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Video: How To Quickly Age A Flowerpot
In order to create the atmosphere of an old, slightly neglected garden, sometimes it is enough to add a few aged flowerpots with plants to the design. Clay pots themselves age over time, becoming covered with lime stains, algae and mosses. But you can not wait so long, but add patina and moss yourself, giving age to the new containers for plants. This decoration technique is applicable for clay pots, stone and concrete containers. Especially good are flowerpots in the form of "urn", covered with green moss, but the simplest pot will only benefit from such decoration.
The pots that you intend to decorate with moss require preliminary preparation - small ones are soaked in water, large ones - moisturize well.
How to grow mosses?
Mosses are lower plants that reproduce by spores, of which they form a great many, up to 15 million per 1 sq. m. Spore formation begins in July in most species. But you will not have a shortage of sowing material throughout the summer, since many mosses grow equally successfully from parts of the stem, leaves, rhizoids, embryonic buds. It is enough just to cut off the moss you like - in its green mass there is always the necessary amount of spores or other material for initiation. Dry the moss for 2 days and chop - grind or chop finely. This will be the starting material for growing.
Mosses thrive in an acidic humid environment, in a shaded area. To create an acidic environment, bacteria found in lactic acid products are ideal.
1 cup flour
1 cup buttermilk (you can replace it with 0.5% milk)
2 sachets of fast-acting yeast
2 tablespoons of syrup (the syrup is cooked at the rate of 1¼ cup sugar to 1/3 cup water)
1-1.5 cups chopped moss.
Place the mixture in the sun. After 3 days, an unpleasant odor will appear - this is a sign that the mixture is ready. Brush generously onto the surface of the pot. It is not necessary to cover the entire surface, you can create a kind of arbitrary pattern or individual spots, fill in the grooves on the surface of the pot. Wrap in plastic and place in partial shade. After 2 weeks, mold will appear, and after 8 weeks the surface will be covered with green fluffy moss, giving the product an "antique" look.
Mix 1 cup shredded dried moss with 2 cups yogurt or buttermilk. Brush the mixture onto the surface of the pot. Place the pot in a clear plastic bag to retain moisture and place in a cool, shady place. Mosses will begin to develop around day 10.
These methods can be successfully used to cover stones, retaining walls, paving, garden sculpture and other small architectural forms of stone and concrete, and even tree stumps with moss.
If you don't have time to wait for the mosses to grow, you can use another technique to decorate terracotta clay pots - "false painting" with wood paints - widely used in interior design. There are matte paste gels that, when mixed with acrylic paints, give a texture that resembles cracked eggshells. In the absence of a gel, you can use liquid acrylic varnishes, preferably dark colors, for example, "walnut".
- Mix 1 part brown acrylic paint with 2 parts clear gel or varnish.
- Using a wide brush or sponge, apply to the surface of the pot in a circle, but not in an up and down direction.
- Wipe off excess paint with a soft cloth.
- Apply new layers until you get the desired aged effect.
Using a similar technique, you can create a "moss " on the surface:
Mix 1 part varnish with 1 part green acrylic paint.
- Apply this mixture to the surface of the pot.
- Remove blotches with a soft cloth, but do not wipe off excess paint.
- On a wet painted surface, create drips with a brown mixture of 1 part brown acrylic paint and 2 parts varnish.
- Draw around the pot, not up and down.
- Green stripes should be ironed through the brown coating, which will resemble moss.
There are also special crackle varnishes that give the painted surface an aged, cracked look.
- Cover the surface of the pot with acrylic paint (such as blue).
- Apply a coat of crackle polish.
- Apply a new coat of acrylic paint in a darker tone (in this case, blue).
You should have light cracks on a dark background.
Aged pots can be placed not only in the garden, but also indoors. Subdued moss tones or moss imitations are a great backdrop for vibrant flowering plants. You just need to remember about constant hydration. And for a wet winter garden, this is just a godsend!
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