We are fortunate to have a pretty large rear garden. We have big plans for the area and really hope to get to grips with it over the coming months.
Before I share any new work I am going to have a quick recap of what we did last Summer and share how the projects have stood up to a long, wet winter.
We OJ did a lot of digging last summer and he uncovered several large stones. They were rescued from the wheel barrow and given a good clean. The plan was for the children to paint them into colourful monsters, ladybirds, fish; whatever tickled their fancy really.
They painted the stones with several coats (6 in all) of red ready mix paint from Hobbycraft . They then added black spots and facial features. Mr M finished them off with a coat of clear spray varnish. To be honest the children got a pretty bored of adding the layers and would have preferred something with more instant results.
Although they did a great job the overall colour was a little dull. Mr M decided to experiment with some other stones using spray paint rather than poster paint. He used Wilko’s own brand black enamel spray for a base coat. Once that was dry he used masking tape to mark off those bits he wanted to spray red. The final job was to add lovely white smiles and eyes and a final coat of clear varnish to seal it all.
There was a marked difference between the two finishes. The sprayed ones had a lovely glossy sheen to them. So I think depending on your preferred finish this would be a project for grown ups to do with their children, or for very patient children to do alone if you decided to build up the final effect layer by layer with poster paints. Either way they are a lovely way to add a shot of colour into a garden or patio.
After a long wet winter sat on the patio both types are still bright and vibrant. It has been lovely to look out at them on dull mornings. I think that the sprayed stones have held up slightly better and are still as good as new.
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