Even though this is one of my favorite times of year I just can't help but think of summer. Patios covered with colorful overflowing planters are something I always look forward to. There is something so new and refreshing about choosing the look of each season's planters. While waiting for that time to come I use a few houseplants and flower pots to bring some green indoors.
  I've always wanted to try decoupage. In the crafting world it's HUGE but for me it's always been a little foreign. Besides some sad attempts at decoupaging my college dorm room desk I haven't done it much. After hearing about this brand new line of decoupage product from Martha Stewart Crafts I thought I'd give it another try. What can I say I'm a sucker for anything new. Unlike regular mod podge this is water resistant. I though I'd try it out on a terra-cotta pot. Here's what happened....
  • Terra Cotta Clay Pot
  • Water Resistant Decoupage Medium
  • Vintage Maps
  • Painters Tape and Soft Bristle Brush    

*opt. Walnut Colored Wood Stain

*optional pre-step: Stain your pot using a water based stain in a dark brown or gray color. You can use a rag or foam pouncer. You may need a second coat. If you want an antiqued look you can use a bristol brush and apply stain in a horizonal direction. 

Measure out your map to fit around the circumference of the pot. For mine I used a map made of decoupage paper. Since I am basically new to decoupage, I believe what makes this paper stand apart is it's durability. The paper seems like a heavy fabric type paper almost like the kind used in dollar bills. I also am guessing the ink on the paper is made to resist bleeding as well as warping while the decoupage medium is wet. 

Using the painters tape mask off the area below the rim of the pot. Because of the shape of the pot you have to really work it into the crease; you don't want to get any decoupage medium underneath the rim of the pot.

Brush the medium on both sides of the pot. Let this dry. This will serve as your base coat to protect the paper from excess moisture. Let dry. Now apply the medium again and extra to the back of the map. Carefully press the map onto the pot. Since your dealing with a curved surface you might want to use your hands to smooth it around the lip. While your applying the paper you want to avoid trapping air bubbles under the surface. You may even want to use a brayer to roll the paper from center out to the end. 

Apply about 3 coats in total. To increase the longevity of this pot use a plastic growing pot inside or entirely coat with a protective layer of decoupage or clear acrylic waterproof sealer. Since this product has been sold in retail less than a year, I can't personally speak for its durability outdoors.

I hope you enjoyed this brief tutorial.
I'm really pleased with the outcome and
have found a renewed  love for decoupage.
The possibilities or this craft are endless!

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