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Tips to Give a Quirky Make-over to a Simple Clay-Pot Water Dispenser
Art and Craft as a Therapy
Of all the benefits that come from crafting, the greatest is the sense of accomplishment that it bestows upon the maker once the task is accomplished. Lower primary school teaching techniques have resorted heavily towards art and crafts as a basic tool of learning, developing mental and motor skills and instilling a sense of fulfillment in children from the very beginning of the process of putting them into a disciplined track in life.
Crafting is a great source of joy for adults too and research has shown time and again that it works as a therapy for many kinds of ailments - both physical and psychological. Nursing Homes and Care-Centres all over the world have started hosting art and craft sessions for Diabetic, High Blood Pressure, Cancer etc. patients and such activities have aided the patients a long way in curing their illness as well as increasing their longevity.
Clay Water-Dispenser make-over
This clay-pot water dispenser was lying in my house for a long time and I really didn't know what to do with it. Reverse Osmosis water filters have become an absolute necessity these days with the increasing levels of iron deposition in drinking water, thus, making clay-pot dispensers quite obsolete nowadays.
Painting on the terracotta dispenser certainly didn't fulfill my passion of giving it a complete make-over. So I instead decided to do something more quirky to it.
There was a bundle of hemp rope left-over lying in a box that I had procured (for INR 7!) for tying up carton boxes before shifting to my new apartment. Some colourful wooden and plastic beads that came out of an old necklace set the imagination to fire and here is what I came up with! The adorned neck of the pot has completely given a new language and look to this otherwise redundant piece that was lying in my house. It has instead, brightened up one corner of my terrace now and is utilitarian too! This dispenser has become a favourite with my friends who come over to lounge at my terrace once in a while during weekends.
A clay-pot water dispenser is also a great addition to a modern house nowadays because of its earthy appeal. The water contained in such terracotta pots help emanate an earthy smell from the drinking-water which most people like. Of course, if this smell is something you do not prefer, the utilitarian part can immediately be stricken off and the pot can be used as a decorative item only.
Tips to make it easier for some of you...
For all of you who do not want to use a paint-brush or are not deft with it, here are some tips to make the task easier for you:
1. Make a sponge/foam tool like the picture above, take some acrylic/fabric colours (they are washable) on a plate and dab the pot with colours of your choice using the sponge. Sponge/foam tools create a nice texture on surfaces that looks very artistic even if the work is done in the most haphazard and hurried manner.
2. In case you don't have foam lying at home, the next best alternative is to use a toothbrush and texture the entire pot with layers of different colours. The result is a maverick mixture of colourful textures which you will not get with the most complex of painting tools!