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.