Did you know you can paint decorative ceramic items? Well, you can!
I'm one of those people that will paint pretty much anything.
to name a few, so I didn't bat an eyelash over the thought of painting over
a pair of of ceramic vases I had.
This is what I was starting with.
I love these handmade vases that I bought years ago at a fancy shop.
They are large and heavy with hand applied ceramic petal pieces.
Although beautiful, this beige color just wasn't jiving in my new home
so I decided to change them up rather than get rid of them.
I started by spraying them with light blue satin spray paint that had
built in primer. This part can be a little scary because they
look horrible at this point, but keep going!
Next up, I dry brushed a warmer aqua color on top.
The before is on the left, after the aqua is on the right.
***Important...You must spray with a clear satin sealer at
this point and let dry before going to the next step.
If you haven't sealed and start applying watery paint in the
next step, you will remove your previous paint layer.
Make sure to use satin finish. If it is too glossy, the brown
wash in the next step will not adhere at all.
After they were sealed and dry, I brushed on watered down brown
acrylic paint over the petals. I turned them upside down so the
paint could seep into all the nooks and crannies.
While the paint is still wet, quickly...and patiently in this case with
all the petals!...wipe away the excess brown paint with soft rags.
"Before" the brown wash is shown on the left and "after" on the right.
The brown adds a lovely toned down look with lots of color
Seal with several coats of Rustoleum clear laquer, it gives a great high gloss finish.
I almost exclusively use Rustoleum spray paints (unless I can't find
a certain color) because they are just wonderful... and they didn't pay me to say that.
I didn't show this step but before I sealed with the laquer, I
dry brushed a little gold metallic paint on the edges of the petals.
Metallics are so hard for me to capture in a photo but you can see
glimpses of it in this photo.
Dazzling metallics in glorious gold is my go-to gold paint.
The "new" vases fit much better in our color scheme.
While I was at it I had a large cut work ceramic orb in bright
white that didn't really go with our decor either, so I applied
the same technique.
I used the same color paints as the vases. After completing all the
top of the ball until it puddled and let it drip down randomly around the ball.
I coated with with the high glass laquer for the final coat.
It looks much more shiny and metallic than this photo shows!
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