Introduction: Vegetable Garden Fence Mural

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My best friend and I recently put up a small fence to protect my vegetable garden (work in progress). I didn't want to just stain the fence but I didn't want to leave it natural either. I prefer whimsy. I think if you complicate things too much your brain will implode. So, I went with whimsy. I had designed an eco bag several years ago and thought the veggie cartoons would be fun to paint on the garden fence (since it is a vegetable garden).

Step 1: Find Your Inspiration

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Gather your stuff.



large sharpie marker

Gesso or primer

Paint brushes/artist brush

Paint: white, black, orange, yellow, red, brown, blue (or any color you prefer your vegetables to be)

sand paper

rag (not pictured)

Matte varnish

clear stain

Step 2: Free Hand

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Free hand your outlines. Don't worry about messing up. You can always slather some primer over it!

Step 3: Prime/Paint

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I prefer to use gesso due to the thickness. I know most primers are much thicker than paint, however, I personally find it too runny. After you primer your shapes give a bit to dry. If you don't prime your doodles, all of your paint will soak into the wood and you will end up using a great deal more than you anticipated. I did all of the priming/painting in an hour due to the temperature being at a highly offensive 90 degrees.

Step 4: Details

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Time to paint on some wacky faces and add some greenery to these veggies!!! I also outlined the veggies with black paint. After the paint dried I used sandpaper to rough up the paint. It distressed the veggies...but made me happy! I don't like anything perfect. Granted they are cartoons but still yet...

Step 5: Varnish/Seal It

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I like to use a matte varnish that goes on white but dries clear. That way I can see exactly what I missed. After the varnish dried I used an outdoor wood sealer and brushed it over mural for continued protection. It's super easy and won't even take you a whole day to do! If you like please feel free to use my cartoon for your own personal use!! (Just not for commercial use please.... I like to sell my veggies on eco friendly bags. :)

Look at those weeds!


thundrepance (author)2015-06-14

i voted 4 U :^D

lgooms (author)2015-06-09

this is super cute!

barjdude (author)2015-06-06

Wow! Very whimsy!! Garden graffiti!!

Thank you!

long234 (author)TamarasSoliloquy2015-06-09

I prefer whimsy. I think if you complicate things too much your brain will implode.

TamarasSoliloquy (author)2015-06-08

Thank you for all the love!! :)

Abbie- I think using glow in the dark paint is an amazing idea. I have used glow in the dark products before but I have not had a great deal of luck. I was actually thinking about using the RUST-OLEUM Brand Glow in the Dark Paint for another fence project.

AbbiePhilpott (author)2015-06-08

This is very creative and beautiful. I like that you didn't go too far with trying to make everything perfect. I am a big fan of imperfections myself. Will definitely try this project at home. But I want to add glow-in-the-dark paint. Do you have any experience with it?

robokop (author)2015-06-07

nice! :-)

didotti (author)2015-06-06

Love it!!!

TamarasSoliloquy (author)2015-06-06

It's easier and more affordable to update my backyard than trying to cover the fence with flowers!

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