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Watercolor-Painted Wooden Planters

Nestle your succulents, ferns, and other flora into these decorated containers.

plaid watercolor planters

Photography: John Armitage

Source: Martha Stewart


  1. Striped planters: Tape off thin vertical sections around the planter as shown in photo. Make sure tape is pressed down well onto wooden planter.
    plaid watercolor planters materials
  2. Using the medium water brush filled with water, very lightly brush water over every other section as shown. Dip the brush into Pool paint and add paint to the wet stripes until you get the desired intensity.
  3. Repeat technique onto remaining sections using Dragonfly paint; let dry, then remove tape.
  4. Repeat steps 1–3 using Clementine and Yellowjacket paints on a separate planter.
  5. Ombré planters: Using the large water brush filled with water, very lightly wet the entire surface of the planter.
  6. Starting at the bottom of the planter, dip the brush into Dragonfly paint and apply it until you get desired intensity.
  7. As you move up the pot add less paint and more water to the brush to create a lighter intensity; let dry. (Tip: start light! It’s always easier to add intensity rather than remove.)

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