Paint the vases

Question: paint the vases

Sorry, but you are too complicated! I would like to follow you, but since I am 62 years old and I will not become more intelligent, help me to hover among the many tortuosity to ask you this question that I could not send to the forum: I have just registered, so I greet everyone. I would like to paint only the relief drawings of terracotta pots, leaving the rest natural, due to my aesthetic factor and because terracotta can breathe together with plants. or bought, on the advice of my hardware, white quartz paint for outdoors and, in order not to get dirty, due to my lack of manual skills, I took some rubber to mask that afterwards it should take off and leave the drawing clear. I also read, that a protective varnish should be passed inside, to ensure that, by watering, the exterior paint is not ruined. Thus we return to the discourse of transpiration. What to do ? It would be better to leave them natural, but I got this idea and who knows how I was born. What do you think? Will a "papocchio" come in? Could you give me advice on how to best use the brush and paint?

Paint the vases: Answer: paint the vases

Gentile Mafalda,
our forum and site are not so complicated to use, I believe that after a few visits you can fully understand every single feature of the site, and that you can use them without problems, it's just a matter of getting a little familiar with new tools for you. Having said this, the idea of ​​decorating the earthenware pots for plants is nice, but consider that you will face various problems, due precisely to the fact that the shards are porous and that the plants will be watered. If you don't use a waterproofing, by force of things the water will reach your paintings from inside the vase, ruining them beyond repair; if this happens in a week or six months, it's just a question of the type of paint you're going to use. Using a protective, waterproofing paint inside the jars, you will make the use of terracotta useless, so you might as well put your flowers in plastic pots; instead you can try to waterproof only the outside of the vase, leaving the inside and the upper and lower edges without paint. In this way you will paint directly on top of the waterproofing product, preventing your paintings from coming into contact with water. And you'll also get some breathable jars for the health of your plants. In essence, this is what happens with bonsai pots or other vitrified vessels: the inner surface of the pots is left free of vitrified enamel, and therefore transpires; the external surface is vitrified and decorated as desired. It is worthwhile to explain well to the staff in the DIY store what you intend to do to your pots, because some paints tend to make a plastic patina, which in the long run could still come off the pot, not because of the water of the watering, but because exposure to heat, cold, rain, wind. It then depends on what you want from your vases: if you simply want to embellish them for spring and summer, and then next year you will make new ones, then you won't have to worry about the duration of your paintings.