I have been seeing more projects lately using Mod Podge or maybe its because I have lots on hand and need to utilize it. The thing about Mod Podge is you can make really easy projects. As I chose to do in this project. I have seen so many ideas on blogs and Pinterest I decided to give it a try, but what sparked my interest was this Terra Cotta Pot from Christine over at Cherishing a Sweet Life just got me going!!First I wanted to see what other crafters projects looked like, I found a ton by searching on Google and Pinterest and while I was searching for ideas and how-to’s, I found free pictures to use on Graphics Fairy, so I visited there and found the one I am using for my project. And then gathered what I need.
Terra cotta Pot
Sponge Paper Towel
Water for cleanup
So the first thing was to paint my pot, but I have seen many projects without painting, if you dont paint, you just have to make sure your pot is smooth and clean. Preparation can be done by using a fine sandpaper to remove any rough spots and wiping with a clean dry cloth. (Be sure to wear old clothes)
Once I decided on my image, I printed it off and cut it close to the edges for application. (You will want to chose to print image reverse. Most images on Graphics Fairy have a mirror image choice)!
Here is my first attempt of sharing how to transfer image to a clay pot.
When you are ready to transfer, paint a thick coat with Mod Podge on the print side. Carefully place the image on the pot, and smooth from the center of the image to edges to remove bubbles, pressing edges firmly, if there is an excess of Mod Podge, wipe with towel. (Now one thing I quickly learned was that once you set the image on the pot it cannot be shifted or moved.) Hence mine is a little crooked. (Learning curve here, have you ever had one of those?) Now leave it to dry overnight.
To remove the paper from the image you can use a craft sponge or paper towel. Start by using your fingers rolling paper at the edge to get paper to start to lift. Then continue with towel. The paper will ball up as it is rubbed. But rub gently. If you do rub off some of the image, that just adds character, make it look old. (And thats just what I did, so I touched up with some paint) Another learning curve.
Once it is finished you can paint with a sealer like Crystal Clear Krylon paint if you are going to use it outside to protect your image. For this one I am going to add some artificial flowers or maybe I will place a plant inside my pot. I will share in post when I finish that part.
This was a really fun an easy craft, now I have learned how to do this I want to try another.
Do you think you would do a Mod Podge projects? Another post of interest Terra Cotta pot I painted in 2 colors?
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