Orange Butterfly on Rock

We may not be covered in snow here in the Pacific Northwest, but we are a bit chilly…and that has me thinking of spring and working in the garden. I can’t wait to have the sun shining down on me, while I dig and plant flowers to bring my garden to life. Another way that I love to add interest and color to my many flower beds is with garden decor pieces. Many of our larger spring resin pieces are perfect for this…and with DecoArt Patio Paint, it is even easier to create beautiful durable pieces you can enjoy for seasons to come.

I thought I would give our Butterfly on Rock a bold and bright look to make it stand out for sure in the garden, not to mention that cute little solar butterfly that glows on the side is another fun feature! I love the way it turned out, and all that I have to do now is decide where to put it.

I hope this inspires you to paint one for your garden…it paints up quickly too, which is a big plus!

Here is what you will need:

Butterfly on Rock

DecoArt Patio Paint:
Natural Tan Grout
Pinecone Brown
Antique Mum
Fern Green
Orange Poppy
Marigold
Wrought Iron Black
Sunshine Yellow
Clear Coat

Additional Supplies:
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray
Papillon 4 Piece Highlighter Set
Papillon 3 Piece Midliner Set

First, paint the entire rock and large butterfly with Clear Coat and let dry. Paint the rock with Natural Tan Grout, I did two coats to make sure that I got all of the grooves filled. With one of the large Highlighter brushes, scrub here and there in the deeper grooves of the rock with Pinecone Brown, scrub most of the color in your brush out on a towel and do the same thing but on the raised areas of the rock with Antique Mum. For the final touch on the rock, scrub here and there again with Fern Green.

Paint the large butterfly with Orange Poppy, this took two coats for a really good coverage. Let dry. With a smaller Highlighter brush and Pinecone Brown, lightly add some shadows to the lower sections of the wings and where the wings over lap and next to the body. Again using a clean, small Highlighter brush and Marigold, add highlights on the raised wing sections. Enhance the highlight with Sunshine Yellow, this will really make the ridges stand out. With a your Midliner Brush, paint the body and the outside detail edge with Wrought Iron Black. Then with Wrought Iron Black lightly watered down, add a few strokes following the raised curves of the wings.

When the paint is completely dry, apply Clear Coat again. After the piece is completely dry, I like to add an extra protective coat of Triple Thick Gloss Spray. This will give your piece a little extra shine and will give it even more protection while in the garden.

Happy Painting…and think Spring everyone!

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Gnome with Mushroom – Patio Paint

There is nothing like a bright and cheery gnome in a garden…and this little guy will be no exception. Using DecoArt Patio Paint, this little guy will be able to endure the weather that will be coming this spring and summer, and is sure to brighten his little place in the garden. I painted him for a friend of mine who just moved into a house and will have her own garden this season…I think he is going to be a great fit!

Here is what you will need:
Gnome with Mushroom

DecoArt Patio Paint:
Vintage Rose
Grey Skies
Coral Sunset
Cloud White
Deep Waterfall Blue
Wrought Iron Black
Natural Tan Grout
Geranium Red
Tuscan Red
Pine Green
Coastal Surf
Pinecone Brown
Fuchsia
Marigold
Splendid Gold
Clear Coat

Additional Supplies:
Papillon 10 Piece Resin Brush Set
Papillon Filbert Comb size 1/2″
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray

First, paint the entire gnome with Clear Coat and let dry. Once dry, I like to to start with the face, it brings character to the piece very quickly. Paint the Face, ears,mouth, and hands with Vintage Rose. Shade under the hat, along the hairline, cheeks, under the nose, center of nose, mouth, ears next to the hair, hands along where the jacket touches, and down the grooves of the fingers with Coral Sunset. Also, add some light shading in the grooves of the eyes, paint the tongue, and deepen the cheeks with Coral Sunset as well. Paint the eyes Cloud White, irises are Deep Waterfall Blue, pupils are Wrought Iron Black. Add a highlight dot to each eye with Cloud White. Paint the eyebrows, mustache, beard, and hair with Grey Skies. When dry, use your Filbert Comb and Cloud White to stroke in some white highlights here and there in the eyebrows, mustache, beard and hair.

