2 Ways to Decorate Bud Vases
Ceramics are so on-trend right now, and we couldn’t wait to get into some crafting with them! If you’re ever unsure, it’s always best to start small, and what size is bettter than a little bud vase? We’re loving the trend for blue and white Japanese style ceramics, so here’s two ways to achieve the look…
Sharpie Bud Vase
Skill Level: Beginners
Time to Make: One hour, plus drying time
1. Practice your design on an old plastic bottle first. This will help you to draw at an unusual angle and also soften the hard tip of the Sharpie.
Start each spiral from the outside and work in. Each time you add a spiral, start somewhere on the line of another spiral. Try to touch more than one other spiral when you create a new one. Vary the size and the direction of the spirals.
2. Hold your vase at the top (putting your index finger into the hole to stabilise it). Start in the middle of the vase and work round horizontally.
Top Tip! . . .Use a rolled up tea towel to support your wrist when painting on the vase. Fold up a second tea towel to rest the vase on to help stabilise it.
3. Turn the vase over and continue the design round the lower part of the vase. Then finish the design off around the top. Leave the vase to dry for at least 24 hours.
Top Tip! . . .The ceramic surface can tend to dry out the tip of the Sharpie and make the lines look faded. Draw on a piece of paper every now and again to keep the ink flowing.
4. To get a good textured finish, dip the sponge dauber into some Modge Podge that you have tipped into the Modge Podge container lid. Holding the dauber horizontally dab the Modge Podge all over the vase quite vigorously. Don’t worry about the Modge Podge looking very white, it will dry clear. Leave to dry.
5. Apply one more layer of Modge Podge with a sponge and leave to dry. Put a final layer of Modge Podge on the vase using a brush and vertical brush strokes (from the top of the vase to the bottom).
Hand Painted Bud Vase
Skill Level: Beginners to Intermediates
Time to Make: Two hours, plus drying time
1. Practice your design on an old plastic bottle first. This will help you to draw at an unusual angle familiarise you with the width of the brush line and how hard to press as well as working at a horizontal angle.
Top Tip! . . .For each leaf, paint each side of the leaf shape first starting at the base, joining up at the point of the leaf and leaving a gap for the stalk. Then paint the stalk in.
2. Tip some acrylic paint into the palette and use it more or less ‘neat’ (undiluted) to get bold outlines. Tilt your vase, holding it steady. Start at the bottom of the vase and work round horizontally. At this stage just draw the outlines. Take care to vary the direction and size of the leaves and the position of the stalks. Check from time to time that the design can be seen properly by standing the vase upright.
Top Tip! . . .If the acrylic paint is not producing a smooth line, then dilute it carefully with a few drops of water taking care not to dilute too much and make the paint runny.
3. Space the leaves out more and more as you draw them around the top, working upwards from the middle. Make the leaves a bit larger towards the top.
4. Apply a very small amount of paint to fill the leaf outlines in, spreading it out to make it much thinner than the outlines.
5. Leave the paint to dry and then apply two layers of Modge Podge with a large brush, ensuring that the Modge Podge dries completely between coats. Make sure that the brush lines are all vertical running from the top of the vase to the bottom.