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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 9, 2011 11:13 PM CST

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In Phoenix the curbs are sloped and white blocks with numbers are added to help Police, Fire and Emergency crews locate homes. They are B O R I N G!

So here you go with a new Garden Art lesson...create something that shows your love of gardening, that introduces visitors to the fact that there is a delightful world of color waiting for them as they travel your property. If you don't have curbs, you could do the same on large rocks, cement blocks or any kind of wood or metal.

First, scrape off the peeling paint with a wire brush. I even had to use a chisel on this one.

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Next, assemble all of your paint. I also used an umbrella with a stand to shade me from the sun. I use all kinds of paints: acrylic, exterior, patio paint. The white is exterior paint that reflects in the night.

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Add some leaves or the background of your design.

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And then add your flowers. I just freehand these...they are painted on rough cement so fine details just isn't going to happen.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 9, 2011 11:34 PM CST

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Here are a few other designs I've painted. I believe in paying art forward so feel free to use parts or all of the ideas.

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This one was harder to do because there wasn't a slope.

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Palomino33
Jul 10, 2011 6:01 AM CST
My gosh, those are just beautiful. My absolute favorite is the last one, the grape vine wreath Smiling
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 10, 2011 8:24 AM CST

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Thanks, Suzanne, glad you found us!
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Bubbles
Jul 10, 2011 8:49 AM CST
Those are sooo clever! Great idea
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Jul 10, 2011 10:16 AM CST
I was going to ask how long something like that would last, but common sense jumped up and said, "depends on the climate."

Where I live, snow and ice and snowplows might ruin it faster. In your climate, the hot, dry air might ruin it faster.

What sort of climate do you think this would work best in?
Name: Becky (Boo)
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Jul 10, 2011 10:25 AM CST

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Any climate. If you're doing it for yoursel, it's easy to repaint. The one I did for my house is 3 years old, I just moved and it looked good. Tires make it dirty but I'd just wash it off every once in a while with soappy water/
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vic
Jul 10, 2011 10:28 AM CST

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Those are SO COOL! 607 was my favorite Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Zanymuse
Jul 10, 2011 11:25 AM CST
I don't have a curb here but a big river rock or paving stone set into the edge of a flowerbed near the drive with one of these ideas would make my house number a lot easier for people to see Thumbs up
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 10, 2011 12:32 PM CST

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I agree and how much fun too, Znay.

Vic, 607 was painted in front of a house that was an collection of inground and amazing containers. Her interior is very country with hearts throughout.
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vic
Jul 10, 2011 12:49 PM CST

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Even painted on a rock in the flower garden would be beautiful, huh?? Smiling
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Horseshoe
Jul 10, 2011 1:18 PM CST
Purrty! I like 'em!

Makes me wish I knew how to draw and/or paint in an artistic way.

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 10, 2011 1:41 PM CST

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yes, VIC Hurray!

Shoe...have you ever tried? Big Grin
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Debbie
Jul 10, 2011 2:12 PM CST
Those are so pretty Becky. I agree, while I don't have a curb, I could use a large stone or something at the end of my drive. How cool! Thanks for the ideas.
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Horseshoe
Jul 10, 2011 2:45 PM CST
BeckyBoo....yeh, I've tried drawing on paper. It makes my DD laugh (maybe that is success, eh?) *grin

I'm one of those with no sense of colors (just recently heard about a "color wheel", from DD, of course) and of course want to be a Rembrandt in less than a week! Then again, maybe I could do some S. Dali and get by with it, eh?

Love your painting. I'll think about giving it a try but I'm surrounded by "perfect artists" so maybe should set up a secret cove in the woods to sneak away to and experiment! (Vic, you've got the perfect place up by your pond, ya know!)

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flowerbear
Jul 10, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Those are beautiful! What a fabulous idea, wish I had a curb to do it to.

Would have to find a really heavy rock to do it on here so the kids don't walk away with it. Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Jul 10, 2011 3:27 PM CST

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Shoe...a secret get away sounds good.

Quoting from me above:

If you don't have curbs, you could do the same on large rocks, cement blocks or any kind of wood or metal.

seriously, the same thing can be painted on anything at all... Hurray!
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valleylynn
Jul 12, 2011 7:50 PM CST
We don't have that here, but did where I grew up in southern CA. Your right, they were all the same and boring.
Yours are amazing Becky. I love them all.
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Palomino33
Jul 12, 2011 8:55 PM CST
Well, we don't have a curb, but I was thinking of an 8x10 image on our driveway entrance???
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Jul 12, 2011 8:57 PM CST
What a wonderful idea you had there, Becky! They all look so nice...

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