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.
For the back, which I can see clearly from my front window, I painted a design of an Amish-style quilt block.
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!
My oldest daughter has traveled extensively and in the 1990s, I went along on trips to Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. In addition to the souvenirs we brought home, we have pieces that we painted about 20 years ago. The Dutch and Irish souvenirs are displayed earlier in the year, but these treasures make up the decorations in my May kitchen.
My daughter’s folk art painting of a Swiss Alpine scene…
…my hand-painted wooden German spice set and some German beer steins…
….a music box and some small souvenirs from Switzerland …
…some Dutch souvenirs that stay up all year, German plaques, and two of my hand-painted wooden pieces….
…..pieces from Germany, Austria, England, Hungary and Switzerland in the window area over the sink….
….lots of little Schnapps glasses which are easy to bring home on the plane….
….and one of my daughter’s painted pieces that holds jars of staples and is in the kitchen year-around.
It’s fun to look around the kitchen all through the month of May and be reminded of so many beautiful places and times.