I have always wanted to paint a garden sign, why have I not done it until now? Well, time for one, but also, I have so many hobbies and crafts that I tend to bounce around from project to project alot, and well, the garden sign just never happened.
We put up a small section of picket fence, oh about 11 years ago and I have had a small section floating around the yard that my boys used to build forts with and ramps, and it has managed to stay in one piece over the years. So, I decided I would use that shabby piece of picket fence and make it into my garden sign this year.
First off, I wanted to try using DecoArt’s new Americana Decor Wood Reclaim (#87427) and see how it would work on the rough pickets. I chose not to sand the pickets, but just dive right in and start painting every inch with Wood Reclaim. I used two coats to really give a good cover to the wood on both the front and the back. This product made the rough and aged pickets feel smooth again. I let it dry over night and then I was ready to paint.
I chose to use DecoArt Patio Paint for extra durability. For the background color, I used the darkest green I had, you could use any color that you like or have on hand, this is where you can have alot of fun. I once again did two coats for the background color for the front and the back, this pretty much used up all of the green, but hey, what is paint there for, but to be used. I let this dry overnight, which actually led to several days of sitting and drying due to lack of time to work on the sign. You all know how life can sometimes get in the way of crafting and painting.
Then with some stencils I had in my stash of supplies, I spelled out, “Welcome to my garden”. I chose to trace them on and then carefully outlined them with my brush and a soft yellow paint and then filled the letters in. I chose to do two coats for a more solid finish. When it came to the flower designs, I knew I really didn’t want to trace patterns on, so I decided to freehand all of my designs and sketched them in with a white chalk pencil starting with the daisies on the top of each picket. Then I sketched out the vines on the cross bars.
Looking through the my paint colors I had at home, which was not the entire line of Patio Paint, I made my plan. I painted the daisy petals white with a yellow center and then stippled layers of brown to the centers for more detail. The vines were painted with a script liner and a dark brown and then I went over them again with a lighter brown for highlights. The leaves and flowers are all stroke flowers that were just quick and easy, as well as fun to paint. Then I added a few dip dots here and there along the vines in a light pink and blue to match the center dots of the small stroked flowers. With this part, you can paint any type of flower you want, I really wanted a fun whimsical look, so I did not worry about being exact.
After all the flowers were dry, I outlined the larger daisies with black for petal separation. Let the paint dry for about 24 hours, just to make sure it is good and dry. Then apply two coats of Patio Paint Clear Coat for the finishing touch. I let it dry for about 72 hours to make sure that the paint was cured.
Then the task was to where I was going to put it in our yard. I moved it around and around and then settled on the spot where it would be. I am very happy that I found the time to create this sign and love how it turned out. I think I am ready to paint more garden signs now!
Happy Spring and Happy Painting!