Sunday, June 24, 2012

Decoupaged French Pots

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Using decoupage as a transfer medium is all over blog-land, and I've been inspired by so many creative bloggers! I wanted to try this method of transferring images onto pottery ever since I saw the beautiful pots done by Laurie @ Heaven's Walk. She has a wonderful tutorial on it that is so easy to follow, and I had so much fun trying this method.
This small clay pot from the Dollar Tree had this yucky green color and I wanted to transform it into something more pleasant to look at:)
I gave it a couple of coats of burnt sienna craft paint:
Then, I applied a coat of white gesso. Rosemary @ Villabarnes  has a beautiful blog that will inspire you to use gesso to transform simple, everyday objects into amazingly beautiful things. I just love her work!
After applying a coat of gesso, I simply dabbed on some grey paint using a paper towel.
I had so much fun transforming the clay pot that I raided my garden shed for more terracotta planters to transform. I used the same method on the garden pot below. I flipped the French script on a photo editing site after downloading it from Karen's lovely site @ The Graphics Fairy. Then I applied a coat of mod podge on the graphic side,centered it on the pot and rubbed it on smooth with my fingers to remove all air bubbles. I let it dry overnight (5-6 hours, just like Laurie said). This was the hardest part because I was so tempted to take a peek. 
 Next morning, I misted the mod-podge graphic with water, let the water soak in for couple of minutes, then slowly rubbed off the paper using my thumb. I had to spray water couple of times to keep the graphic moist as I gently rubbed the paper off.
Close-up on the graphic after misting it with water:
The finished product:
I'm loving the decoupage method of image transfer; it works like a charm and looks amazing:

The paper backing is hardly visible. That's the best part of this method of image transfer and the image is so clear:
The French typography looks absolutely wonderful and I'm loving it. Thank you so much, Karen!
I'm quite happy with these decoupaged pots and am having fun playing with them. 

I planted thyme in this one and love how it looks in the pot:
I've kept these pots outdoors for now and will bring them inside once winter sets in:

In the flickering flame of candle light at dusk, they look beautiful:

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today. I'm so glad you stopped by. 
And my thanks to Kathryn @ the Dedicated House and the lovely sisters Paula and Patti @ Ivy and Elephants for featuring my Garden Party HERE and HERE. Thank you, ladies! You are so sweet, you make me smile:) Drop by and say hello to them or participate in their weekly parties and share your creativity with others.

Thanks to these wonderful hostesses for the Linky parties:




65 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Poppy, these pots turned out great. I have often wanted to download an image, but I am not sure I even know how to transfer and such. One of these days I will try, I have a few projects on my plate now and if I can get through them, I will give this a shot. xo

AshTreeCottage said...

I love this Poppy! I am going to show this to my mom and we will have so much fun working on this project!!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Jojo said...

I love these items! I'm inspired and will have to give this a try. Both turned out beautifully!!

Natasha in Oz said...

Poppy, they look incredible! You did a really good job on those.

I must go and visit the graphics fairy-I have n't been there for months!

Hope your week is wonderful!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz

chateau chic said...

Hi Poppy,
I'm loving your decoupaged pots! They turned out beautiful.
Mary Alice

Decor & Harmony said...

Amazing! The pots look great...I will have to give this a try :) thanks for sharing.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Absolutely beautiful, Poppy. Thanks for the shout out.

Heaven's Walk said...

Poppy! They turned out beautifully! You did an amazing job on them, girl!!! :) Did you seal them inside and out with spray waterproofing sealer? Just wanted to make sure that you didn't lose your amazing work! ♥

xoxo laurie

Little Miss Maggie said...

I have to try this method. I keep putting it off. These pots are very inspiring.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! You did a great job with these. I don't think I've visited your blog before. Anywho ... I'm your newest follower!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Poppy, you've done it again! Absolutely lovely!! I adore all of your posts!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Hope to see you again next week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness you are so talented!! These turned out beautifully!!

Lois Arnold said...

These look oh so French! Love them!
Lois

Cynthia said...

I love these pots!! I adore all things French they are just fantastic. I am going to give this a try.

Cynthia

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the pots, what a great makeover and I love the french script you applied. Gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Poppy,

Your decorated pots are gorgeous!!!

Dee

Kris said...

I like the way your pots turned out. I'm not well versed in the ways of transfers onto pots but I may try this sometime. :)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great job on the transfers and decoupage!

Creations By Cindy said...

WOW! These pots are awesome! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

mississippi artist said...

These are beautiful! They turned out so perfectly. Good job!

Snap said...

Poppy, the pots are wonderful. What a change! Thank you for your in depth post and links. I have a few pots I'd like to transform!

Sherry said...

Great job on your transfers, they look great!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I really like the flower pots! What a cute idea.

Coming from The Bunny Hop

TINA said...

Your pots turned out wonderful!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a wonderful job you did on the transfers! I remember using Gesso, and it must have been in high school art class. I love the flickering flame of the candle light at dusk. Visiting from the Bunny Hop.

Kelly said...

