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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Aug 16, 2011 2:54 AM CST

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Here we go for all of you painters!

These brick tree-rings were made to go inside the house of my client. I used acrylic paints and a brush on Interior Satin Varnish.

The tree rings used to be sold in one unit of 6 or 7 humps. Now they are smaller, in groups of 3 humps and I love them even more! They are easier to carry, easier to ship and easier to paint. I am hoping I can get one in a large priority box.

Think about painting villages at Christmas, beach cottages, Hawaiian tiki huts, log cabins, basically any kind of home. I've even made bird house rows out of these.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 16, 2011 3:40 AM CST

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step one
Start off by washing the surface of the bricks and allowing them to dry. Knock off any loose edges with a screw driver. Don't worry about flaws...they don't show once you add paint. Allow to dry.

In this photo, I show how they can be a 3-hump or joined to make 6-humps. You can make a large circle out of these.
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To paint, I placed them in three lines, easier to paint according to the steps.
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step two
Take a piece of graph of other paper and mold around the hump so you'll have a rough pattern of the house. Cut this shape out.
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step three
Use a white water color pencil to create the lines between the houses.
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step four
Use your graph paper to figure out the doors and window you want, and then cut out the shapes in construction paper. I fold the paper in half to make a "perfect shape".
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step five
If you think this is something you'd like to make as gifts or for sale, I suggest making a permanent pattern that won't fray. I use the slats from old vertical blinds for patterns on a lot of my painting projects.
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step six
Take your construction paper pattern and transfer it to the plastic and cut out your new pattern. Fit to your house and trim if it's too large.
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step seven
Paint your houses! make sure you paint the sides and tops. The colors I painted are apple red, a mustard yellow and a Wedgwood blue. The blue in these photos looks fun but it's not the color I used. Blue is a funky color to capture in a photograph sometimes. (note*** if you are joining them together, play around with how you want the colors to line up.)
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step eight
Once the house paint is dry, trace your doors and windows on with the white pencil.
and paint them. I always paint the windows black and the doors vary in browns and tans unless I'm doing beach cottages.
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step nine
Paint in the basic tree shapes or vine shapes. Also, you can shade the edges of the doors for more depth and interest. Use a watered down black for the darker doors and a brown for the tan doors. (note***Do you see how the front brick has plain doors but the back one has shading?)
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step ten
Paint the trim around the doors and windows white. (note***for beach cottages, paint the trim fun colors!)
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step eleven
NOW the fun really begins because you get to create a beautiful garden in front of each house! For this it's fun to just play and be creative. If you don't like it, repaint that part! I use old brushes and do a lot of dabbing for flowers, double dipping in white and whatever color I want.
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step twelve
Varnish your houses when the paint has set, at least two hours. If your houses will be outdoors, like this one I painted for a friend, ( The thread "Painted Bricks, Tree-rings and Cement" in Garden Art forum ) seal at least 2 times with Krylon Spray Paint or Wet Seal by Behr.
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Here are a few more photos of the finished houses.
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These were painted for a client who ordered two 3-humps and for a donation for a raffle. The one for the client has sunflowers which are her favorite. Plus I "carved" initials in the tree N + B and added a hummingbird, also her favorite.
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Aug 16, 2011 4:59 AM CST
Oh my Becky. I am just amazed at your painting skills. These are fabulous. I painted some yesterday and got very sort of frustrated. What I see in my mind, doesn't come out of my brush. Crying But I'll keep trying.
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Ridesredmule
Aug 16, 2011 6:59 AM CST
Very pretty. Love them...
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Bubbles
Aug 16, 2011 8:18 AM CST
These are sooooo cute! I just love opening the Garden Art forum each day. I'm finding all kinds of projects I can't live without! Thanks for sharing your talent Becky!
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Robynznest
Aug 16, 2011 8:59 AM CST
Thank you so much, these are terrific and a great tute. Hurray!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 16, 2011 10:49 AM CST

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Thanks friends!
Debbie, just take your time. Smaller brushes work best for detailing. Ask if you have questions!
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vic
Aug 16, 2011 2:21 PM CST

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Becky, you make it look so easy Lovey dubby
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 16, 2011 2:26 PM CST

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Vic, it is for me and if you were sitting next to me, I could teach you all of this!
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Sheila_FW
Aug 16, 2011 3:00 PM CST
You are good Becky!! I might manage a caterpillar but not even trying this! LOL! Thumbs up
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JuneBug
Aug 16, 2011 7:53 PM CST
I agree They look great, but I guess "My talents lie elsewhere" Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 16, 2011 8:54 PM CST

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If we all painted, no one would appreciate one anothers own special gifts. Lovey dubby
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 1:50 AM CST
Debbie said:Oh my Becky. I am just amazed at your painting skills. These are fabulous. I painted some yesterday and got very sort of frustrated. What I see in my mind, doesn't come out of my brush. Crying But I'll keep trying.


I agree Amazing!

Debbie, I feel the same way, my "visions" never look as good as they do in my head! Hilarious!
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 17, 2011 1:52 AM CST

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Thanks Debbie!
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rcn48
Aug 17, 2011 1:57 AM CST
You're welcome! I tip my hat to you. My painting "skills" are going to be tested in the next couple of days. I'm supposed to be finishing a mailbox I started two years ago. Sticking tongue out
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 17, 2011 2:11 AM CST

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You'll do great, Debbie! Be sure to post a new thread ... I love mailboxes. Lovey dubby
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 17, 2011 1:27 PM CST

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I had a bunch of ladies over to make these bricks a few years back. Only one was an artist, the others just liked to craft. Everyone of their houses turned out so cute!!! So by following these easy instructions, YOU too can have a village! Hurray!
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Aug 17, 2011 6:55 PM CST
I always say that "I am real crafty with a checkbook" when folks would see all of the handcrafted artwork at my house Big Grin I love y'all's craft work enough to buy it Thumbs up
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Samigal
Dec 11, 2011 2:00 PM CST
I have no idea why it took me so long to discover this "T" thread. I just printed out all the instructions (going to run out of colored ink soon) so I can practice in 2012. I'm not talented in the painting department, but Becky's instructions I think I have a good chance of creating something special. Lovey dubby
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Dec 11, 2011 11:27 PM CST

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Thumbs up You can do it Pegi...I can help if you have any trouble. Lovey dubby
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