Its PLANT WEEK!!!!!!!! Do you even know how exciting this is?!? Its like Shark Week but WAYYYYY better and with a lot less fear (mostly). Every day this week I have got an amazing project for you that will make the love in your plant-lovin heart swell to massive proportions.
I feel like marbling is one of those fun crafty type projects that everyone needs to try at least once, its just so pretty to see everything swirl together. The problem is that almost all of the tutorials online use fingernail polish. Which is great….unless you want to do something bigger and then before you know it you’ve spent $78 on nail polish. My brain was churning about this and I realized that you don’t need nail polish, you just need an oil based paint! Like (dun dun dun dun dun duuuuuun!) Spray Paint!!
So here is how you do it.
First things first, you’ll need a container large enough to fit your planter in it. My planter was pretty big so I used a storage tote but a 5 gallon bucket would totally work.
*I recommend trying it out a few times on paper cups to get the technique down before you start on your planters.
Round up your spray paint colors. I used a selection of RustOleum and LOVED the way that the metallic gold turned out, so use that!
Tape off your designs (if that is what you are going for)
Fill your container with water and start adding spray paint.
You have a pretty short window of time to work (you’ll see why in a second). Hold your can about 10 inches away from the water, if you get it too close it splashes the water up and creates little texture bubbles on your finished piece.
Gently tap the sides of your bucket to swirl the colors. By gently I mean create soft waves, not splashes (because texture bubbles)
Slowly dip your planter into the water. If you go too fast, or if your paint is too dry, the paint surface will break and you’ll get gaps with uneven edges (and not in a cute way.)
Submerge the planter in as far as you want and hold it there for about 30 seconds while you lightly fan the paint surface to quicken the drying. Using painters tape made it so that any wiggling that happened (and subsequently added more paint) didn’t stay on the planter, it came off with the tape.
This next step is a 2 handed job so I don’t have a picture but…use a spoon to swipe away all of the remaining surface paint. This will make it so your planter comes out with a clean design.
If you look closely in the picture below you can see texture lines in the lightest part of the paint. That is because the surface was starting to dry. Move fast and you wont get those!
Let it dry completely before removing the tape.
Ok so are you ready for a real life moment? I had this surface all prepped and ready for dipping (so pretty right?!)
I was using a large light weight plastic planter and it was SO HARD to push it down all the way (it wanted to float dang it!)
I got so wrapped up in making sure that the entire thing was covered that I didn’t realize that my hand was in the paint…
Or my wedding ring.
There were a few swears that followed but it came right off after an hour long soak in the jewelry cleaner.
Moral of the story. Don’t wear your wedding ring to a marbling party.
Now, I don’t mean to over sell tomorrow’s project but I am being completely honest when I say that it is my favorite project that I have done in a year. #anticipation #anti-ci-p-a-a-a-tion