Now it is time to add color to the rest of him. The hat is Geranium Red and highlighted with Fuchsia. The coat is Deep Waterfall Blue highlighted with a Coastal Surf. Belt is Wrought Iron Black. Pants are Pint Green and highlighted with a brush mix of Pine Green and Cloud White. Shoes are Pinecone Brown (don’t worry about getting full coverage, as any strokes and such will make the shoes look old and worn) Souls and belts on the shoes are Wrought Iron Black. All buckles, and brads on the shoes, coat, belt, and hat are Splendid Gold.

The mushroom cap is painted with Tuscan Red and highlighted with Fuchsia, dip dots are Cloud White. Base of the mushroom are Natural Tan Grout. Bird is Coastal Blue with highlights here and there with Cloud White, and a little shading with Deep Waterfall Blue. Beak is Marigold. Eyes are Cloud White with a dip dot of Wrought Iron Black. Let dry.

Last but not least, add a coat of Clear Coat to your gnome and let him dry. Finish with a final coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray, this is just for a little extra protection.

I hope you enjoy painting a little gnome for your garden.

Happy Painting!

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Veggie Gnomes with Patio Paint

I love these resin Vegetable Gnomes! They were so much fun to paint as their characters shown through with every brush stroke. To bring this trio to life, I chose to use DecoArt Patio Paint, that way they would be able to hold up better out in the garden this spring and summer.

Here is what you will need:
Vegetable Gnomes – Set of 3

DecoArt Patio Paint:
Vintage Rose
Grey Skies
Coral Sunset
Cloud White
Tango Blue
Wrought Iron Black
Geranium Red
Fern Green
Tuscan Red
Tiger Lilly Orange
Fuchsia
Sweet Pea
Natural Tan Grout
Pinecone Brown
Woodland Brown
Hydrangea Blue
Marigold
Clear Coat

Additional Supplies:
Papillon Highlighter Brushes
Papillon 10 Piece Resin Brush Set
Papillon Filbert Comb 1/2″
Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

First, paint all three gnomes with a coat of Patio Paint Clear Coat. This will seal them and give them just a little extra durability. Once this is dry, paint all the faces, hands, and ears with Vintage Rose. Shade each face under the hat brim, along the side of the face, along the cheeks, under the nose, inside the mouth, in the eye creases, where the ears meet the beard, along the hands by the cuff of the shirt and down the groove of each finger with Coral Sunset. Add a little bit more Coral Sunset to make the cheeks nice and rosy. Eyes are Cloud White, irises are Tango Blue, pupils Wrought Iron Black. Each eye gets a highlight dot of Cloud White. Paint the eyebrows, beard, mustache, and hair with Grey Skies. When the base coat is dry, then use your Filbert Comb Brush with Cloud White, and stroke on some white hear and there to break up the grey color. Add a highlight dot to each cheek with Cloud White.

All hats and mushroom caps (the cuffs above the socks and shoes) are painted Tiger Lilly Orange and are highlighted with Marigold. The caps have dip dots of Wrought Iron Black. Sleeves, and socks (mushroom stems) are painted with Natural Tan Grout. Shoes are Woodland Brown. I chose to do one coat and left the strokes to show so that the shoes looked like worn leather.

Each sign are painted with Pinecone Brown, don’t worry about coverage, the rougher it looks, the more it looks like old wood. The post on the Apple Gnome is painted with Woodland Brown. I chose three fun says, “Peas Grow”, “Bless my Bloomers”, and “Garden of Weeden”…each of these I hand wrote and then lined with Wrought Iron Black.

The Apple Gnome is painted Tuscan Red and highlighted with Fuchsia. The leaf is painted with Fern Green.

Paint the Artichoke Gnome with Fern Green and highlighted with Sweet Pea and touches of Fuschia mixed with Sweet Pea.

The Strawberry Gnome is painted with Geranium Red and highlighted with Fuchsia. Paint the leaves with Fern Green.

When these three charming guys are all dry, apply a coat of Patio Paint Clear Coat. For the final touch, I like to spray with Triple Thick Varnish for extra shine and protection from the weather.

And there you go…now you have three adorable gnomes to join you in the garden this spring and summer.

Happy Painting!

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