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I’ve decided you can paint anything if you have the right kind of paint. I painted a concrete cactus using watercolor paint. After painting the neighbor’s goose I was ready to try another lawn statue project.
The results were awesome if I do say so myself. I made a video so you guys can see the whole process.
The cactus is just the cutest thing ever now. The secret to this look is using several paint colors to keep the painted cactus from looking flat or one dimensional.
The whole paint job took less than three hours including downtime……..watching paint dry. Maybe I should show you how the cactus looked before I painted it then you’ll understand why I’m tickled pink.
I picked up the concrete cactus at my favorite junk shop for $5. It was plain old rough concrete, no paint, no nothing, so it was a blank slate. I didn’t notice the steer skull at the base until I got it home. I think this cactus belongs in Texas.
The paint I used for the project is FolkArt ® Watercolor Acrylic Paint™. The watercolor paint can be used on outdoor items as well as indoor stuff. Perfect for the cactus.
The first step was to give the cactus an all over paint finish. I mixed the white and sap green watercolors together to make a pale green and brushed it all over the cactus.
I dipped the watercolor brush in water to spread the paint on the cactus. The bold concentrated colors spread easily. I didn’t even use half of the 2 oz. bottle of sap green and the color is going to show up again in the makeover.
The next step after the first coat of paint was dry was to brush over the ridges of the cactus with sap green watercolor. I used the largest brush from the FolkArt® Watercolor Acrylic Paint™ Watercolor Brush Set to paint the cactus.
The third step is painting the grooves of the cactus using the turquoise watercolor. I thinned the paint by dipping the watercolor brush in water and mixing it with the paint on a paper plate .
The thinned turquoise paint is more of a wash and is a good contrast to the pale green color and the sap green color.
This is how the cactus looked with the three paint layers. Layering paints keeps the finish from being flat and dull. The cactus wouldn’t have looked the same with just one overall paint color.
We have one more step. Adding those little prickly things which I learned are called spines. We didn’t have many cactus where I grew up in Arkansas.
I used the smallest watercolor brush and dabbed black watercolor paint here and there on the ridges of the cactus. You might notice a kid car in the background of this photo. Miss Sofi was kind enough to take this photo of me adding the spines.
See why I’m tickled with the paint job? Doing the happy dance. I painted the steer skull with a mixture of white and gray watercolors and I painted the sand or dirt with a mixture of white and ochre watercolors.
Do you love this little cactus as much as I do?? I always thought watercolors were just for canvas art but my thinking has changed. I’ve used the watercolors on wood and fabric and now concrete.
The colors are bold and almost have a luminescence to them. I feel more watercolor projects coming on.
How To Paint A Concrete Cactus video….
Painting Concrete With Watercolors
Painted Concrete Cactus
My first watercolor project was a wall hanging. You can see it here….Summer Watercolor.
Details about the products used in the concrete cactus makeover:
FolkArt ® Watercolor Acrylic Paint™. Create beautiful washes of color. Thin with water or leave concentrated to achieve various effects. It dries permanent and does not re-wet which is great.
It’s machine washable on fabric and can be used on canvas, fabric, wood, paper and even glazed ceramics. It’s water based and comes in 16 colors.
FolkArt® Watercolor Acrylic Paint™ Watercolor 3 Piece Brush Set. Use to achieve beautiful watercolor effects in craft painting projects.
The extremely soft synthetic bristles are designed to hold a large volume of water and release it in a controlled manner.
Other products available to use with the watercolor paints:
FolkArt ® Watercolor Acrylic Paint™ Resist for creating masking designs with a permanent finish.
The clear, unpigmented formula prevents watercolor paint from bleeding and works wonderfully on wood, paper, fabric, and with stencils. The non-toxic formula dries to a permanent finish.
FolkArt® Watercolor Acrylic Paint™ Water Brush Set can be used to achieve beautiful hand-lettered watercolor effects. Featuring a built-in water reservoir, the brushes make it easy to use with water or diluted paint.
Thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts as part of the Plaid Creators program. All words, project ideas, and opinions are 100% my own.