Fearless Friday, Painted Pitcher

I bought this pitcher at Hobby Lobby several years ago,

thinking I would do a MacKenzie-Childs knock off

Instead of painting a MacKenzie-Childs style pattern,

I ended up being inspired by my Pflatzgraff dishware

and painted the pitcher to go with it

and also go with a MKC Royal Check Pedestal Platter

I received as a gift

The bowls have orange/reddish blooms on them

with flowing branches and leaves

I didn’t copy the pattern on the dishware exactly,

but simply tried to replicate the free feel of the abstract floral

I decided to paint blue checks on the lower half of the pitcher,

on the spout, handle,

and do a similar simplified pattern in the center area

I started with the checks,

turning the pitcher upside down,

and with a flat square brush I painted the bottom row

As you can see, the checks are far from perfect,

but I have painted enough things to learn

that hand painted pieces are never perfect

and that is their charm

Once the piece is complete,

you won’t notice the small imperfections

A lazy Susan is a great helper for painting things like this,

you can spin it to reach all sides of the piece you are painting

without having to move it

Next I flipped it back over and painted the spout and handle

{the pitcher had a few weathered places on the finish when I bought it,

so I left them alone for character}

The flowers are created with just a few loose strokes of a fat round brush

A small stroke in the center and then a curved stroke on each side

A few fast swooshes of brown for the branches,

and several shades of green for the leaves

Fast and loose is the secret to these strokes,

practice on a sheet of paper until you feel comfortable

I loaded my brush with both red and orange,

letting the colors mix as they were applied

Blue dots around the blooms are the finishing touch

I also added a few strokes of yellow orange

to tone down the red blooms a notch and fill out the flowers

I used curable acrylic paint made for glass

After the piece dries overnight,

it can be baked to make the surface washable

You can see the pitcher used in a Spring Chickens tablescape here

I hope you’ll try painting something you have around your house …

Have fun and Be Fearless!

Here are some other Spring makeovers for inspiration

Little Miss Fancy

Bunnies & Egg

Mermaid Pot

Polka Dot Birdhouse

Juicy Details

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There are many different glass paints available, this is the set I use from Amazon here. They’re good quality, and can be used for other things besides glass too

This is an affordable lazy Susan, here just cover it with a cloth or towel and you will have a great painting aid

*note: follow the instructions on your paint to cure your painted piece

This is the method I use:

Place the piece, glass or ceramic, in a cold oven and turn to 325, bake it for 45 minutes once it reaches 325 then turn oven off and crack the door and let the piece cool down slowly with the oven. The piece will gradually heat up and cool down with the oven which prevents cracking

The longer the paint is dry on your piece, the more durable it will become over time. Pieces that are decorative do not need to be cured and can be simply dusted with a soft cloth

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37 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Painted Pitcher”
  1. I really like how your pitcher turned out,, Jenna. The light touch you describe really makes it stand out. Have a great weekend.

  2. This is fabulous, Jenna. I really love your style and that dinnerware and stand are perfect inspirations. It all looks like it belongs together. Fabulous!

  3. Your work is always so cheerful Jenna, it makes me happy just looking at your pieces and your tablescapes! Happy Friday!

  4. Jenna, it’s pretty with the Royal Check, too. I like it! Brava!

  5. Pattie says:

    I LOVE IT!!! You really make projects like this look doable.

  6. Hi, what a great project Jenna. Now, you have to do a print of the pitcher w/flowers? for your shop. Love all the colors and joy, it just makes me smile! Sandi

  7. You should be a designer for McKenzie Childs.

  8. Jenna, I love the pitcher…it is stunning on the MC Royal Check and perfect with the dinnerware. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

  9. lghiggins says:

    I don’t understand how you manage to take swipes and blobs of color and make them look so lovely. If I did it, it would look like…swipes and blobs of color! That’s OK. It just makes me enjoy your creations all the more.

  10. pattyanneart says:

    Fabulous, Jenna! 💚😊 Love the colors and beautiful design.

  11. thefrenchhutch says:

    Your pitcher really turned our so pretty, love the abstract floral design. I always enjoy these tutorials. You make it look so easy but the few times I’ve tried to paint I know that’s not the case, it takes lots of talent! Love the other makeovers, Little Miss Fancy and your birdhouse had me awwwing! Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  12. Very nice creativity 😍

  13. Mary says:

    Jenna, Your pitcher is so charming with its cheery mix of royal blue checks, dots and blooms! ♥

  14. You are very talented! What a difference and so pretty. I love the painted pedestal base too and they look so pretty together.

  15. Cyndi Raines says:

    How smart are you! Looks great!

  16. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  17. Jenna, I am by no stretch the artist you are, but I think I could do this. I love how you broke down the steps into manageable parts. Thank you for sharing on Tuesday Turn About.

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