Disclaimer: The products used in this post were provided to me free of charge by Plaid Enterprises. I have not been compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.
whined about noted previously, the challenge for me of late is to find time to step away from being a little factory, to get to just play and make things that aren’t “potential products.”
One of the great things about being a Plaid Ambassador is that, when I find that time, I am surrounded by potential projects that they have generously provided.
They have given me a great selection of their Folk Art Painted Finishes line of paints including: Barnwood (my previous project), concrete and….moss.
Now, I must admit that when I opened the box and saw “moss” my first thought was “and why would I want to do that?” I have enough trouble with actual moss cropping up – fake moss seemed like an unnecessary addition.
But then Halloween season happened and I discovered that I was brimming with sort of odd, creepy Halloween ideas and that one of those ideas required fake moss!!! Huzzah!
So, you may recall my ugly, 1970s porch light had conked out recently
and rather than throw it away I thought I might be able to do something with it. Blog-reader (and genuinely very cool lady) Denise came up with a fun suggestion that sparked an idea. I didn’t use the broccoli but I did keep it green!
The Painted Finishes come in two colors: Light Moss and Dark Moss and applying them is quick and very, very easy (I say this as a person who is deeply unskilled at faux painting techniques)
After removing the glass and cleaning the porch light I went over it, as directed, with, well…. lets just call them splotches…..of the Dark Green Finish using the Painted Finishes Shortie Brushes.
Then, while the paint was still wet I went back in with the light green color.
The paint has some texture to it and when you combine them it really does have depth and realistic, mossy, look.
I did the same technique on the decorative crown and on a little round – I-don’t-know-what-it-is-nor-why-I-have-it decorative piece of metal that I wanted to use for the base and as a holder for a tealight.
With the addition of a small, plastic skull from the .99 Store I had a suitably unnerving centerpiece/diorama
The moss technique looks good in broad daylight (I think I did a better job on the sides than I did on the crown thingy but i can always go back in and touch up)
But when darkness comes and the candles get lit ……
(although I may have freaked out my neighbors since I photographed this on the driveway and it looked like I had invested in some random, disturbing shrine.)
I don’t think the plastic skull was actually made to be a illuminated and doing so revealed a very odd/bad/splotchy paint job that really like!
But, in conclusion, I have to say I’m a fan of the faux moss! It took, literally, 5 minutes to apply, dried quickly and looked great. It would be easy to apply to a terra cotta pot that you wanted to give a bit of age to. Or maybe a faux brick wall. I’m now kind of flooded with ideas for things that NEED to be mossy.
Happy Halloween Season everyone!