DIY Aged Terracotta Pot
- Terracotta Pot and Saucer – Can be found at Ace Hardware
- Amy Howard at Home ® Toscana Milk Paint™ – Strasburg White, Amalfi Coast, Tuscan Sun
- Amy Howard at Home ® Antiquing Glaze™
- Amy Howard at Home ® Matte Sealer
- Amy Howard at Home ® Copy Cat™
- Ink or LaserJet Print (Reverse Image)
- (2) China Bristle Brushes
- Glass or Plastic Bowls
- Lint-free T-Shirt Rags
- (2) Natural Sea Wool Sponges
- Sponge Brush
- Putty Knife
1. Clean Pot and Saucer
Clean Terracotta Pot and Saucer with Amy Howard at Home ® Clean Slate™ using a Lint-free T-Shirt Rag.
2. Mix Toscana Milk Paint with Water and Strain
Mix Amy Howard at Home ® Toscana Milk Paint™ in Strasburg White with water at a 1:1 ratio. Mix to the consistency of thin pancake batter. Pass through Cheesecloth to remove any froth or lumps that might not have mixed completely.
3. Apply Toscana Milk Paint
Using a China Bristle Brush, apply the Toscana Milk Paint™ – Strasburg White to all surfaces of the Terracotta Pot and Saucer. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes, or dry to the touch.
4. Dilute Antiquing Glaze
Mix Amy Howard at Home ® Antiquing Glaze™ with water at a 1:1 ratio to dilute.
5. Apply Antiquing Glaze
Saturate Natural Sea Wool Sponge in water. Then immerse into the diluted Antiquing Glaze™, and lightly squeeze sponge so that it is not dripping, but keeping enough solution in the sponge to reduce tool marks within your Toscana finish. Organically pounce the sponge over entire surface. As you begin to add the glaze, the Toscana Milk Paint™ will reactivate and wear away creating a beautiful, aged look to your piece. *Save solution and sponge for second application at Step 9. Allow to dry 20-30 minutes. If there are areas that need additional antiquing, or if there are any areas that had too much paint removed, those adjustments can be made at this point. Allow to dry 20-30 minutes.
6. Combine Toscana Milk Paint to Create Custom Green Color
Create green moss color by combining dry Toscana Milk Paint™ powder in Amalfi and Tuscan Sun at a 2:1 ratio. Mix the powder dry, then add equal amount water, and mix to the consistency of a thin pancake batter. Pass through a layer of Cheesecloth to remove any froth or lumps that might not have mixed completely.
7. Apply Custom Green Milk Paint
Prime second Natural Sea Wool Sponge by saturating with water and squeezing to remove all excess. Using softened Natural Sea Wool dipped in green Toscana Milk Paint™, organically pounce onto lower portion of Terracotta Pot (heavier at the bottom and gradually lighter towards center of pot for a natural moss effect), and to top and bottom of Terracotta Saucer. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes, or dry to the touch, it will be a lighter color.
8. Apply Diluted Antiquing Glaze
Repeat Step 5 to antique, organically pouncing until desired amount of wearing away and aging is achieved.
9. Apply Matte Sealer
After Terracotta Pot has dried 30 minutes, use Sponge Brush to apply Amy Howard at Home ® Matte Sealer to entire surface. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes.
10. Apply Copy Cat to Pot
11. Apply Copy Cat to Picture and Adhere Image to Prepared Surface
Apply an even layer of Copy Cat™ to image side of print, making sure to get even, consistent coverage. While Copy Cat™ is still wet, adhere image to the prepared surface. Use Putty Knife to burnish paper onto surface, being sure to push out any air bubbles and large wrinkles. Allow image to bind to surface and dry for at least 2 hours.
12. Wet Paper and Rub it Away
After image is completely adhered to surface, use a T-Shirt Rag with water to rub and wear away paper and expose print. Make sure T-Shirt Rag is damp but not soaked, as too much water could potentially wear away the image. Continue to wear away paper until all paper fibers have been removed from surface. Allow to dry 30-45 minutes.