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2 Ways to Decorate Ceramic Vases

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Have you seen our new collection of unglazed ceramic blanks? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! They feature these two styles of large vases, amongst other things, which I thought I’d have a go at decorating with some trendy techniques! I’m loving copper at the moment, so that had to feature, and I really liked the quirkiness of the other design in an on-trend shade of blue.

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Newspaper (optional)

Copper spray paint – available in store

 

Pastel blue spray paint – available in store

Copper Vase:

Step-1

Decide on your design. I wanted to go very simple, and liked the copper dipped effect, so chose to have only some of the vase sprayed copper.

Top Tip! . . .If you want the bottom of your vase completely white, make sure to tape off the whole section. I didn’t and ended up with some slight spray below to create a faint stripe, which I actually quite liked!

Step-2

Mask off the areas you don’t want covered in spray paint with the masking tape. If you’re doing a straight line all the way round, make sure it matches up as you go or it won’t meet right at the end!
Top Tip! . . .Don’t spray too much at once, or the paint will start to drip. Short bursts are better, building up layers of paint as you need to.

Step-3

Find a well ventilated area, preferably outside, and lay down your newspaper to protect the floor. Shake your can of spray paint and then proceed to spray onto your vase, at a distance of about 15-20 cm.

Step-4

Leave to dry for a few hours.

Step-5

Remove the masking tape, and seal with a layer of mod podge. Leave to dry.

Blue Painted Vase:

Step-1

Mask off the areas you don’t want covered in spray paint with the masking tape – I chose to cut mine off about three quarters of the way up. If you’re doing a straight line all the way round, make sure it matches up as you go or it won’t meet right at the end!

Step-2

Find a well ventilated area, preferably outside, and lay down your newspaper to protect the floor. Shake your can of spray paint and then proceed to spray onto your vase, at a distance of about 15-20 cm. Leave to dry for a few hours.

Step-3

Remove the masking tape. Using a pencil, draw on the small arrow shapes lightly, making rows all the way round. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can simply rub it out with a rubber!

Step-4

Make sure all your pencil lines are as light as can be – use a rubber to lighten if necessary. Using the acrylic, paint over the faint lines you’ve drawn in the peach acrylic, starting from the top and working down. Leave to dry.

Step-5

Seal with a coat of mod podge.

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