A while back, I made my first garden banner featuring a harness horse. So far, it has held up well through a very hot, sunny summer and a few torrential rains. I wanted to make another banner for “back to school” and chose a favorite design by Helan Barrick from my decorative painting days. I call this a banner rather than a flag because it is quite stiff and becomes even more so when exposed to the weather.
I used canvas duck fabric (not outdoor canvas which is treated) which was sewn to make a double thickness 12×18 inch banner with sleeve and primed it with two coats of Gesso front and back. Then I drew the design on the front and painted it with acrylics.
Both sides were finished with two coats of Minwax Clear Satin Polycrylic to make it weather-proof.
I like seeing the banner in my front yard – my dog Rusty is looking out the door, probably admiring the quilt block on the back!