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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Let's Paint a Lady Scarecrow

Welcome.  I am so happy that you stopped by.  My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax on this beautiful Fall morning with a cup of tea.  I have a feeling that most of you are as happy as I am to welcome Fall.  Such a glorious time of the year with the bright colors, clear blue skies, cool nights - a time for a new beginning in the garden with some plants and flowers getting ready to nap and some coming into their glory.

Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant in the garden to look for inspiration for us to paint a Lady Scarecrow.  Bentley just had surgery to have a non-malignant cyst removed  and was shaved - he is fine - just a little shy with his short haircut!

I just started planting and decorating my garden for Fall and the first thing I did was to turn an old dress mannequin into a lady scarecrow for inspiration.

Now that we have a little Fall inspiration let's start painting.  I sketched out a lady scarecrow and you are welcome to copy my drawing.  I use an 8x10 canvas - you can also paint on a board.  Material for painting can be purchased at Michael's or any craft store.  I use acrylic paint as they are nontoxic and dry fast.

I am going to hang my sign on my front door and want to add a WELCOME sign to my drawing. You can add as many or as few items to your drawing as you want - depending on your comfort level. I added birds and pumpkins and Mums to mine.

Now that we have the basic drawing - above is the little Welcome sign that I added to mine. I am going to paint my lady wearing a blue denim dress. First I paint a light coat of paint on the entire painting to get the feel of the colors.

Next darken all of your colors  and add detail.- I am painting a red hat to match my red front door.  I added eyes, nose and mouth and little pink cheeks, buttons and a white collar and cuffs.  This is the fun part as you can customize your painting with any color you want.  I am going to paint my birds black to tie in with the black lettering. 
Here is my completed painting.  To hang add two eye hooks on the back and tie with a ribbon. 
I decided not to hang my sign and instead tucked it into a Fall wreath on my front door.

Please let me know if you have any questions about your painting.  Just remember to have fun creating and make it your own by choosing colors that please you and go with your garden or decor.  Just because I painted mine blue and red does not mean that you have to paint yours the same color.  If you want to paint a Man Scarecrow, below is a copy of the ones we painted a few years ago.

Dear Readers, thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments, e-mails and those who follow my blog.  Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see me paint something special.

Have a lovely week and Happy Fall..  Blessings, Erin

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1


Terra said...

Your creativity is overflowing and you make painting a scarecrow sign easy. I like the whole look of your front door area, the pumpkins etc. make it very welcoming.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You always make it look so easy but you are a true artist! I love your pretty garden ready to greet the Fall! Hugs!

millefeuilles said...

Could I come for tea, please? I would feel so joyful sitting in your garden surrounded by your creations. Happy autumn to you and your scarcrows.


Betty said...

Your Lady Scarecrow is so pretty and I just love your other Fall pics.

Donna said...

I enjoyed your post very much. But then I always do. I love the flowers on your front porch.

Evie said...

Hope Bentley is feeling better. Give him a hug for me! As always I love to visit your painted garden