How to Make Some Colourful Yard Art With a Plank of Wood!

Susan Goode
by Susan Goode
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5 Hours

I had some chunky bits of wood laying around that seemed to cry out to me for a splash of colour and I had always wanted to experiment painting on wood, so I set to work on the transformation by sanding the plank.

Sanding the wood
Sanding the wood

Choosing the right paints and brushes for this project I decide on I acrylics both tubes and pens and various size brushes to cope with bigger areas and the details.

Paints and brushes
Select paints and brushes

Next step is drawing a rough design on to the wood.

I begin from the base and decide to have patterns that are in sections and repeat on the reverse side too.

Draw design
Draw design

I begin painting from the base upwards and choosing colours I think compliment each other and will add. Bright pops of colour to this when it’s in my garden.

Painting the design
Painting the design

I work upwards with sections allowing time to dry before applying next coat. Some areas needed two coats.

I have same design on reverse so I am switching from back to front.

Painting wood

After it is dry it’s time to Add protective weather proof varnish.

I begin to build up four layers all over of yacht varnish spray as I find is much easier to apply than liquid painting. I use it in a well ventilated area letting each layer dry before re applying.

Spray varnish
Spray varnish

At last my colourful yard art wood is ready to add a pop of colour in my garden!

Yard art
Yard art
Yard art
Yard art
Yard art
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  • Lisa Bachman Takac Lisa Bachman Takac on May 06, 2020

    Very nice. Is there a tutorial for the tie dye plant stand? My daughter would love to do that. It's fabulous! Thanks

    • Susan Goode Susan Goode on May 06, 2020

      Thanks so much!😀

      re the tie dye look furniture yes yes there is a tutorial in my posts last year Please scroll through my projects .

      hope she finds it helpful.

  • Smileyface Smileyface on May 21, 2020

    Def Inspiring!!! Fab Job!!!😀👍