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If you're interested in seeing your creations - graphic or otherwise - in an objective way, hold the item up in front of and facing a mirror from a distance of 3 to 5 feet.. You'll be better able to critique your item and tell where another detail may be added, or another color repeated, or an area needs to be broken up with an addition of something.I rely on this method with everything I make and it never fails to give me success!
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Painting Pavers and Bricks
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Porch pals and critters are easy to paint and are alot of fun. Paving stones and bricks can be found at your local garden/ landscaping center such as Lowe's or Home Depot. They are very inexpensive usually around 59 cents each. I love the ones painted in the book Porch Pals and Yard Critters by Maureen Hart. For my porch this summer I am painting the lady bugs found in this book but there are about 16 other critters to paint and she even has another book full of them.

Tracing paper
Graphite paper
Acrylic and/or latex paint in the colors desired
Stiff brush ( preferably an old brush since painting the pavers is very hard on brushes so be sure not to use your good brushes. I also do not use sponge brushes since the surface tends to tear them up)
All purpose sealer
Exterior varnish

1. If you are using an old brick or paver wash with soapy water and let dry thoroughly
2. Apply a coat of the all purpose sealer and let dry thoroughly
3. Basecoat your brick or paver with the desired color. I have found that if you load your brush heavily and dab like when stenciling you will get much better coverage. You may need 2-3 coats for complete coverage
4. Transfer any details to the paver using your traced pattern and graphite paper or just draw the details on free hand lightly with a pencil
5. Paint all details and let the piece dry thoroughly
6. Remove all pencil marks and then varnish with an exterior varnish 2-3 coats before placing outside

You will find that these are fun and easy to make and very addictive. Just let your imagination
creativity run wild !

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