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Green Forest, AR, United States, 2007/05/01 - Anyone can create colorful and attractive landscaping around their house, with or without a green thumb! A bit of paint can turn ordinary landscaping elements into unique and durable garden art perfect for dressing up any yard.
Everybody has seen those plain grey cement landscaping elements used as borders, retaining wall blocks and stepping stones. They are functional, but certainly could not be called beautiful.
Artist Lin Wellford suggests thinking of those cast cement pieces as the raw canvas for extraordinary outdoor decor!
"Exterior grade latex paint is weather resistant and comes in wonderful colors," she explains, "and by using the shapes of the cement pieces, you can create a wide variety of exciting and attractive three dimensional artworks that are fun to look at and even more fun to make."
Wellford made a name for herself in craft book publishing with her ground-breaking books on the art of painting on rocks. Over one million of her rock painting rooks have sold world wide, making them among the most popular how-to books ever. Her newest book, Painted Garden Art Anyone Can Do, offers several projects that use her signature natural rocks, but she expands upon her theme by introducing man-made stones and cast cement as excellent, affordable and inspiring materials as well.
"People spend a lot of time making their interiors look great, but they often don't have the time to keep the outside areas of their homes looking as nice. Painted Garden Art is a wonderful way to add color and visual interest to any outdoor area."
Wellford (linwellford.com) provides eleven complete projects for decorating stepping stones to make bold, colorful pathways, whimsical flower bed designs, and even a 'faux fish pond' that would make a lovely little oasis for a patio or entryway- and without the upkeep an actual fish pond requires!
Fanilies looking for easy summer craft projects will find a wealth of ideas for making over their front and back yards. The projects can stand alone in place of actual plantings, or work along with annuals to create a harmonious effect that is sure to attract the admiration of neighbors and passers-by.