Green Forest, AR (PressExposure) January 26, 2007 -- Now you can add color and visual interest to any home's outdoor areas, without spending a fortune. Painted Garden Art Anyone Can Do introduces new and innovative uses for cast cement and manufactured stone, as well as natural rocks, to create colorful accents, focal points and artful touches that will dress up any garden. Use them alone or to supplement existing plantings. Either way, you can create a show-stopping display with these fun and easy projects from artist and author Lin Wellford. Wellford is widely known for her books on the art of painting on rocks. Here she expands on that theme to show how ordinary landscaping elements can be transformed into amazing art pieces that, in turn, will transform any patio, courtyard, deck, and any outdoor space that could use a bit of attention.
"These days people are discovering that they just don't have time to keep up with gardening chores," Wellford explains. "Like housework, gardening is something that demands on-going effort. That is not the case with painted garden art."
The author explains that in far less time than it takes to prepare, plant and maintain a bed of annuals, you can use homemade foam flower and leaf stamps to create a set of gorgeous scalloped border pieces that will never wilt and require no weeding or deadheading. Borders can be used alone, or coupled with real flowers to make a dazzling display. Butterfly and flower stepping stones are another option for giving any neglected area a quick pick-me-up. They are easy enough to make a fun family project, and by using weather-resistant paints, these colorful creations will last for years.
Add whimsical touches to your garden with playful caterpillar borders and perhaps a school of Fishy Flower Beds. A life size Garden Gator is sure to stop passers-by in their tracks, especially if it is filled with prickly succulents of an array of brightly colored begonias. For a more traditional look, gardeners can try their hand at painting a Faux Fish Pond complete with waterlilies. Add a lifelike Basking Iguana, or several baskets of flowers painted on retaining wall stones. Whether you'd like a complete garden makeover, or just want to add a few artful touches, Painted Garden Art Anyone Can Do provides complete instructions, full size patterns and gorgeous photography that is enough to inspire anyon to try their hand at this low-cost and full-filled art form.
Painted Garden Art Anyone Can Do will be released in May by ArtStone Press. It is a selection of Creative Painting Book Club.