Introduction: Engraved Concrete Pot
One of the most mentally rewarding things for me to do is art and gardening. What better way to do it by making your own concrete planters and make it a statement art piece of your home.
So that what I did.
The following instructable includes 2 iconic ways to go about it.
Step 1: COLLECTING THE THINGS YOU NEED.
1. WHITE CEMENT: 2 parts; in this case, 2 cups of cement.
2. WATER: 1part; in this case, 1 cup water
3. SILICON MOLD: one silicone mold of any form of pot that you want to make.
You can also use any ordinary containers as molds
4. PAINTING BRUSH: I used a size 9 round brush, but it totally depends on the design you want to paint
5. ACRYLIC COLOUR: I used generic black and red, this also depends on the art you want to make.
6. CARVING TOOL: Anything with a pointed end and slightly curved ends are perfect. (you only need this is you are planning on making grooves in your design.
Step 2: MAKING THE POURING MIXTURE
Take 1 part water and 2 part white cement. Stir them thoroughly until there are any clumps in the mixture.
Step 3: POURING THE MIXTURE IN THE MOLD
Take the white cement mixture into the silicone mold. If you are using anything that is not flexible, make sure to line the faces with a little bit of oil to make the demolding easier.
Tap the sides of the mold so that the bubbles in the liquid arises at the top.
Step 4: DEMOLDING
When the liquid in the mold solidifies, remove it carefully fro the mold.
A great way to understand it has solidified is to feel the temperature of the mix through the mold. If it is warm to touch then the mix is still solidifying. If the mold is not warm and preferably a little colder than the normal temperature then the mix is solidified.
You now have the bare minimum of a pot.
Step 5: PAINTING YOUR POT:
Take your bare pot and start painting.
TYPE A: Take is a curved canvas and paint your heart out in any design that you like. Do not be bothered by the color or the patterns you want to draw because whatever you do can be considered contemporary art.
TYPE B: Another great way is to design your pot is to paint is a single color and then carve patterns on it.
Step 6: ENGRAVING SOME PATTERNS IF YOU CHOSE TYPE B POT
With your carving tool or your good old needle (which will do the trick fine, I just wanted to be a little fancy) you can engrave some patterns on it.
Some of the easiest patterns are straight lines, I have clearly squeezed the juice out of it with horizontal lines, vertical lines, slanting lines. etc.
You can also try it out and also try out the various thicknesses of engraves, which will make the pot even cooler looking.
You should wash the pot after you have finished your engraving with a soft cloth or brush to remove all the powder bits in and around the cracks.
Step 7: YOUR BEAUTIFUL AND ARTISTIC POT IS READY TO CONQUER YOUR INTERIORS
There are many ways you can decorate the pots. It is an artistic choice.
Have you wondered how some interiors look nice and magazine-worthy? Its because they have a colour palette they work with, in their interiors. Everything around them including their flowerpots, painting, cushion covers, etc. will follow this palette.
Making and painting your pots is a great way to add this professional touch to your homes at very cheap and easy methods.
Please do try to make this and share with us your experiences.
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