Pleasant in the mornings, hot in the afternoons, showers in the evenings and cool in the nights. That’s Bangalore weather for you. During late afternoons, it gets totally dark setting the scene for a heavy downpour. And, this is when I get busy giving into a latest obsession – hand painting terracotta planters. I’ve tried on different colors on a few planters we picked on our return from the Mahabalipuram trip. It’s an understatement to say I’m having fun painting them. It’s fun mixing the colors, wiping it away when I feel the colors are either too strong or too subdued, and start redoing it from scratch. The colors look stunning in the hot summer weather. And, I’m constantly searching the web for inspiration.

Some of my latest rustic creations:

The circles are stenciled on a terracotta planter white white as base. I haven’t primed the surface and the surface is not smooth (no sanding) as I wanted it that way for outdoors.

Puzzling circles planter
Puzzling circles planter

Here are a few I liked at Crate and Barrel. I’m in love with colors. I think the herb designs on white planters look neat. I’ve been toying with the idea of growing parsley once again. Every single time in the past has been a disaster. It so happens that rats are fond of the green leaves and once the plant starts growing, it attracts the pests. The floral patterns, though a tried-and-tested one, never fails to charm me. When you’ve run out of ideas, you can safely go back to this one  and still feel good about it.

Floral planters
Floral planters

As always, I’ve saved the best for the last. This set is from Anthropologie. The colors and designs look very Indian. They remind me of mehendi and designs one often sees on handicrafts. Bright colors, cool shapes and intricate eye-catching designs definitely make them stand out from the rest.

Anthropologie planters
Anthropologie planters


  1. Hi
    absolutly agree with u abt B’lore weather, but we r lucky, unlike the rest of India we r getting shower in the eve, quite like B’lore 10 yrs back.
    Ur pottery painting idea is gr8, simple but eye candy. Wll u share the process, like what colour u use, how do u paint the sirface etc etc, It wll b my fist potery painiting..:)
    thanks in advance.

  2. laksh

    Rupa: You can use acrylic paint after sanding/priming the surface for a smooth finish.

  3. Hi, can I use normal oil based paint… I have some cans left so want to use these up

  4. hi!. I stumbled upon ur website and fell in love with it :).
    Loved everything in the DIY section. I wanted know what paint did u use to paint the images in ur balcony?? Can i use acrylic for this?

  5. laksh

    Welcome here, Haasini. Yes, I used acrylic paint.

  6. Hi,like many others,just came across ur blog by accident,I absolutely love it………really helpful

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