Custom Design Clay Pots

by | Jul 10, 2022

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Final display of custom design clay pots with new Terra clay based paint in galaxy, pistachio, moonbeam, lani's lagoon, cerulean blue, and blue agave
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I’m dressing up ALL the clay pots over here!  

Can’t stop!  Won’t stop!

BUT this time it’s different!

I’m using the new TERRA clay-based paint! 

It’s a TEST! Oh, I love a good test and comparison so it’s ON!

Two years ago, I painted several of my clay pots with Dixie Belle’s Chalk Mineral paint (you can read the blog all about it here). 

I purposely used different types of top coats and products to see what held up the best in the sun and rain.  

For example:

> I chose to paint and did NOT apply a top coat for one

> After, I painted and applied a satin top coat to another one

> Finally, I painted and applied Gator Hide top coat to a different one

They have ALL weathered the outdoor elements beautifully!  They are in full sun all day, and all three still look great!  Their color has held. There was no chipping, peeling, or yellowing! If I had to choose which pot looks the absolute best, I’d choose the one with the Gator Hide top coat. The sheen is still gorgeous and the color is the richest.

So THIS time, I used the new Terra Clay paint to see how it weathers over time in comparison to the chalk-painted pottery.

Interested in watching the process from start to finish? Head on over to YouTube and see the magic unfold!

Interested in watching the process from start to finish?

Head on over to YouTube and watch the magic unfold.

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Clay pots painted previously with Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint for custom design clay pots
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I did not prep the pots in any way.  To be completely honest, it rained for hours the night before this project so I felt like they were rinsed really well.  The pots had fully dried before I started this process but it wouldn’t have mattered if they were still damp since clay-based paint works beautifully with water. That means a damp clay pot would have been just fine!

I chose to work with colors that went with my backyard color scheme:

-Pistachio (green)

-Moon Beam (white)

-Lani’s Lagoon (aqua)

-Blue Agave (grayish blue)

-Blue Moon (dark blue)

-Cerulean Blue (blue)

Let me just say this type of paint is amazing in the way the colors work together to make new colors and the way it flows so beautifully with water. You really cannot mess it up!  

Once I chose my color palette, I just began applying paint and spritzing with water using my mister bottle. Afterward, I just kind of followed the lead of the paint!  

Tracey painting custom design clay pot with pistachio green clay-base paint from Terra
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First up, is the green pot.

The pistachio green pot is my favorite!  It is mind-blowing to me that it has such amazing coverage with a single coat, and that I can move it around with water, yet it holds its vibrancy and coverage!  The green began to dry almost immediately!  This allowed me the ability to begin applying the white (Moonbeam) paint on top of it and using water to create the organic drips that I was after! 

Applying pistachio clay paint onto pot
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Moonbeam added and sprayed with water to create drips on custom design clay pot
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I was hoping for a salty-sea type of finish and that is exactly what I was able to create!  To do this, I did apply small bits of Lani’s Lagoon in the aqua color to bring in a bit of a patina look as well.  I just touched the pot with my loaded brush, and then hit it with a few pumps of water.  

Finished painted clay pot in pistachio green
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The darker blue pot with the sun was a lot of fun to create, and it took so little time!  

I covered the entire pot in Blue Moon. Once dry, I began to blend in some of the other blues with my premium chip brush and water.  

Painting custom design clay pots using terra clay-based paint in blue agave
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Using Terra clay-based paint in Blue Agave to paint custom design clay pots
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Painting clay-based paint onto clay pot for custom design look
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Tracey showing Terra clay-base paint in Blue Agave and how it looks dry versus wet
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The sun’s face changed several times as I played around the sun’s rays and lips and eyes.  

blending moonbeam and pistachio onto clay pots
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Finished blended sun's face on custom design clay pot
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Applying moonbeam to face of sun on clay pot
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Spraying water on wet paint
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Painting pistachio onto sun's face on clay pot
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Dripping moonbeam onto sides of clay pots for texture
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Spraying water on sun's face to create dripping effect with Terra clay-based paint
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Painting sun's face on custom design clay pots
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Adding texture to the clay pots with premium chip brushes and water
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The paint dries so quickly which makes it fun to work with because it changes in color right before your eyes.  

You can see in the photo below the difference between the wet paint vs. the dry paint.  

Tracey showing the difference between wet and dry paint for clay-base Terra line
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However, when you apply your top coat of choice (Gator Hide or Terra Wax), you actually bring the “wet color” back to life!  It’s like magic!!

I chose to do VERY little to the tallest piece of pottery.  

I gave it a ring around the neck with the Lani’s Lagoon before I sprayed it with water and watched it naturally drip down the original patina and chippy pot. 

Feeling like it needed more color, I added a layer of pistachio just under the aqua band, and again, just kept hitting it with water.  

The drips of lime green and swimming pool blue looked so yummy moving across the reds and orange of the terracotta pot that I chose to leave it just like that!

Painting neck of custom design clay pots with terra clay based paints
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Using top coat to create a textured finish on custom design clay pots
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Finished dripping texture on tall clay pot with clay-based paint
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I allowed the pots to dry overnight, knowing there was no rain in the forecast.

Also, keep in mind when using Terra paint on outdoor projects, the paint must be sealed or it will literally wash right off!

The next day I applied a single coat of Gator Hide to all three pots!

The paint became rich with color as if it had just been painted!  

I love this reaction. It’s the “coming back to life” of the intended paint color!  

Glam shot of finished custom design clay pots that were painted with Tera clay-based paints
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The pistachio green became vibrant!!!

The blue moon became rich!

The drippy terracotta pot came alive with drippy goodness!

And now, the final test is in progress!!

To one side of my pool sits my gorgeous teal and blue pots painted with chalk mineral paint over two years ago!

Now the newly painted pots in the Terra clay paint sit to the left of my pool, ready to stand the test of time as well!

I’ll revisit this blog next year and let you know how things are holding up!

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Stay tuned because the Terra clay-based paint will be added once the new paint line is launched in July!

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4 Comments

  1. Bev

    Love the things you paint. I wish I had your vision and half your talent I would be happy.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      You can TOTALLY improve! We all start from somewhere and I’ve gotten so much better throughout the years (I’m not a trained artist, I was a nurse!). You just have to start!

      Reply
  2. Shirley Morgan

    Breathtaking .. awesome .. Tracey I love watching your videos. Thank you. I simply must must try my hand at some projects.

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    • Tracey Bellion

      Thank you so much!!! You definitely can! What kind of project are you thinking of starting with?

      Reply

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