5 Pottery Painting Ideas To Try

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There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to paint a pot. If you’re interested in painting pottery┬ásomething other than traditional, these five ideas listed below will help you get underway. Who knows, may be your next pot will sell like hot cakes.


When people think of patterns, they tend to think of stripes, cross-hatching, or dots. Those are fine if you want to do things by the book. If you use your noggin, you can create new patterns that are unique to your style. You can still use stripes or dots, but it’s a better idea to use a combination of the two, or try different sizes and shapes. Using various dot or stripe sizes alone will make the pot far more interesting and complex than it would otherwise.

Tape It Up

This is another take on patterns. Using painting or masking tape, cover the areas of the pot in whatever crazy pattern you like. Next, paint the pot and let it dry. When dry, remove the tape, and voila! You hopefully have a eclectic, one-of-a-kind pot. This technique allows you to easily mix colors and patterns to bring out some really original artwork, too.

Turn A Pot Into Art

Anybody can paint a pot, but that doesn’t meant that it’s art. If you’re a creative person, you can paint something unique and interesting on your pot. Turning an ordinary pot into a focal point in your home may be challenge, but the results are well worth it. It may even be fun to create a mural or a scene using multiple pots. The creation process is limited only by your imagination. This article, showcasing ceramics, can give you ideas of how you can create non-traditional pottery.

Create Stencils

Painting pottery using freehand techniques can bring about some impressive results, but when you need something more measured and precise, stencils are the way to go. Stencils can be especially helpful if you create an elaborate design that requires attention to detail to achieve the desired results. Stencils can also produce more professional results if you’re just learning how to paint.

Organic Colors

There is a lot of pottery being painted that uses bright, vibrant colors. Nothing is wrong painting pottery that way, but using more organic colors like black, gray, and brown can give you a creative edge. This can be a great way to explore new frontiers with your pottery, and you may even surprise yourself.

These tips are in no way all you can do with pottery; however, these ideas can be used as a guideline to help explore your creativity and brainstorm. Your new innovations may even surprise yourself.