My name is Michelle Frae Cummings and this is my first post with the ColoriQue team! I am very excited to show you my project! Our garden is very small, more of a patio with some dirt. Because of the small size, most of my plants are in pots. In the area’s where we actually do have dirt, I like to scatter random seeds. The surprise of what might be growing is my favorite part!
We were asked to find something around the house and up-cycle it. This resin garden plaque has lovingly hung in my garden for over 15 years. Its one of my favorite things but as you can see, the color has faded quite a bit. A good wash with soap and water removed the accumulation of dust and spider webs, then a layer of white gesso was used to prime it, getting it ready to add color! Lots of beautiful color!
I began with the bird first. Using Honey Bee for its breast, Turquoise Mountain and Pacific Ocean for its feathers. Finishing with Black Diamond on its beak, legs and other detail.
A combination of Avocado, Verdigris and Moss Landing were used to create the garden foliage.
The dirt was created with varied combinations of Honey Bee, Moss Landing, Pink Ice or Ruby Slippers.
Ruby Slippers made the watering can burst with a pop of color!
For the spade, Black Diamond was added sparingly to white acrylic paint. I would let this dry for a few seconds, then wipe off with a wet cloth and repeat until I achieved a worn appearance.
Once dry, the entire plaque was coated with Outdoor Mod Podge. For some extra fun, the watering can was given a coat of Sparkle Mod Podge.
The quote on the spade was written with a black permanent marker.
Supplies used to make Step into my Garden:
- ColoriQue– Pink Ice, Honey Bee, Ruby Slippers, Avocado, Moss Landing, Verdigris, Turquoise Mountain, Pacific Ocean, Black Diamond
- Resin Garden Plaque
- White gesso
- White acrylic paint
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- Sparkle Mod Podge
- Black permanent marker
*The white acrylic paint is great mixed with the ColoriQue to cover large areas. Because the ColoriQue blends so well, only a few drops of color are needed.
I hope you have enjoyed my project and are inspired to make your own. Remember not to toss old faded wall plaques when you can now up-cycle them with ColoriQue!