Friday, May 14, 2010

Painting Your Cement Bird Bath Leaf

I have gotten such a great response to my bird bath leaves.  I thought I'd go ahead and paint one.  This is an optional step, but painting your leaf can make it look more realistic, and it will more readily match your garden decor.

Start with some acrylic paint.  You'll just need a dab (about half of the amount of toothpaste that you'd use).  Then add about 1/4 cup of water to the paint and stir.  If the wash is too dark, just add more water, too light, add more paint.  You get the idea.

I painted mine layer upon layer of a lime green and then some yellow on top.  Layering is the key to great results.  You can't mess this up, so keep adding color.

Once you're reached the desired color, let the paint dry, and then brush on some cement sealer to hold the color.  The sealer will make your leaf a bit shiny, so it looks like it's been freshly rained upon.

1 comment:

Jennifer Juniper said...

It's really beautiful and I featured it today! Can we have a time to help me learn this?