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Secret Garden Sign

By: Chris Myer Williams for Plaid Enterprises

Direct everyone to your garden oasis with this Secret Garden Sign from Plaid.  Simple garden crafts like this are a great way to add some decorations and texture to even your outdoor display.  You could also hang this sign inside as well.

Secret Garden Sign

Materials:

  • Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Plaques - Arrow
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Classic Green, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Cinnamon, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Bark Brown, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Stencils - Value Packs - Letter Stencils - 2" Wedding Day Alphabet
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Cardinal Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Vintage White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Mediums - Crackle Medium, 8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Fresh Foliage, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Unpainted Layered Shapes - Snail
  • Brush Basin or container for water
  • Paper towels
  • Foam plate for palette
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Paint daubers
  • ¾” Flat brush
  • No. 10 Flat brush
  • No. 1 Liner brush
  • White craft glue


Instructions:
Preparation Instructions

  1. Arrow Sign – Basecoat entire arrow sign Cinnamon and allow to dry. Sand smooth using fine grit sandpaper and reapply color.
     
  2. When dry, apply a liberal coat of FolkArt Crackle Medium to top of arrow sign. Allow to dry.
     
  3. Paint Vintage White liberally over dried crackle medium in a slip slap motion. Do not over stroke as crackling will immediately begin.
     
  4. Snail – basecoat body Classic Green and swirl on shell Fresh Foliage. Allow to dry.

Painting Instructions

  1. Arrow Sign – stencil “G A R D E N” Cardinal Red. Shade lower half of each letter Bark Brown.
     
  2. Paint Cardinal Red daisies along the base of the sign. Paint a Cinnamon dot for the daisy center. Accent with Classic Green grass and leaves.
     
  3. Snail – Paint Vintage White stripes on the neck.
     
  4. Highlight the swirl with Wicker White and shade with Classic Green.
     
  5. Accent with Cardinal Red polka dots.
     
  6. Paint a Bark Brown eye and Cardinal Red cheek and smile.

Finishing Instructions

  1. Paint the edge of the arrow sign a trim color of choice, Bark Brown, Cardinal Red, or Cinnamon.
     
  2. Attach the painted snail to the arrow sign using white craft glue.

 

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