I recently ordered a few new-to-me Dixie Belle paint colors including two beautiful shades of aqua, The Gulf and Mermaid Tail.
Plus I already had Sea Glass on hand, a lighter shade of aqua.
I painted a really pretty dressing table in this color in 2018.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show a comparison of these three shades of aqua in case any of you are looking for a good aqua. And what better way to do that than painting up some clay pots?
All three colors provided a perfect background for more of the Classic Vintage Labels from re.design with prima.
The Mermaids Tail is a deep, rich, teal …
The Gulf is a classic turquoise …
The Sea Glass is a pale, more subtle version of aqua.
So, what do you think? Is there one of these colors that appeals to you more than the others?
Here are a few q-tips about painting and/or adding transfers to clay pots. Always keep in mind that clay pots are porous, they are meant to allow water to seep through the clay. Because of that, it’s never a good idea to plant something directly into a decorated clay pot unless you are prepared for the paint/transfer/whatever to break down. Instead keep your plant in a plastic liner pot and remove it to water.
Let it drain, and then put it back in the decorative clay pot.
Keep in mind that adding a top coat to the outside of the pot won’t prevent water coming through from inside the pot and lifting your paint/transfer from behind it. You could try sealing the pot both inside and out, but I think even the most durable top coat would break down over time with wet dirt up against it.
If you want to protect the outside of the pot since you’ll be handling it or water might occasionally get splashed on it, you can add a wax or water-based top coat of some kind like Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat or Miss Mustard Seed’s Tough Coat. I added just a light coat of wax to these pots.
Finally, if you’re like me and you’re OK with replacing items like these after a shorter life-span, just go ahead and plant directly in them (or use them outdoors) and just plan on replacing them down the road. After all, it’s always fun to make more, right?
While I had the aqua paint out, I painted a few more things too. So stay tuned, we’re about to embark upon a week full of aqua.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the paint for this project, and to re.design with prima for providing the Classic Vintage Labels transfer.
You can find Dixie Belle paint here.