I love how those turned out! What an amazing transformation the green pot had. It doesn't look like the same pot at all. That's a good thing! Ha! They look so french now. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

allisamazing said...

Your pots looks amazing! What a fabulous transformation :)

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

I love your pots! Just wonderful! Thank you for sharing....I think I will give this method a try!
Leticia

Gail said...

Hi Poppy,

Your decoupaged pots looks great!

Gail

Judy Bigg said...

Great job Poppy, your pot looks so cute.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Poppy you totally outdid yourself. These are amazing.

Paula

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Thank you for sharing your project with us! It's a great tutorial and the pots are wonderful. . .

very merry vintage style said...

These are gorgeous and so unique! Thanks for your patience with the link up--I'm so glad you were able to join the party!
Mary

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Those are so pretty! I love them--they look very french. The candlelight looks amazing!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

Love it, love it! These look great! and it seemed so simple. Thank you for sharing. I am also a new follower.

Blessings,
Darlene

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful project.

- The Tablescaper

Lorrie said...

Great job on the pots. Love the French script.

Marlis said...

Poppy, your post is so inspiring.. I so want to try this this weekend.. Great tutorial and great great results.. be blessed, xo marlis

Honey at 2805 said...

Poppy, these are terrific! And to think you started with a dollar store item!

Thanks so much for the welcome back! I've missed you and everyone and hope to see you at Potpourri Friday!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Simply stunning, so well done, they are gorgeous!
Cindy

Honey at 2805 said...

Poppy, Thanks for sharing your charming project at Potpourri Friday!

Audrey-eleganteconomies.blogspot.com said...

Lovely jars♥ They came out so beautiful...thank you for the inspiration.

Jann Olson said...

Hi Poppy, your pots turned out so darn cute. I have been wanting to try this for a while now. I have a small bench I am going to pain white and I will try this method to add a graphic. Thamks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup.
Hugs,
Jann

Becky said...

Gorgeous...have been wanting to try this, so thanks to you, I believe I will!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love your pots! I have been seeing this all over blog land and am going to have to try it.
Visiting from Ivy and Elephants.

Dawne at D Magazine said...

I love this idea!

I don't want to offend anyone, but the color of terra cotta doesn't turn me on.

I might try this. Many, many pots in the garage not being used!

Cheers!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Wow!! So beautiful! Great job. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Poppy, The pots turned out fabulous!! I have wanted to try this project and your post has given me the push to get started. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

Connie@shabbyforsure said...

Hi, You did such a great job and made it look so easy. So far I have made 2 flower pots and one child's chair and found it REALLY IS EASY!! Thank you so much for inspiring me...Connie

Jody and Stan said...

I'll have to try this project. These pots are amazing, so pretty. Thanks for sharing.


Jody

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Poppy - you have inspired me to get out there and to do this once again! I love this method and the results are fantastic! Love the graphics you chose!
Itching to get started! I will be featuring this post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday! I appreciate you sharing,
Kathy

Sherry said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

You're a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! I love how these pots turned out. Thanks so much for linking up and inspiring us to break out of the terra cotta mold.

<3 Christina
http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/07/wildly-original-round-up-party-features.html

martinealison said...

Le résultat est magnifique... Vos pots sont élégants.
Un très joli blog ... je remercie Kathy pour ce partage.

Gros bisous.

Debbiedoo's said...

Look at you getting all super duper creative on this project. I LOVE it! Mod podge is so fun. Nice you used Rosemary's technique too...I have to try that some day. Gorgeous job Poppy!

It's All Connected said...

You've turned an ugly duckling, green pot into a gem! Love them both. But then, I'm addicted to image transfers. Following you now! ~ Maureen

Penny said...

I am new to blogging and just found you today at 2805! Love what you did with your pots..just wonderful! I am now a follower! Hug, Penny

Tammy said...

I love these would love it if you would share at our very first blog hop over at www.onemoretimeevents.blogspot.com
Hope to see you there!

Jen Lossing said...

These turned out great. I love the transformations! I also did a graphic transfer on a table using the Mod Podge method. I am excited to do another transfer using other techniques as well. Great job!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is awesome! Love it.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Little Susie Home Maker said...

OMG! Poppy, those look absolutely amazing! Boy, I love this form of transfer, and you used all the paint mediums so well. Now that rather weird little post from the dollar store looks so upscale and fab!
Blessings,
Susie

~ Liz ~ said...

Poppy, you left me such a sweet message, I decided to come back and see what else you've been up to and look what I was rewarded with!! This cool project. Wow, what a great idea, not only these pots but that flower wrapped candle. It's a two for one post with ideas abounding. Now I am going to have to read on...
Liz

The Vintage Chateau said...

Great pots, I'm anxious to try!
Karee

Donna said...

Your pots are amazing! I've tried the transfer method before without much luck! Maybe I'll t brave and try again. I especially love the graphic on the flower pots, I've used that one several times. Great job!

irena said...

Did you seal the pots afterwards as you said you kept them outside? Great looking pots!!! Thanks for sharing. irena