I was googling some images to get some ideas of what people normally painted on stones - to add to those I recently did, and I stumbled on someone who had painted a fake pond on a huge flat rock... now, I have always wanted one but I never managed to make it, plus I don't really think fishes would last much with my cats (whom I have repeatedly found having some sashimi straight from my uncle's pond...
determined kitties!) so this idea really stuck.
But I had no huge slabs of rock, nor the intention or money to buy one.... enter a chair which we were throwing away, and the seat that had come apart... flat, square.... MINE!!
I bought some primer, some acrylics, I still had the transparent sealer from the rocks... here's what I came up with:
the whole seat - don't ask me what material it is made of, because I don't really know. it's not wood, not metal, not plastic... I only know it is virtually indestructible, so I was not afraid to use it for this.
I didn't have a proper reference picture (I hadn't saved it!) so I just started and went with my inspiration. I'm shocked that the fish are not as terrible or cartoon-y as I expected them to be
I had these flat gray "rocks" that have a proper name but I don't know it in English which I had put down as stepping stones in the front garden, but were constantly hidden by stuff growing... so I picked them up and gave them a new use as the border of the "pond":
checking that it responds well to water
from further away - I know I need to rake up the fig leaves
from my bedroom window it looks very tiny but almost real!
I am loving this project a lot right now.... but comments & critics are welcome as always!