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Thin two parts paint with one part water and mix thoroughly. We used Snow Cap to simulate mineral deposits.
Paint the exterior of a clean pot with thinned paint and immediately run the sides of the pot under a thin stream of water to remove some of the paint.
If you remove too much paint with the water, brush on more and rinse until you achieve the desired effect. Let the pot dry for at least a day before using.
Select two complementary colors, one darker than the other. The combinations we used included Rolling Glen and La Fonda Tortuga (darker), Sea Seeker and Tropical Oasis (darker), and Lovebirds and Newport Gray (darker).
Apply a coat of the lighter color to a clean terra-cotta pot. Immediately after the surface becomes dry to the touch, sand with coarse sandpaper and let the remaining paint dry thoroughly.
Fresh paint can clog the grit on sandpaper, creating deposits that will mar the surface as you sand. Continually shift the sandpaper to expose fresh surfaces as you work.
Repeat the painting and sanding process using the darker color until you have the look you want.