Painting Garden Figurines and Outdoor Décor
Painting your garden figurines can add a unique and personal touch to your yard, patio and flower beds. Over 20 years ago, I started painting a verdigris finish on the concrete figurines in my own private sanctuary, otherwise known as my backyard.
After I painted my own backyard décor, I started decorating these little works of art for my friends and family. I have been asked many times to paint concrete stones or concrete figures for gifts or to sell my painted statues.
Instead of selling my own, I started teaching others how to paint their own beautiful décor. I do have a friend who did in fact start selling her finished work, after I taught her my fast and easy method for turning plain concrete décor into little works of art for the garden.
Supplies Needed to Paint Garden Figurines
Supply List for My Verdigris Paint Technique
- Concrete Figurine
- Jet Black Paint ~ See Photo Below
- Green Paint ~ See Photo Below
- Paint Brush ~ Inexpensive Art Brush
- Can Opener for Paint Can
- Stir Stick for Paint
- Cardboard, paper plate or heavy paper
- Drop Cloth
Snapshots of the Actual Paint Mix I Use
Both Are Behr Exterior Flat Paint
Only 2 Paint Colors are Needed
How to Paint Your Own Garden Figurines
First you would need to thoroughly clean your garden figurine before painting it. Use water and a brush, then let it dry. Soap may be required if there is a heavy dirt or debris buildup.
Gather your supplies, spread a drop cloth and you’re ready to paint your garden figurines.
Paint the entire figurine black.
Start at the bottom and work your way up. That will allow you to hold the figurine by the top and tilt the piece to thoroughly paint the bottom edges. I do not paint the actual bottom of any of my pieces.
Allow the black paint to dry.
Dry Brush Paint the Garden Figurine
How to Dry Brush Paint a Garden Figurine
Dry Brush Painting is Really Very Easy
Dab the paint brush in the green paint. Dry brush painting does not require very much paint.
Brush the paint back and forth across your piece of cardboard until there is very little paint coming off the brush.
Lightly brush the paint across the surface of your figurine.
Dry Brush Painting Will Bring Out the Detail of a Figurine
Verdigris Paint Stepping Stones for Your Garden
For really unique stepping stones, you can use the same technique to verdigris paint concrete stepping stones too.
Finished Painted Concrete Garden Stepping Stone
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Allow Me to Show You the Steps for Restoring Your Painted Garden Figurines
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