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Adding Colour to Your Garden: A Step-By-Step Guide to Painting Ceramics with Acrylics for Outside

Your garden is a canvas of natural beauty, why not enhance it further by adding a touch of your own artistic flair? Painting ceramics with acrylics can transform ordinary garden décor into eye-catching, personalized pieces of art. This post will guide you through how to get the best results when painting ceramics with acrylics to place in your garden. With a few simple steps, you can infuse your outdoor space with vibrant colours and creative charm.

Range of different types of paintbrushes for acrylic paint

Materials You'll Need:

  1. Ceramics: Choose ceramic pieces that are suited for your outdoor space. Go with your style & opting for pieces you like are always an excellent choice.

  2. Acrylic Paints: Any high grade acrylic paints are suitable (inc. the paint strips available in our kits) or for extra protection opt for outdoor grade acrylic paints that are weather-resistant and fade-proof. These paints adhere well to ceramics and withstand outdoor conditions.

  3. Paintbrushes: Gather a variety of brushes, including flat brushes for base coats, detail brushes for intricate designs, and larger brushes for broader strokes.

  4. Sealant/Varnish: An outdoor water based clear sealant or varnish will protect your painted ceramics from the elements, ensuring the longevity of your artwork.

  5. Water Container: Use it to clean your brushes between colour changes.

  6. Palette: A palette or paint palette paper is handy for mixing and blending colors. You can also use disposable paper plates for a glazed kitchen plate, which can be washed & reused.

  7. Paper Towels: Keep them nearby for blotting excess paint and cleaning brushes.

  8. Protective Surface: Lay down a protective layer to prevent any paint spills or drips on your working area. Including an apron or old clothes you don't mind splashing, for yourself.

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Choose Your Ceramics: Select ceramics that will enhance your garden's aesthetic. Be it planters, garden gnomes, or your favourite animal. Pick pieces that align with your vision.

  2. Clean and Prep: Ensure your ceramics are clean and dry before painting. This ensures better paint adhesion. Make sure your protective covers are down & in place.

  3. Plan Your Design: Visualize how you want your ceramics to look. You can sketch your design on paper before you begin or paint freehand directly onto the ceramic surface. Or if you want to go with the flow then dip your brush in the paint & follow your fancy. If you know what you're looking to achieve then skip to step 7. If not then use steps 4-6 as a guide to get you started.

  4. Apply Base Coat: Start with a base coat using a flat brush if available. This creates a foundation for your design. Choose a colour that complements your garden's overall theme.

  5. Add Colours and Details: Once the base coat is dry, start adding colours and details. Use various brushes to achieve different textures and effects. Experiment with layering and shading to bring depth to your artwork.

  6. Embrace Nature-Inspired Themes: Since your ceramics will be placed in the garden, consider nature-inspired themes such as flowers, leaves, insects, or even abstract patterns that reflect the outdoors.

  7. Dry and Seal: Allow your painted ceramics to dry thoroughly before applying the varnish. Apply an outdoor water based clear varnish according to the manufacturer's instructions. This will protect your artwork from weather conditions and UV exposure.

  8. Display with Care: Once the sealant is dry, you're ready to place your painted ceramics in your garden. Be mindful of their placement to ensure they aren't in direct harsh sunlight or extreme weather conditions. To help protect your piece even further it's recommended to bring in your item over winter or when there are frosts.

Garden gnome bisque ceramic figure ready to paint for the garden

Painting ceramics with acrylics to place in your garden is a delightful way to infuse your outdoor space with your own artistic touch. With a bit of creativity you can turn ordinary ceramics into extraordinary pieces of garden art. The vibrant colors and personal designs will not only beautify your garden but also showcase your unique style to anyone who visits. So, gather your materials, let your creativity flow and watch as your garden comes to life with your painted ceramic masterpieces.


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