DIY colorful stones for the garden - we create with pleasure!
The garden is not only a place of continuous labor, but also relaxation. And so that the rest was pleasant and comfortable, we resort to various small "tricks". We design recreation areas with a table and barbecue facilities, plant flowers in containers in prominent places, make mini-ponds and decorate the area with small sculptures ... One of the decorations for the garden will be discussed in this article. Make it easy, you just need to stock up on the necessary materials in advance. You can bring to business the whole family and even the smallest. You will get pleasure not only from the result, but also from the work process! Decorative stones for the garden will always look original, because you will make them with your own hands and in your own "design".
How to use decorated stones in the garden?
Decorated stones - a huge scope for imagination. There are many examples of this on the Internet today. From cute stone ladybugs decorating the front garden to unusual stone “paintings”. And each product makes you touch.
However, we have a simple master class, for beginners, so to speak, for “designers”, so we will consider the most simple examples and options - bugs, fish, birds and simple pictures on stones that children like to draw.
You can use these works in different ways. Small bugs - placed in flower beds or simply on the steps of the house, they will be decorated with pots with indoor or garden flowers. You can give small pictures on stones to grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle, family friends, etc. Large works can become a decoration at the pond, a bright addition to the coniferous garden, a sweet surprise in the flowerbed, or even find functional applications - to become a decorative "barrier" to enter your territory at the gates or to hold the door.
What do you need?
To decorate the garden with colorful decorative stones, we need:
- PVA glue;
- honed simple pencil;
- glossy acrylic paints;
- a glass of water;
- brushes - wide natural (the most inexpensive) for working with glue and several good, nylon, with different thicknesses for drawing patterns. From thick, for continuous painting of the surface, to thin, for drawing thin lines;
- the stones.
Glossy paints are better to buy a set. They are not cheap, but they can find many applications, especially if you like to create something with your own hands. And you can take only a few flowers.
As for stones, it can be river pebbles or medium-sized hewn boulders and sea pebbles of various shapes. They must be selected carefully, paying attention to the shape, size and quality of the surface.
If ideals are supposed to be painted on pebbles, they can be flat, of any shape. If they have to become bugs or caterpillars - actually rounded, oval or elongated. If as an economic application - large ...
On a smooth surface, the paint lays down easier. It’s more difficult to work on a porous one and the applied layer will “glare” in the sun. Therefore, it is better to choose smooth instances for the decor.
Master class "Ladybug"
If necessary, we wash the stones from the ground, wipe to remove sand from them. We are drying. We take a thick natural brush and apply PVA glue to the top surface of the pebble. Set the stone aside until it dries completely. We immediately wash the brush from the glue and set it to dry. This step is necessary in order to smooth out small pits and cracks on the surface of pebbles, and therefore - to simplify the work of applying paints.
When the glue has dried, we take a simple pencil and sketch the drawing. You need to draw with thin lines. Avoid too small parts. In fact, we need to separate the head with a line - it will be black. Draw a line separating the elytra and outline the area of the abdomen, if you want it to look out from under the elytra.
We paint over the largest details - red elytra (you can yellow, pink, blue, orange, green, purple - depending on what kind of ladybug you have). Brush strokes are best applied in one direction so that the paint is even. We try to cover with color not only the “back” of the pebble, but also the sides, so that when viewed from the side, unpainted surfaces can be seen. Let the paint dry.
We paint over the head of God's head. First, draw a line separating it from the elytra, then cover the rest with color. Immediately draw a line dividing the wings. And the abdomen peeking out from under them.
Draw the dots. There may be only three on each side of the back, or maybe more - this is your ladybug - make it up as you wish!
We make eyes. There are also many options. I like when instead of the eye there are two white dots. Someone puts blue pupils at these points. Someone is completing cilia ...
That's all! Our ladybug is ready! If desired, you can also draw a stone ladybug and antennae. You can make it without a dividing strip on the back, turning it into a striped bug. If the shape of the pebble allows, instead of a ladybug, you can make a cute caterpillar or worm!
In the same way, fish and birds are drawn. A sketch is made first. Then the largest details are painted. And only after - small ones and those that go along the main background.
Small children are more interested in drawing without preliminary sketches. Usually they paint pebbles on the sea, trees, or just some kind of abstraction. Such an activity develops confidence and the ability to see and create beauty in them.
Tips for working with acrylic paints
As I mentioned, acrylic paints can come in handy in different situations. And all because of its versatility. They can be applied to any surface. On glass, paper, fabric, wood, metal, leather surfaces.
Such paints well overlap the color of the surface on which they are applied. They mix perfectly, which makes it possible to obtain the necessary shades. Dry quickly enough. After drying, do not wash off with water.
Due to the ability to dry quickly after using the color, the jar of acrylic paints must be closed immediately, tightly twisting the lid. If they dry, it will be impossible to rehabilitate them. If the paint has just begun to thicken, you can add a little cold water to it, it is water-soluble (but only until it dries completely) and mix until creamy.
To prolong the life of the brushes, you need to wash them immediately after work, first in a jar, then in running water. Set to dry up with bristles (children usually do the opposite).
If paints are not planned for reuse soon, they are tightly closed and stored. But once a month, it is recommended to look into the jars and check whether you need to add water to them. Need to? Added, stirred and set aside again until the next test or use.