Monday, January 30, 2012


Here's a simple and quick way to perk up some clay pots.

We used about 1/4 cup of Annie Sloan Old White, then mixed it with a couple tablespoons of baby powder to give the paint some texture.  While the paint is drying, look through the Graphics Fairy website to find a great graphic you could transfer onto it.    Here's the process:

1.  Trim a piece of wax paper to 8 1/2 x 11 inches
2.  The paper should be fed into your printer so that the "dull" side of the paper gets the ink.
3.  Size your graphic on a word document to fit your pot and PRINT!

then . . .

4.  Be ready to hightail it from the printer to your painted clay pot because you want to use a credit card or tongue depressor to press the graphic right onto the pot while the ink is still wet.

That's it!  Here are a few pictures showing how it turned out.

 I've seen a lot of different ways to transfer graphics.  I've tried Citra-Solv, and transfer paper - but using wax paper was really much quicker.  I think a monogram would look nice in the center of this one too!

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Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Looks good Nan. Love the added texture.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my goodness Nan I love that!!
I am totally going to give it a try :)

Anonymous said...

I don't have any Annie Sloane paint - do you think you could tint gesso and perhaps thicken it and do the same transfer technique with the waxed paper? Great craft!!! Thanks. Love your blog!

Nan said...

If you don't have Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I'd try using flat latex mixed with some powder or Plaster of Paris to give it texture and thickness. I bet that would work too. Good luck - hope it works for you!

Tricia Marie said...

This is a great idea for so many projects said...

That's great! Do you think it would transfer w/o the paint and say on metal? I have some retro canisters that need some zip and that seems like a good way to do it. Great way to perk some clay pots up too. Thanks, Jenn

Brigitte @ Evolution of a home said...

This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

The Prudent Homemaker said...

This is with an ink jet printer, I'm assuming?

Nan said...

Yes, we used an inkjet printer. I want to try letting the ink dry on the wax paper to see if it will still transfer. I'm thinking it probably won't, but it's worth a shot. It seems that the graphics would be clearer if the transfer could dry first, therefore eliminating smudging of wet ink. We'll see!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

So cool! I need to try the wax paper transfer. I'm featuring your cute pot in the PoPP Spotlight. I'd love for you to submit your paint project to my site too... .

Thanks for linking up!

Stefani said...

I found you featured at the power of paint party! Love this! Thanks for sharing with us!

Ticking and Toile said...

really neat! totally going to try it!

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

Love it!
Totally worth of try.

The Shady Porch said...

I love this project and especially the wax paper transfer! Can't wait to try it myself! I would love to have you share this at my party...going on now!

Becca said...

What a great pot and fabulous idea ... thanks for the great tutorial! I've wanted to try the wax transfer method with Graphics Fairy (I usually do the pencil transfer method), but am curious do you tape the wax paper to a regular piece of paper or just feed the wax paper through your pinter by itself? *Becca* (new follower by way of Savvy Southern Style)

Sue said...

Nan, Luv the added texture on the pot using baby powder. Such ingenuity! Found you as a feature on Maryann's blog. :-) Sue

Heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

Found you through a "pin" and am so glad that I did! Love the title of your blog - It's the words I repeat most in my mind. Looking forward to learning! I'm now your newest Linky follower

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

This is so cool! I pinned it and I'm happily following you via Linky. Thanks for sharing it.

Little Bit said...

Nan, thank you for the great details on this super cute craft! I'm now following you on LF...hope you'll follow me too! Little Bit from

Elisa said...

Hi Nan - I found you through be different act normal and am I ever glad I did! I have been meaning to try the wax paper method for some time but couldn't seem to find out anywhere which side gets the ink. So THANK YOU! Your pots look really lovely!! Have a great weekend. I'm visiting from

Rinni's Playground said...

OOh, I just love this!!

jill Cavanagh Flowers said...

Hello Nan,
Thank you for your lovely blog.
I would love to transfer some graphics onto painted pots such as these.
I live in Australia and we can no longer buy waxed paper ( just greaseproof - that has no wax).
Can you suggest another method
I have tried the tap paper - But it was not very successful on the pots.
Thank you so much
Kind regards

jill Cavanagh Flowers said...

Hello again Nan,
I have just changed my settings to allow emails -Did you have any tips for an alternate way to transfer the graphics to the pots.
Thank you so much

kijsa said...

love this! had to pin it right away!

Barbara Jean said...

thanks for the how to tips on this cute project.

barbara jean

PS found you on pinterest.



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