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Sunday, May 20, 2012

mudpies and clay pots…

I had some new clay pots and started searching for ways to distress or age them.
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here are some of the ideas I found.
*strong fertilizer speeds up the white deposits, but takes a few weeks.
*slathering on yogurt or buttermilk takes at least a month.
*hydrated lime and water tones down the new clay color, -just spray it on.
*soak the clay in a tub of water in the sun till algae shows up.  not fast.
*or you can paint them like linda did here.
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I’m so impatient, I simply chose to make mudpies—(think thick mud like when you were little) and I rubbed the pots down with the mud.  (gloves could be worn:)
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this is what it looked like after it dried.  love the look, and it will only age more over time. 
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see the difference? 
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the slipcovers are from better homes and gardens several years ago.  and the chippy table was found at salvage sisters.
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and I thought I’d share one of my favorite things to do--photo editing.  the pics below are of a bench in a corner of my yard.  the first pic is straight out of the camera—no editing.
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these pics has some applied to them.  they have videos showing how to use the actions here.  adobe photoshop elements 10 was used to apply the actions to these pics.  you can get so many different looks from one picture.
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thanks for looking!

24 comments:

  1. great shots, love your new "weathered" pot(s)

    bet your manicurist loves you, with playing in the dirt like that! smiles!

    gorgeous chaircovers, chippy table, florals, metal fence piece - well heck, I love it all

    beautiful photos

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  2. Isn't it amazing what you can do with a picture these days? You've made a passel of little masterpieces, each one as beautiful as the next. Quite a lovely little space you have there. I love the rusty little edging or trellis behind the bench and flowers... a sweet scene.

    Liz

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    1. Lynn, thanks for coming by Quirky Vistas and checking out my latest finds and predicaments. I love getting everyone's input. I'm terribly indecisive and like hearing what others think I should do. Now, to be brave and do it!

      Liz

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  3. I get so excited to see another garden post from you..love them! I am beginning to think you just live in your yard:) Your pots look so pretty and your flowers look so healthy! I also really enjoyed your photo editing. Any tricks to share on why your plants are so healthy? I can't find that white licorice plant anywhere you mentioned in a previous post.:( I'm going to keep looking. Maybe not an Oregon loving plant.

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  4. Oh, also forgot to say--you have a thing where posts can actually be printed. Do you print your blog? I want to do that on mine! I have no computer smarts though--maybe Janae could do it for me:)

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  5. I was looking at "where you create" and love the words you have on the cupboard doors.

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  6. I always get excited to read your posts, oh I am such a photo shop failure! I have got to give it another whirl! I love the effects. I bought the book, went through tons of online tutorials and all I do is get frustrated but, I know I have to keep at it because I love what a picture could be!

    Carol

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    1. Pretty, Lynn! I've painted pots I want to age because a lot of those techniques do take too much time for my ever impatient mind. : )

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  7. Love how you aged those pots Lynn, it looks so natural. Your garden looks so peaceful, and I love your photo editing!

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  8. Your projects are always so beautiful. I really love the photo editing. I'll be playing around with Photoshop while I'm off this summer. Can't wait. These are fun techniques.

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  9. I am your newest follower. Can't wait to sift through your last posts.. Love your header. So inviting. I am going to add you to my sidebar..

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  10. Absolutely gorgeous Lynn! I'm so happy that I found your blog a couple weeks ago. Your posts are not only inspiring, but eye candy as well! Your pots definitely look aged with the "dirt" rub. :)
    Blessings & hugs,
    Karen

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  11. Everything looks beautiful! I love your slipcovers and chippy old table. Nice job on the pots and the photo editing, too! xo Diana

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  12. So glad you stopped by to comment on my new pillow designs, Lynn! Now I can visit you and see all your great ideas! Love what you did with the clay pots. Like you, I want patina...NOW! Time to get breakfast for the kids, but I'll return soon when I have more time to browse your blog!

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  13. Lynn, your killing me with your great ideas. You are one creative lady. Keep sharing so I can keep learning!!!

    Blessings to you today. Amy

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  14. I've never known how to age clay pots and had no idea there were so many fun ways to do it! I LOVE that you just dug right in and got your hands dirty! :) I have a feeling that this is one project my kids would enjoy helping me with. ;)

    Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for the tips!

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  15. sounds like a great project for our 4- and 2-and-a-half-year-old grandbabies!! :) Thanks for sharing the photography too--lovely. Thanks for visiting my screened porch [post] and commenting, Lynn. :) ~Zuni

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  16. Love how your pots turned out! The slipcovers and table look so beautiful in your garden. Love it!

    Jody

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  17. Your clay pots turned out beautiful! I would have never thought to do this. I so love blogging, I learn so many new things. BTW I am your newest follower.

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  18. Great idea on the pots - I wouldn't have worn gloves either : ) Oh, and I wish I liked photo editing!

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  19. Hi Lynn,

    Your clay pots look fantastic! A little muddy, but well worth the look. I just started using Florabella actions myself and love it. Your photos look great!

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  20. Gorgeous photo of the watering can...love it!

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  21. i think i could feature you every week w/your garden shares! love those pots....thank you for sharing the idea over here at Fishtail Cottage's Garden party! xoox, tracie

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  22. Thanks so much for sharing this fun post on Simple & Sweet Fridays! Always an inspiration to have you...

    Jody

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