Oooh, I like the terra cotta, but ivory is nice, too.
Very nice, simple, yet offers a deeper view with the crane.
The pink and blue reminded me of
the time period in the eighties when everything with a surface had
eyelet cotton lace hot glued to it within an inch of it's life, then painted
bland pink, blue or green. Ugh! Remember all the teddy bears all over
the place with lace and ribbons and pearls? Cute, but glad we survived
wuvie...it reminded me of the 80's southwestern stuff...but the shape and motif are sorta timeless so i know i can figure out something...will have a look at paints tommorrow...i think ivory can be quite boring...but something sorta sand color...? i think it is gonna be a try it and see kinda thing...will probaby cost more in paint that it would have been brand new...but we need a mission don't we??
Hey sticks, think of the terracota as a base coat. With the right wipe on stain you could bring out the embossed areas and tone down the color. Doesn't have to be an actual stain...anything you have in a darker color...just add enough water to take it down and try it. If it doesn't work...well...there is always more paint.
Personally, I love the vase. Keep on and you'll find just the right covering.
lou...great minds think alike...i had thought about the 'stain' ...but to tell you the truth...i don't even know where the heck i am going to put this thing...much less what color to paint it to put it there...am i a goofy one or what??
Heavens no. Part of the pleasure of life is changing things, moving them...and on, and on.
If I were to tell you all the things I have changed and moved in just the last 48 hours...you wouldn't believe it. One of my favorite people is Mary Englebrite. Very famous and wealthy...all because of her artistic bent and she moves something every single day.
After it is stained it will give you another idea because it looks so different. Who cares...it was free...it has stimulated your creative juices and...we are off to the races. Life is exciting if we don't always just have to have things a certain way. It is your life...your vase...your home...just have fun.
louc...i so agree and i may tackle that tonight...i seem to do better at night with these projects...but i am so glad you suggested the watery brown as i had that in my little cabinet...and i won't have to buy anything else...i had to laugh when you said it cause that sounded like my brain talking :)
I think it has evolved well with what you have done. I agree with LouC - re stain in crevices.
Is that grass you planted in it, and if so, is it annual or perennial? The reason being that if it's perennial & you leave it in for too long, the roots will grow and start to fill the soil in the container's shape. To clarify: the shape & opening size of the container will dictate how difficult removal of plant material is. Been there, done that, and i'll never do an urn shape with perennials again!
In any case, I think you added to the impact with the depth of color you chose. Very nice!
katye...acutall it is a potted plant just stuck in it...as for doing anything i think i will quit while i am ahead...i have this thing of totally ruining stuff...then i get mad at myself etc etc...so what we see is what we get...maybe next year...thanks so much
Tooled leather - yes, that is spot on!
Sticks - I know exactly what you are talking about, so quitting, even temporarily, can be a very good thing.
It is striking, though & the improvement is excellent!
I agree that it looks better than it did.You could also paint random areas with unflavored yogurt and then rub it with Sheet moss,which is available through most florists.Keep it moist and you will have moss growing on it in no time!
I have been paying attention to your pot project SnS,
The last pic you have shared says it all. You have taken a well designed yet less then attractively painted piece and transformed it into what now looks like an ancient looking collectible worthy of any garden. It as an Egyptian,Greek, or Roman feel to me;...an old world look. Finished as it is,... it stands well!
An easy way to make an embossed areas to 'pop' without much work is to take a hot wet tea bag and run it over the creases, the tea should soak into the medium without much issue and bring out the designs a bit better however it is easily removed as time will dull the natural stain so if you don't like it wait a year and it will go away.
It does look nice, thanks for sharing with us.