|Faux stone planter from foam shipping box.|
|T.C. helps Mary 2 assemble her bench|
|Round up a few supplies|
You will also need a heat gun. The bigger kind used for paint removal works quickest, but the little ones sold for use with embossing inks in the scrapbooking section of the craft store will do the trick.
The other tool you need is a serrated knife, like a steak knife. I was scolded for using my good ones last night, instead of getting some from the thrift store. Um, that's where I bought my good ones. Look, it's soft foam, and they are steak knives that might get used twice a year in my house, so I'm not really worried. Of course, my priorities are skewed toward the pursuit of creativity, as evidenced by the overflow from my art studio spilling across my antique dining room table, and the paint brushes piled in my dish drainer.
|Recycle junk styro by releasing toxic fumes into the air...hmmm.|
Now, go outside for the heat part, because the fumes are toxic. You need to run the heat gun over the entire surface. This will melt it and create realistic rocky texture. Some foam seems to melt kind of beady, but once you have melted it all over, you brush off everything loose, so you will still have a good result.
|Smoosh on the paint.|
Some members used a black base, and smooshed dabs of gray and white on top to create a similar look to the sample at the top of this post. Others used a tan base and smooshed on dabs of brown and white, for a more limestone look. You do this wet-on-wet, all with the same brush. Don't be fussy or fancy, because the less perfect you try to make it, the more natural it will look. Don't forget to paint a few inches down the inside of the box. Let 'er dry and bring on the plants!
So, once again, I have maintained my membership in the garden club. This is a good thing, as my newest endeavor is to turn my front yard, which has the only shade in downtown Belle Plaine, into a public-welcome pocket park. Never mind that I'm absolutely not a true gardener. Never mind that my budget for this is just about zero. I know a good dozen gardeners with perennials to divide, and some of them will even take pity on me and help out, if only to prevent me from sneaking in creeping Charlie. Watch for photos later this summer.
As always, if you have questions, feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to hire me to paint something lovely in your home, check out my website at theartofthehome.com.