I was browsing through an old book called At Home with Herbs by Jane Newdick, when I came across a project on painting pots with natural pigment powder. Her pots looked so beautiful so I stopped at the hardware store and picked up some linseed oil and an ordered a pigment kit from earthpigments.com.
I’ve read that linseed oil is often used to seal terra-cotta floor tiles. I was also interested in the fact that the book said the finished look would be a nice matte look which will wear away naturally leaving a nice patina.
All I did was mix the linseed oil with some of the pigment powder. It was a little messy. I used disposable sponge brushes and plates, packing papers and paper towels.
It was really interesting how quickly the pot absorbed the mixture of oil and pigment powder.
According to the seller these pigments are non-toxic and environmentally safe and mined from quarries in France.
I’m excited to see how they wear with time and if the linseed oil helps them retain more moisture.
Have you painted terra-cotta pots?
I must admit I do love a great looking aged terra-cotta pot but it was fun to mix it up.
Sometimes you just need a little color.