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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tutorial Thursday: Fall Tea Kettle

I got an order for a Fall Teapot, so I will share 
some of the steps of how I created it.

When doing a special order, I try to find as much information
 as I can from the customer.

I discovered her kitchen is Navy/Burgundy.

One of my favorite things about Fall is the warm, rich colors.

I decided that I would make the background a warm tan.

I chose DecoArt's Chalky Finish in Heirloom.

I love to use Chalky Finish as a base for many of my designs.

Painting a teapot meant that I would need to choose 
a paint or a medium that was for a slick surface.

I could have chosen several different methods, 
but the most popular are:
1. Use DecoArt Paint Adhesion--this is my favorite method for most slick surfaces.
2.  Spray the object with Flat Spray Paint or with a Primer.

3.  Use Chalky Finish Paint--SO easy. 
 No preparation except to clean the object and paint!

American Acrylics work perfectly with the Chalky Finish Paint.  
These are the colors I used on this project.

I cleaned the teapot and added 3 coats of DecoArt's Chalky Finish. 
Just make certain it is dried well before adding another coat.

I added Checks of Deep Midnight Blue  and Deep Burgundy.  I didn't worry that they were even, because I was going for a slightly primitive style, since it was to have a crow on it to match her decor.

As decorative artists, we sometimes get stuck in the way we do things.  I REALLY did not want to shade/highlight every single check, so I decided to do what I call a MESSY LINE on the top of the checks and then I added some more messy lines to the Deep Burgundy checks.
Again, instead of highlighting, I used the Heirloom and added criss-crossed lines to the Deep Midnight Blue checks...PERFECT for what I was aiming to do!

As I said, my customer wanted crows.  I took one of my patterns and added a scarf to it, because she also liked that look, 
and placed them on top of pumpkins.

I thought the design needed something else for color and to cover more space, so I added a sunflower to each end.

I was much happier with that!

I stenciled Deep Burgundy all over the teapot using dry wall tape and 
added a vine at the top.

I also splattered the entire pot with Lamp Black 
to add to the primitive look.

I painted a round disc like a pumpkin and wrote Happy Fall--whew it was hard not to put Y'all on it, cause I am a true Southerner! 

I also tied some cloth around the tea spout to cover that hump that was left when I removed the ugly plastic piece...I wish teapot makers would design ALL teapots for us to paint when they weren't used~~HA HA HA

This is the finished teapot

A look from the Top

And another angle...

Here is a free line drawing for you to use on a teapot or a sign or a...
Simply right click to save it to your computer and print it...
Resize as you wish...
Use part of the design or all of it
...it is ok!

IF you do not know how to save this, simply send me an email at
and PLEASE put the subject as: Free
so I won't delete your email!

Thanks for stopping by!

I am simply blessed to create~~charlotte

IF you would like the crow pattern,
 you may purchase it in my etsy shop.


  1. What an awesome piece! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is wonderful, just a creative idea.


  3. I just love this Charlotte! Waht a great job.

  4. Loving the kettle... so cute.. thanks for the line drawing too...

  5. I just love this! What a wonderful piece. :)

  6. That's a really pretty matte effect! I need to get myself some of this paint.


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