This month, our Plaid HQ Lunch and Learn for our staff used a ton of surfaces – terra cotta, wood and fabric – to get a feel for working on multiple surfaces using our new FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint that works on just about any surface. We’re excited to share the project instructions with you to have a chance to craft with us! Chris Williams designed and led our workshop to make a cute decorative pot and personalized plant poke. This would be so perfect for a baby shower centerpiece personalized with the baby’s initial, a fun housewarming gift, or to spread a little cheer in your own home. Check out more photos from our event to see what else we made.
Oh, and if you make this project too, we’d love to see – please show it off and upload it to our community craft gallery!
- 2894 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Wicker White
- 2896 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Bright Pink
- 2915 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Citrus Green
- 2921 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Aqua
- 2934 FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint – Licorice
- 34034 Stencil Brush – 3/8”
- 30623 FolkArt Painting Stencil – Ditsy Floral
- 50147 Dauber Set
- 4” Terra cotta pot
- Scrap of muslin fabric
- Wood cut-out letter for personalization
- Small wood dowel
- Brush basin or container for water
- Foam plate
- Paper towels
- Sponge applicator
- No. 6 Flat brush
- Hot glue gun – glue sticks
- Leaf Template Download: leaf-pattern
- Basecoat the terra cotta pot base with Aqua and the rim with Wicker White. Allow to dry. Reapply if needed.
- Using dauber, paint Bright Pink flower circles randomly around base of terra cotta pot.
- Load small flat brush with Wicker White and paint straight lined flower petal strokes around the Bright Pink center.
- Load handle end of flat brush with Licorice and paint dots around the flower center.
- Load small flat brush with Citrus Green and paint small leaves around the simple daisy flowers
- Paint Licorice checkerboard stripes around the rim of the terra cotta pot against the Wicker White basecoat.
- Using template provided, cut leaf strip from a scrap piece of muslin or cotton blend woven fabric.
- Lay leaf strip of fabric onto work surface and place stencil over it. Load the stencil brush with Citrus Green and stencil the overall floral pattern. You will need to lift and relocate the stencil to continue stenciling the overall pattern.
- Paint the oval wood letter as desired. I basecoated my letter “C” Wicker White, the scalloped oval Bright Pink. When dry, add polka dots of Aqua and Citrus Green on the oval shape and Licorice tiny polka dots on the letter “C”.
- Paint the small wood dowel Citrus Green. Allow to dry.
- Assemble the personalized plant poke using hot glue. Also hot glue the leaf fabric strip to the dowel and tie a double knot with the leaf ends.
- If desired add a real plant to your terra cotta pot or add a piece of foam, some moss and a few silk daisies as I did on this project.
Project Tip: Beginner painters love painting polka dots as they can be created so easily. Try using a circular stencil, a dauber, a spouncer, the handle end of a paint brush, the eraser end of a pencil, a toothpick, and the point of a dead ballpoint pen, a stylus or even a cotton swab. There are so many common household tools that can be used to paint polka dots.