Clay pots can make a great decorative addition to your flower garden or inside plants. One way to add a special touch is to paint your clay pots. Use acrylic paints. They are versatile and dry quickly. They also clean up with water. Soap and water will clean up your paint brushes and any accidental paint spills. Allow your clay pot to dry about 10 minutes between color changes. This will keep your painting clear without smeared colors.
Wash the clay pot with hot soapy water. Rinse off with a mixture of 1 part bleach and 9 parts water. This creates a clean work surface. Allow the clay pots to dry completely.
Paint the background color on the outside of the clay pot with a large flat paint brush. Make the color either lighter or darker than the colors you are going to use for your roses.
Paint a large red circle on the clay pot with a flat brush. Add smaller red circles next to the larger one. This is your base for your roses. Add another coat of paint on top of the red.
Paint a slightly curved green line from the red dots down to the base of the clay pot with a small round brush. These lines are your rose stems.
Paint half-moon shapes inside the red dot with a small detail brush using a dark red or black color. Start at the middle and work your way to the outside. This defines your rose petal shapes.
Paint one side of the green line with a dark green using a small detail brush. This defines the shadow on the rose stems. Paint small triangles along the stem to make rose thorns.
Spray the entire clay pot with clear acrylic sealant. Let it dry and then add another coat. This will protect the acrylic paint from moisture.