1/4 inch thick. I went on to add layers in mixed thickness until I had 10 layers. Next I used my flexible ruler (because you can't do this with a firm one) and curved it gradually to meet the first two lines along the bottom of the pot that I had marked. With my pencil, I traced the line and then worked my way around the pot again and again until I had filled in all 10 separate layers. I already had an idea of what colors I wanted to use so I marked the initials of the color I intended to use at the point I had designated as the seam.
Once again, I took to my favorite pastime of mixing paints. For the base green I chose a simple forest green. For the next color I mixed a generous amount of yellow into the forest green. The next color of green was a pale green straight from the bottle.
This was exciting and painstaking at the same time. Insuring that you stay in the lines you have drawn but not overspending your time is a balance only you can decide on. I am naturally impatient but my desire to do things right steadies me a little. This was a time when I really wanted straight lines. And yet, as you can see, I still couldn't "do-it-with-a-ruler" straight, even if I felt steady. All I can do is quote Mia Thermopolis and say, "As always, this is as good as it's going to get."
Here was the clincher. After all my research on the proper colors I knew I would need to use red. But I don't like red, and I don't like black, and if I have to use red then don't let it be against yellow. I fudged a little and orange-d down the red, as you can see in the above picture, but in the end I knew I needed some real red and even some blue. The picture above is the first conclusion. Afterward, when I had already cleaned the mess up and set it all aside, I came back with bright red and bright blue, hoping to achieve a better Mexican textile feel. I'm not really sure whether I accomplished it or not.
This is the finished pot -- greens, blue, red, yellow. What do you think? Frankly, except for the greens, these are not my preferred colors or color mixture. I love copying traditional colors for authentic themes but aside from traditional, I get pretty temperamental about color schemes. But who doesn't love a good Mexican pot or Tex-Mex theme?! Actually, it reminds me of the Mexican food we had for lunch -- yum!
Maybe in a few weeks I'll have another post showing you my little Hens and Chicks and their specially designed pots, and Alberta in hers. I also have to do a follow up post on my succulent clippings. There's a lot to be said where they are concerned and I can't wait to share it with you!
So do you like my Mexican Textiles Painted pot? I had a lot of fun making it, trying to keep the stripes straight. I don't do tons of painting these days, though I used to paint village houses every Christmas season. It's sometimes very relaxing to run a paintbrush over an object and enjoy the clean brush strokes. It's therapeutic.
And that's it for this week! What are you doing for Cinco de Mayo? Let me know in the comments below!
Come back soon to see what else is going on at Ginger Peachy!!