Have some plain Terra Cotta Bowls on hand and want to add some character then why not update them into this fun Aztec Inspired Clay Bowls.
I have so many Terra Cotta Bowls in my home for some reason and I do like them but I just needed to add some design to these bowls.
After the Geometric Bowl Makeover that I did a while back I had a similar Clay Bowl Leftover, so this time around with some Aztec Inspiration the Earthen Bowl got a little makeover.
Update: Since this craft, I have transformed about 5 bowls with varying designs which you should check out in this post, 5 Ways to Upcycle Bowls.
This is how the Terra Cotta Bowl looked before, plain and just Earthen color.
Material Needed for Aztec Inspired Clay Bowl
Terra Cotta Bowl
Paper (to make a template)
Tutorial for Aztec Inspired Clay Bowl
I first painted the entire bowl in bright orange color.
When it dried it looked a bit similar to the bowl before it was painted but at least it was a bit more vibrant now.
You could of course choose any color of your liking. I chose a bold blue color for my Southwestern-Inspired Clay Bowl which also turned out beautiful.
For the Aztec Design part, I cut out stencils from an old newspaper, nothing too fancy. Just some paper and scissors to make a template.
Fold the four times and in a staircase pattern trim the paper.
When you will open it up it will become an Aztec design.
Cut out two sizes one was large and the other one was a bit smaller.
I then drew a Southwester design and cut it out equally.
I placed the larger stencil in the middle and traced an outline with a pencil and the smaller stencils I traced around the entire rim of the bowl.
After that, I took out my white paint and with a really thin pointed brush started filling in the design.
When that was all filled and painted, I went over the larger design in the middle with Pastel Green Paint and outlined the entire design.
And of course as always at the End like every project that I do I had to outline all the designs with my Gold Sharpie.
The last part is optional but I do like to seal my projects with a clear polyacrylic sealant just so all the hard work is preserved.
And that was it.
These bowls are my favorite catch all Bowl. Perfect to set on a bathroom countertop to hold all your perfumes etc or for you front door to keep your keys and all other knick knacks.
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