I came across this article in a link party I had posted to and asked for permission to re-post it here.
Yes, it’s THAT GOOD!
Original article hosted and courtesy of Flower Patch Farmhouse. Click any image for link.
How to Make Great Brick Garden Markers!
We have done one lovely project using our veggie painting skills so lets do another!
I love all the hand painted garden markers I have seen around the internet but the only problem for me is they are small. So small that in my untidy way of gardening they would easily get buried or lost in all the vegetation. So I decided on an inexpensive but effective way to overcome that.
These are your standard concrete bricks. I found mine at the building supply for around 50 cents each. They came in red too but I went with the gray.
I laid them out on the table and just rolled on some leftover white Zinser we had laying around. I did a couple coats as these are very porous and thus very rough. I only did two coats but if I did it again I think I would put 3 coats letting each coat dry thoroughly between applications.
Now start adding your paintings..each photo will have the link to the corresponding painting lesson..
How to Paint a Tomato
How to Paint a Radish
How to Paint Peas in a Pod
And last but not least, how to paint Lettuce…
I did not paint a garden marker for Carrots but you can use this tutorial to do so yourself if you wish..
I don’t paint the edges or backs but I do seal the entire marker with Exterior water-based varathane. I would recommend using and older paint brush on the bricks, the rough surface really can do a number on a brush. The designs are large enough that you really don’t need a pristine paint brush to paint them well.
So have fun and paint up some today! They would make great gifts for the garden lover in your life.
Happy Gardening and Painting!
Thank you so much Pamela and Flower Patch Farmhouse for letting me share your brilliance and talent here.
Go send her blog some love – you’ll be addicted as soon as you visit!
Have a great one!