Friday, June 7, 2013

Topiary Garden Art on Rustic Boards

How could I resist.
Garden love + Paint love + Rustic Boards
= Topiary Art!
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There's something about my hands in the soil
this time of year.
So as I was out planting my new boxwood
I found my inspiration
for some more rustic art.
A few weeks ago I was celebrating nature
This garden group has a lot the same feel-
Painted on Fence boards
and based with black and rust.
Top coat with a gray, taupe, and white mix.
Add a bit of random camel.
Trace a template for the tall pot
and fill in with a mix of toffee, terra cotta,
and burnt umber.
Dry brush white.
Pounce some Olive Green paint
into a circular shape
for the rosemary base.
Off load a bit with a wet wipe.
Using a liner brush,
paint in long loose stems with
simple strokes for leaves...
some light and airy ,
some heavy with burnt umber.
Keep filling in.
see - not perfect.
Random, sketchy, painterly.
Now for the boxwood...
Use black and terra cotta for the pot.
Camel and raw sienna for the tag.
Olive green for the circle base boxwood
Using a round brush
lay in all over strokes for green leaves
switching directions.
Off load a bit with a wet wipe to see
a lighter layer underneath.
Double load your round brush
with white and green
and paint in some lighter leaves.
Can add some dark shade to bottom right leaves.
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I liked the idea of a dark piece in the trio,
so I stained this board
and brushed some black on top.
Fence Board is inexpensive -
about $2 for 6'.
So this group was $4
(plus paint and screws).
You could make any mix of
shapes and sizes.
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It's a classic garden mix - pallet board style!
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Piera said...

wow! Mamma mia seem to see a lesson in art when he went to school! Congratulations to the steady hand .. great result really great!!

20 North Ora said...

Another great project! Thanks for the tutorial. Am going to do this. It is so CUTE!!


Feral Turtle said...

I love the trio too! Great work Deb.

cindy said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And I so appreciate the tutorial. I would love to try my hand at painting art like this :) You make it look easy!

reFresh reStyle said...

Love it! So pretty!

ANNE said...

LOVE it!! Great job!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

So beautiful and original, you make it look easy, but I know it isn't!

Homeroad said...

Deb you are sooo talented! I just love all 3 of these pieces! Great job! One question... what did you use to get the font for GARDEN? Did you trace anything first or did you do that freehand? Thanks

Ashley@BiggerthantheThreeofUs said...

Coming over from TT&J. I had hoped to see a DIY Topiary for outside, but this is even better. Fantastic. They are both seriously gorgeous.

Deb Hrabik said...

Hi Susan - I used the "Handwriting Draft Free" Font and chalk transferred to board.
Love to hear you all giving it a try!

Unknown said...

Love this set - you are ALWAYS an inspiration to me to get out my paints & create.
NOW to just actually take the inspiration from your hands & channel to mine. :)
Beautiful work, just absolutely beautiful.

The Checkered Apple said...

Terrific trio Deb! As always I adore your pieces! Painting on fence boards has been one of my favorite surfaces. I love how the paint just skips over it.

Unknown said...

Love it, pinned it, plan to do it! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. You make it seem so easy, and maybe I really can get a little bit close to yours. ;-) Thanks for the inspiration.
His blessings,
Kim @ Curtain Queen

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful and love the tutorial! You've inspired me (a non-artist) to try this project.

Christy said...

Wow! You are so talented! Really beautiful work!

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

I love your trio!! So beautiful!!

Stampin' VMG206 said...

Beautiful! You are so artistic ~ I can not draw at all. But I so admire your work! Visiting from DIY Showoff.
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Pamela @ Flower Patch Farmhouse said...

I always enjoy stopping in here, I learn something new every time and I have been decoratively painting for 15 years.

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Deb, your talent is truly astonishing! I think that's a word I haven't used yet on your blog, because I seem to always say the same thing. :) I LOVE this trio, almost as much as I love the little feather trio. They're both gorgeous. Great tutorial, you make it look so effortless!


Dee said...

You make it look so easy. Love this group. Thanks for sharing, Dee from My Painted Stuff

Gina's Craft Corner said...

This is so beautiful! Thanks for making it a tutorial. I've always wanted to learn how to paint. I hope I can make time to give this a try! Saw you on That DIY Party. I posted something as well (acrylic paint on fabric). I'd love for you to visit if you have a moment.

One More Time Events said...

Amazing love are very talented. Nice work.
Would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time...

Hope to see you there. Tammy

Unknown said...

I think that all of these pieces of art are beautiful and perfect. I can't even begin to do anything like this. All of your paintings remind me staying in the Penticton accommodations. When I came home I wanted to decorate my house like that. You have definitely provided some great inspiration. Thank you.

Teresa@magazineyourhome said...

So pretty and you make it seem easy, I'm going to try my hand at this, Thanks!

TheMoonAndMe said... are so stinkin' talented...I just wanna scream.
Just kidding...unless I'm gonna tell the world how awesome your skills are. :)
These are just gorgeous! My mom has a couple similar she bought somewhere...the mass produced kind...and these are sooo much better.

Debra@CommonGround said...

oh my gosh I LOVE this!!! I'm a garden nut so these are just adorable!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great composition. I love the combo. LUV IT!

Laura @ duke manor farm said...

I love the grouping! great job.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my word, I totally love this. How fun. Hugs, Marty

Botanic Bleu said...

Great tutorial with a subject I love.


foreverdecorating said...

Wow, I want to do this. Love the wall space :<

Deb Hrabik said...

I know what you mean about the wall space. I love that I have a lot of windows but I have to change things out on my walls if I want new art. It's revolving art for me!

ibshell said...

Beautiful JOB! I've gotcha pinned!;)

Kathy said...

I am a first time visitor coming from Stone Gable. I just love your style. The grouping is wonderful. You're one talented gal. I am your newest follower. Kathy

Designed Decor said...

Deb, you are so talented! I love this one!

Unknown said...

OH.MY.WORD. I want this now! I could NEVER make this. This is darling. Great job. Hopping on over from House of Hepworths! Debbie @

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love all your signs Deb! You always make it look so easy, but I know you are very talented!

Linda said...

fantastic!! I'm going to give this a try! Love it!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

I love is just darling and looks great!
Great job..........

Blessings, nellie

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

PLEASE let me know if you ever put this in your Etsy shop- I love it so so much.

OMG I can't paint at ALL and so appreciate and admire those who can.

Well done, thought the TUTORIAL was lost on my talentless eyes.


The Charm of Home said...

So cute. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

Unknown said...

This reminds me of when I used to tole paint and I loved it! I also love your work. Beautiful job!

Vetsy said...

So fabulous, yet simple!...I love it!