It seems I have another terracotta painting project DIY (I swear don't sit around painting terracotta all the time). Anyhoo, I saw these really beautiful terracotta pots that have sheets of gold leaf laid on them and I felt inspired to (try) to recreate them. Unfortunately I couldn't find gold leaf sheets so I went ahead and just got some gold leaf paint. These are definitely not quite as lovely as the others but it was so simple and turned out well enough that I am happy with them. . . for now. Someday I want to give the other method a shot, they are just so pretty!
I tested three methods, the first, just using really light brush strokes so that the terracotta shows through (I think that's my favorite). The second I applied two coats, let it dry and then took a steal brush to it. The bad news is it didn't turn out how I had envisioned (I was hoping to get that gold leaf sheet look - it was not happening), the good news is this paint does not come off so easily! I brushed and brushed and still didn't break through to the terracotta layer. And third I went for a nice simple one coat job - this definitely was the best method for getting a nice shiny gold look. Now my plants have a little bling. A little tip I will pass on for those that may want to try this: do it outside, that tiny bottle of enamel paint smells super toxic and I am guessing isn't so great for breathing in in an enclosed space.
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