5.02.2011

Guest Post! The Creative Goddess

I am continually amazed at the creativity out there. Today I have Vicki from The Creative Goddess. I had the brief pleasure of meeting Vicki in January, for about 30 seconds!

She is brilliant and creative and I am super happy she is here today sharing a great project for Mother's Day, for teachers, and well, for anyone  - even yourself...I am breaking out my DecoArt Patio Paints and making some of these too! So pretty...and I happen to love...geraniums - one of the few things I do not kill - the previous homeowner here had planted many varieties of geraniums all around this house and they continue to bloom and be beautiful (in spite of me).
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Hi! I'm Vicki O'Dell from The Creative Goddess blog. I've worked as a professional crafter/designer for more than 10 years. I started out creating in craft industry catalogs, retail advertising, store displays, trade websites and blogs. I've also done work for DIY, HGTV, and Public Television. I spent several years in floral design and interior design and while I started my blog 3 years ago it's only been in the last 9 months or so that I've been sharing my creative side. I'm having a BLAST, meeting lots of wonderful people and learning so many amazing new things!
I brought along a project to share with you... I hope you like it!
I can't help myself... I LOVE Geraniums!! They are such bright, colorful and HAPPY flowers.  Unfortunately, where I live I can only see them in the summer. So I decided to create some geraniums of my own that I can look at all year long.  It's a very EASY craft.  Go ahead... give it a try.  Even if you think you can't paint, you can do THIS!  
Oh, and by the way, I'm not a big fan of going out to buy specific paint colors for projects like this so feel free to substitute with what you have on hand.
SUPPLIES:
Acrylic Paints -
Americana - Light Buttermilk
Crafter's Acrylic - Luscious Lemon
Crafter's Acrylic - Pine Needle
Americana - Foliage Green
Americana - Napa Red
Folk Art - Engine Red
Natural sponge
Round paint brush
Clay pot sealer
To begin, you may wish to coat your pots with a Clay Pot Sealer.  If you don't you may want to only put plants into the pots that are inside other, smaller pots. Otherwise, the water will leach into the paint and possibly cause it to peel off. 

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Paint the pots with a coat or two of any light, off white color acrylic paint.
I used Light Buttermilk.  You may need two coats.
Paint down inside the pot about an inch or two if you like.
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Dampen the sponge with a light yellow or Luscious Lemon paint.
Dab the sponge, lightly onto and all over the Light Buttermilk base coat.
You just want a light lacy look, not complete coverage.
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Next, use another area of the sponge to paint Engine Red geraniums.  Just dip the sponge into the paint and dab it a couple of times on a paper towel to remove any globs of paint.  Pat the sponge onto the pot to make a circle of "flowers".
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Find an unused corner of the sponge and make small leaves with
the Foliage Green, or light green, paint.
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Let the paint dry.

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With the round brush and a little Napa Red, or a rich burgundy red color, paint little "C's" or commas here and there to define a few flower petals. 
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Repeat the comma's or "C's" with the Pine Needle or dark green paint on the leaves.
Let dry. You can seal the paint again if the pot will be outdoors but you don't really need to if you will be keeping it inside.
This is a perfect craft for a wide range of ages and
skill levels and smaller clay pots can be found for $1.

That makes this a PERFECT gift, summer camp, classroom or day care craft!

I hope you'll stop by The Creative Goddess blog sometime and say, "HI"!

Vicki O'Dell, The Creative Goddess


Be sure to go visit The Creative Goddess for more fabulous ideas! Thanks Vicki!
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5 comments :

  1. what a great project..and i do think even i could handle something like this ;)

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  2. Love it! I think brightening up cheap flower pots is one of the easiest and best ways to make something wonderful!

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  3. This is a great project for lots of ages! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Very cool Holly and Creative Goddess-- wait Holly you are a Creative Goddess too! Enjoyed your tute! Malia

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  5. Nice project and very workable! Thanks for sharing!

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