I was fortunate enough to receive a box of Testors enamel paint after attending the FaveCrafts Blogger event at CHA in January. I have been SO EXCITED about enamel paint and this was exactly the motivation I needed to get started. We have succulents and cactus alllllll over our backyard, so I decided to make a little glass planter dedicated to my draught-loving plant babies.
I started by cleaning an old glass vase I had with Windex, to remove any dust or remaining dirt from previous flower arrangements. New project materials can be a little nerve-wracking for me, since my “experiment time” is so limited thanks to my craft-loving, seldom-napping toddler. I wasn’t sure what the viscosity of the paint would be, but I was surprised by how easy the Testors paint was to work with.
After painting several basic cactus shapes, I set the vase aside and let the paint cure for the recommended length of time.
When little Lars went down for a nap a couple of days later, I added details on all of the cactus plant bases I had originally made. Using a fine tipped brush was key. Blending the enamel paint was super easy and helped me achieve a more broad spectrum of colors.
When the vase was done drying, I took it outside and potted up a few plants in a little arrangement. I began this project thinking that this would be a cute gift, buuuuut I’m so in love with it, I may have a difficult time parting with my cactus vase! Here are all of the finished plant paintings! Thanks for looking!