So, I saw these pavers (on Pinterest) that Crafty Chica did and knew that I had to make my own version. The first 2 are pretty close to what she did. And she used individual bricks. Mine are done on pavers that are 8" wide and 15" long. About the equivalent of 4 bricks each.
and I found the 3 little flowers (cement) at a thrift store and repainted them to match:
I painted on words "Welcome to my Garden, where I grow happiness." I thought that was the perfect sentiment for my summer gardening.
I used Ranger's dimensional pearl paints, some Plaid acrylic paints, a black sharpie marker and then after letting them dry for 48 hours, I sealed them with cement sealer. I do love the shimmer that the pearl paints provided. I continue to try to use up my stash so I can have room for more "stuff" in my little studio! I think this was the perfect use of acrylic paints!
The bottom tile, well, if I have the time, I'll blog again tomorrow. I painted these same birds on pillows in my house this summer. I thought they were just perfect for these pavers.
The shadows were just wrong this morning! But the pavers are the entrance to an arbor and a path that goes to a gate entering my back yard. OK, so you need to come see just what it looks like in real life!
I ended up putting the flowers down the side. I have another path and a whole patio to finish up next. Really - August 6?? Where has my summer gone? I hope those who do come to visit will enjoy these brightly painted pavers as they wander through my flowers. :o)