|Bold blocky 3" numbers show up well!|
So last winter I decided to try something different-- 3" numbers stencilled then hand painted on smaller, sturdier 5.5" pots, using an acrylic paint pen, then sprayed with 2 protective coats of Krylon Crystal Clear. These take awhile to paint but they are proving to last a long time.
The first set I made was yellow pots with black italicized numbers, which took 2 coats to cover and still looks great on the field after several months of use. It hasn't needed any touchup.
This red set, finished yesterday, is white paint on red pots, which took 4 coats to cover. I won't use white paint again!
We prefer the block numbers to the italicized.
- Lay your stencil over the pot and draw the outlines with a pencil or colored pencil, not a pen which bleeds upward through the paint.
- Remove the stencil, trace over these lines with your paint pen, then fill in. A steady hand is required!
- Don't let the paint touch the cardboard stencils, which gets them wet and they lose their sharp edge.
- Also, even if using vinyl stencils, the paint bleeds under the stencils making a huge mess.
- Clean up mistakes quickly using mineral spirits! Have it handy because these paint pens drip and you will inadvertently drag your finger through the paint at some point.
- Doesn't hurt to have a paint pen the same color as the pots, for tidying up numbers that got too wide or tall and won't come clean.
|The bottom cup makes|
these pots extra sturdy.
I'll report back how these pots are holding up over time.
Upwards and onward!