Project:  Mixed Media Flower Pot

Created by Prudy Vannier, Helping Artist

Prudy Vannier owns and operates Prudy’s Studio, Inc., a publishing company for decorative art books and pattern packets specializing in acrylic painting. Vannier’s style is fun, whimsical, and lighthearted, which can be readily seen in her series of Fairy Door pieces. Learn more about Vannier on her Spotlight page or visiting her online at

This example of Vannier’s signature Fairy Door series offers a lovely way to enjoy the spring and summer planting seasons. Embellishments liven up a simple terracotta pot with a mixed media door and flowers that can be painted to match your own color scheme.

DecoArt supplies

Americana Acrylics

  • DA221 Traditional Burnt Umber
  • DA131 Hauser Light Green
  • DA270 Ocean Blue
  • DAO30 Spice Pink (or your choice)
  • DAO10 Cadmium Yellow (or your choice)
  • DAO15 Cadmium Red (or your choice)
  • DAO1 Snow (Titanium) White (or your choice)

Sealers / Finishes

  • DAS13 Americana Matte Spray (optional)
  • DS69 One Step Crackle

Additional supplies



  • QuickWood sculpting putty (available at The Home Depot or
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Charms for embellishing door
  • Scharff brushes: Series 140 #20, #4
  • Prudy’s Best Brushes: Floater, Pouncer



  1. Paint Ocean Blue
  2. Crackle it with One Step Crackle Medium following directions on the packaging.
  3. Antique with Traditional Burnt Umber.
  4. Glue door knob and embellishments in place.
  5. Paint the door knob Traditional Burnt Umber.
  6. Adhere the pot to the saucer with QuikWood or glue. Place the saucer so that one edge will accommodate the door. Adhere the door to the edge of the saucer and to the side of the pot.

Flowers (sculpting)

  1. Follow the step-by-step illustration to form the flowers out of QuickWood (see helpful hints below).
  2. Sculpt a large rose and place within your shape.
  3. Add smaller flowers and fill in with leaves until the area is filled around the door.

Flowers (painting)

  1. Start with the leaves painting them Hauser Light Green.
  2. Paint the flowers with colors that you like. Make sure your colors are repeated throughout the design.
  3. When dry, antique with thinned Traditional Burnt Umber, making sure the color gets into all of the nooks and crannies. Lightly wipe with a damp paper towel.

Finishing touches

  1. Optionally spray with sealer.

Helpful hints

QuikWood is a putty-like substance with an epoxy center. To use it, twist off a small piece (an inch or two) and knead with your fingers until mixed. Use a little cooking spray on your fingers to avoid sticking. After it is kneaded and completely blended, you have 20 to 30 minutes to sculpt with it before it hardens. When the kneaded piece gets warm to the touch, it is a sign that it is hardening. Quickly shape your remaining pieces into leaf shapes that you can use later with glue. You don’t want to waste a bit!