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The sugar bowl is painted in “surrealistic” style (dreamlike with hidden meanings) for which Cuban artists are known. The lid is bright red which reflects a primary color on the Cuban flag. Stars are falling from it onto the sky below, which has sugar canes falling also. Perhaps the clouds represent sugar. What is your interpretation? Az`ucar is the Spanish word for sugar.


When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


Main supplies:

  • Small clay flower pot
  • Clay saucer that fits into the top
  • 1” wood ball
  • Glue
  • Small sponge
  • 1.5” wood disks
  • DecoArt® Ultra Gloss Enamel – Gloss Black DG02, Gloss White DG01, Cadmium Yellow DG06, Christmas Red DG10, Baby Blue DG27, Sable Brown DG25, Burnt Sienna DG53
  • Roya®l Brushes: 1” brush, #3 round brush
    Paint supplies:

    Paint supplies:
  • water basin
  • paper towel
  • Royal® palette paper
  • Royal® graphite paper
  • tracing paper
  • pencil
  • Royal® stylus


1. 1. Wash and dry the pots and saucer. Glue a wood disk in the bottom of the pot to cover the hole.
2. Use the 1” brush to basecoat the lid and wood ball with Christmas Red. The pot is Baby Blue. Dry.
3. Pick up a small amount of Gloss White with the corner of the sponge, then sponge clouds into the blue sky on the pot.
4. Trace the pattern onto tracing paper. Lay the pattern onto the surface, slide graphite paper under it, then go over the pattern with a stylus so that it shows on the surface.
5. Sugar canes are painted with the round brush with Sable Brown. Use the brush to mix a little white with Sable Brown to paint the ends. Use Burnt Sienna to make the sections in the canes. Notice that if you push a round brush down, the paint goes wide. If you paint on the very tip of the brush hairs, you can create thin lines.
6. Paint the letters with Gloss Black using the round brush.
7. Stars can be freehanded. Follow the step by step instruction below. Use the round brush to paint them with Cadmium Yellow.
8. Clean your brush out carefully with soap and water. Allow your painted pot to air dry for 7 days before hand washing it.





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