My DIY Gnome has been outside in Minnesota all winter, and after three months it’s still doing just fine.
The waterproof grout I used (instead of paper mache clay) is still hard as a rock. The artists’ paint probably wasn’t what I should have used, but it isn’t showing any damage yet, either.
But the varnish I used got really weird.
Links mentioned in the DIY Gnome update video:
- You’ll find the free pattern and the first video, for the armature, here.
- Gnome video #2 – the waterproof coating.
- Next time, I’ll paint my outdoor sculptures using tips from P. David Jensen, the concrete sculpture guy. That should take care of the varnish problem.
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