Fiesta Explosion Flower Pots
Spiff up terracotta with vivid color and clay.
BY KATHY CANO MURILLO
Photography by Kathy Cano Murillo
Folk artists in Mexico are a shining example of what being
crafty is all about. They can’t simply run to Michaels or
Jo-Ann Fabrics for a hunk of fuchsia clay. Instead, our
south-of-the-border friends make the most of their resources.
The results are shiny, happy, thrifty, and wickedly clever. From
painted tequila bottles to glittered cigarette boxes to wood frames
trimmed in bottle caps, the materials and concoctions are endless.
I channeled that infectious spirit for this project, and used only
what I had on my art table to accessorize a bland flowerpot. Toothpicks and head pins are great for making microdots, and small paint
bottles work well as templates for shapes. The secret to this look
is to cram in as many contrasting primary colors as possible.