How to Use Martha Stewart Potter's Clay Paint

Flat walls can seem drab, while rolling or spraying on texture can be more permanent decor than you desire.
Give your walls a textured look with less fuss using Martha Stewart Potter's Clay paint. Potter's Clay is a faux-finish texture based around an eggshell sheen, allowing the walls to be wiped and cleaned without the fear of burnishing or otherwise damaging the finish. Use Potter's Clay to create a random, organic texture or with techniques otherwise used for faux-glazing for definable patterns on your walls. Projects using Potter's Clay can be finished in as few as two days.

Step 1

Protect all surfaces that you will not be painting. Tape off all moldings and objects that must stay on the wall. Remove any switch plates and outlet covers. Put a drop cloth on the floor.

Step 2

Apply a base coat of eggshell paint in the color corresponding to your Potter's Clay paint to the wall. Wait at least 24 hours for the paint to dry.

Step 3

Pour the Potter's Clay paint into a paint tray. Wet your 3/8-inch nap roller with water, then wring out as much excess as possible. Load your roller with paint, turning it in the pan to ensure it is coated evenly.

Step 4

Roll the Potter's Clay paint onto the wall. Apply the paint in a 3-foot-by-3-foot W pattern. Reload the roller if necessary, then bring the roller back along the pattern to fill it in. Continue this across the wall, then allow this coat of Martha Stewart Potter's Clay paint to dry thoroughly.

Step 5

Load a 3-inch flat brush with Potter's Clay paint, then use a short, random X pattern to create columns of crisscrosses across your wall. Blend the wet edges of each pattern to ensure a cohesive finish. Allow this coat to dry for 24 hours.

Step 6

Remove the tape from your walls and drop cloth from your room and replace your switch covers and outlet plates.

Things You Will Need

  • 3/8-inch roller cover
  • 1/2-inch roller cover
  • Potter's Clay paint
  • Eggshell finish broadwall paint
  • Roller frame
  • Drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint tray
  • Tray liner
  • Weaver brush
  • 3 inch flat paint brush


  • Create patterns using Potter's Clay paint by using weaver brushes, whisk brooms or a sea sponge.


  • Always use Potter's Clay with its prescribed base coat color as deviation will cause unpredictable finish results.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Morgan Huntley has been writing since 2005. She has produced a variety of travel and home improvement articles for sites including eHow and Answerbag. She attended Truman State University.