the aquas.

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.

If you’re looking for re.design with prima products you can find local retailers here, or online sources here.

25 thoughts on “the aquas.

  1. Love all of them! I think I’m most partial to the sea glass because of its softness. However, I can definitely see myself using the other 2 on several outdoor projects I have coming up. Especially for things out a bit where you’d want a brighter color to stand out. I’ve gotta get on the clay pot bandwagon! I just love them.

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  2. Pretty pops of color during these winter days. And thanks for the reminder of leaving the plant in the sleeve when putting a transfer on the pot. On my list this week: sea for cyclamens.

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      1. I’ll be interested to hear if cyclamens are as readily available down there as they are here up north. They are a pretty common potted plants for us in the winter months.

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  3. Thanks for this post Miss Quandie…….I posted it to my Pinterest “paint colors” board. It’ll be a time saver if I’m contemplating something in blue!

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  4. These pots are so cute! I just did a piece in The Gulf but really love the look of Sea Glass. That’ll be one of my next purchases I think.

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  5. Thank you for the comparison of these gorgeous colors. It’s so helpful to see the paints like this. And I’m surprised that I think The Gulf may be my favorite as I would have said Seal Glass would be before reading your post.

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