So, I’m no painter that should be obvious, Dear Reader, but I do dabble in everything and I store every bit of information I read that may come in useful over the years like a obsessed sponge. I had the paint necessary for a colour wash effect and why no just go for it? I had a enough to redo, but things turned out really well. Take this as a really rough guide, don’t destroy your statuary! First coat was a super watered down house paint, this is all house paint. The concrete is a few months old, you need to wait at least a month before painting. This goes on like water and sucks in to create an even surface. Next was a normal coat of paint, nice and thick and I left that to dry for a few hours. Then back to watery, I used a dark chocolate colour, applied it all over and panicked! because it looked to be a solid colour, then I used a rag to wipe it all over and off and the result is as you can see below. It fills the cracks and crevices and helps the details stand out. Next I do the flowers, but in reverse, dark base, even lighter wash.
I’m on a painting spree, mostly as a distraction, Dear Reader, the smarter of us know that we have a long fight left, despite what those making things worse seem to feel, and I hope if it doesn’t inspire you it may help distract too. I went out to cover up, looks like yet again more rain and he was is already drying in and as it dries it looks even better. I have a few ornaments that could do with a touch up like this, one large one was painted a solid dark blue and would benefit from a light blue wash. Once you start painting them you have to repeat it every few years, do it right and it’ll last years at least, I’ve made my fair share of mistake, but this time I should be good for a long time. The harvest time is upon me, the cabbages are coming soon, more onions too, some just grew green, the ones in the vegetable bed often do, too rich I suppose, Dear Reader, unlike me, but they’re great for salads, which I’ve been eating a lot of and will likely plant more of, I still have lettuce as I bought more, and the garlic bed will need a slight rest before I amend it with compost. Currently leaving field fresh mushroom in the resting hotbin to see if they’ll spore, it’s warm, damp and moist and I’m curious at the least, Dear Reader. Most of the garden is me just having to try something that may be silly, but edifying in some respect or something a runaway success. The failures are relegated to compost bins or thrown away quietly. A bit of a rambling nowhere post today, Dear Reader, but I hope you’ll enjoy the photos if nothing else. As always, stay safe and take care.