Monday, September 21, 2020

Art Stones for the Garden (and Inside!)



In this current chaos with world events, I am spending more time working inward. I am working on the inner me and helping my home lose the weight of its years carrying its humans' stuff. I've also been spending more time outside in my back yard. I haven't worked in the garden over the last few years but find that having to stay home has forced me back out into it again. My garden is full of beautiful hostas but, while they are beautiful alone, there is too much of a green wash alongside the grass covered yard. It needs a sporadic hint of color. Too late in the summer for me to plant flowers, and now working with a garden that is struggling under the heat of the sun--in July, we had the trees topped because they had grown too tall for safety--I wanted to add an element that I could reclaim every winter by bringing it back indoors. 

Terry Stegmiller has some really quaint and whimsical stencils that are super for creating art stones for the garden. In this project, I chose my favorite three but there are others that would work just as well! There are so many options for creating these art stones. Keep in mind that some options work great in the garden while others may need to stay in the house next to the fireplace or to be used as door stoppers. While I used 6 x 6 stencils for these larger stones, you could also use many of the 4 x 4 stencils for smaller rocks that you give away to friends and family, or secretly hide for strangers to find.

Whatever you create, be sure to share it with us!

STENCILS

Heart Flower 6 Stencil (S103) by Terry Stegmiller


Floral Swirl Stencil (S106) by Terry Stegmiller


Stepping Stone #3 Stencil (S164) by Terry Stegmiller


OTHER MATERIALS
  • Large river rocks
  • Colored glass or beads (You can purchase these precut.)
  • Ball chain
  • Seed beads in varying sizes and colors
  • Rhinestone Cup Chain
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Metallique Art Alchemy Paint
  • Weldbond Glue
  • Grout in black*
  • Water
  • Spoon to mix grout*
  • Measuring cup (use for crafting only)*
  • Paper towels
  • Sponges
  • Gloves
  • Grout Sealer
  • Painter's Tape
  • Glass Tile Nippers
  • Clear gesso
  • White gel pen (for outlining and drawing on the Leaf Border Stone (optional)
  • Stickles for the middle of the flowers on the Leaf Border Stone (optional)
  • Sharpies (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Wooden skewer
*Note: Do not rinse anything that has grout on it in your sink. Wipe it out completely with paper towels and throw away. Grout is essentially cement and will clog up your drain.


STEP ONE


  STEP TWO


 STEP THREE



 STEP FOUR



 STEP FIVE




STEP SIX


AND THE FINISHED ART!





Anne Marie

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