Garden Flag Made from Canvas Duck Fabric

I have a small garden flag stand beside my front walk and have a lot of nice seasonal flags for it, but I was never able to find a flag with a harness horse on it.  This past week, I bought some canvas duck fabric at JoAnn’s to make a floor cloth and thought I would try making a small banner out of this material, using the same general procedure I have used for floor cloths.

The duck canvas gets several coats of Gesso to provide a good surface for painting.  The design is painted with acrylic paint and inked with a Sharpie fine or ultra-fine pen on the canvas and then several coats of clear satin acrylic varnish are applied.

I cut a piece of fabric for the back from an old county fair panel I’ve had for years.  This was also coated with the varnish.

This piece is something of an experiment for me since I know the process works well for indoor floor mats and the acrylic works well for outdoor wood items, but I’ve never combined the two processes before.

I like the banner very much.  The barn is from a photograph of the horse barn my father had for his harness horses for many years.

It was a gathering place for the family in the 1950s and 60s, especially during county fair time when everyone congregated.

I’ll see how this banner works out in all kinds of weather and I may be making a few more throughout the year.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

13 thoughts on “Garden Flag Made from Canvas Duck Fabric”

  1. I love your banner. Since I’m your basic stick-figure artist, I so admire anyone who can draw and paint and have it look like what it’s supposed to be! You did a beautiful job.

  2. You did something different on your blog? Or have I just now noticed the banner and background seem new?

  3. You never cease to amaze me Lillian with your talent. What a nice idea for an outdoor flag. What a great looking barn. Like your new banner and background.

  4. I have to tell my mother to look at your blog when I Skype with her today. Her cousin trains harness horses for racing and would love this flag.

    Hugs from Holland ~

  5. I have been looking for a harness racing garden flag for some time (almost impossible to find it appears!) and came across yours by a random “google search”. I absolutely love it. I too love the rich history of the county fairs and harness racing. I know this post was over a year old but if you were ever able to make more, I would love to buy one. You are so talented. I love this beautiful simplistic design that captures my childhood memories of the fairs and the horse racing 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comments. I’ve been having a lot of medical problems the past year (I’m 80 years old) and am recuperating from surgery right now. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get back to painting but I’ll keep your e-mail address and let you know. I just made the flag for my own use when, like you, I couldn’t find a harness horse flag anywhere.

      I hope you’re able to see a few races this summer. It’s getting harder and harder in the Cincinnati area. Lillian

    1. Darren – I’ve only made a couple of garden flags for my own use. I don’t make them for sale. Thank you for your interest.

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