There’s No Place Like Gnome

We certainly have all been spending a lot of time at home since the pandemic and shelter in place started in mid March 2020 for Ontario.

There’s no place like gnome!

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gnomes in the garden

I love garden whimsy and have lots of gnomes throughout the different areas – ceramic, wood and rock.

One of my projects during the stay at home time was to paint some gnomes on rocks, so that when we were able to get out and about again I would have some to hide.

Steps in rock painting:

  • clean the rocks
  • paint each side of the rock, (this is my choice but not necessary), sometimes the natural rock is really pretty
  • let dry thoroughly before turning over
  • add your details, let dry
  • add a Mod Podge gloss layer, (again this is my personal choice), let dry before doing the other side
  • you can add a second Mod Podge gloss layer if you wish
  • let dry
  • spray with a fixative, sealant, or a varnish
  • let dry completely before turning over, the longer you let it dry the better the finish will be
painting gnomes at craftygarder.ca

I usually start my ideas with a sketch. Once the rock had a base coat I sketched the outline on in pencil. Some features were added with acrylic paint and some with permanent marker. One of these days I’ll try paint pens as I’ve read so many good reviews about them.

painting gnomes at craftygarder.ca

Some googly eyes were added to my rock gnomes before sealing. Some of these gnomes have been hidden and one has found a place to live in the garden.

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my log gnome family

One year I made some log gnomes and this year as I do some changes to the back tree garden they have been added there.

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the fairy house

As well as lots of gnomes throughout the garden, there are also fairies.

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Now in August, restrictions are slowly lifting and in my part of Ontario we are now in Phase 3 with limits on gatherings. We still aren’t venturing out very far and we are avoiding crowds.

a little gnome home at craftygardener.ca
a little gnome tree house

I hide lots of my rocks. They are for you to keep or rehide. You can even take a photo and share it with me or the Facebook group mentioned on the back of the rock. Please sign here or use the contact form if you see/find/keep/rehide one of them. Thanks in advance. I love knowing if my rocks are found and where they end up.

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rocks hidden in my garden, do you see the rock gnome?

There is always lots to keep us busy around the house and garden.

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14 Responses

  1. Margie

    Your gnomes are too cute!

    I was avoiding crowds BEFORE the pandemic. We may be in Phase 3, but I’m still maintaining Phase 1/2 rules!

  2. Myrtle

    Linda I would give anything to take a stroll around your property to see all you show us here in the gardens, such imagination, to make so many things to add to your gardens.
    Hope you get some sun today.

    • Crafty Gardener

      You know you would always be welcome Myrt, I’d love to show you around the garden. Sunny today, but much nicer temperatures for working outside.

  3. Robin

    I love your painted rocks! Someone has popped a couple in our gardens. I just leave them there.
    I have tried the paint pens on rocks, they are lovely to work with. I must get some Mod Podge. I never thought to use that on rocks!
    Take care Linda!❤️

    • Crafty Gardener

      Good to know you have tried the paint pens Robin. Cute that you have found a couple of rocks left in your garden. The Mod Podge gives it a nice shiny layer and helps protect the paint from the weather.

  4. Jennifer Jilks

    Aren’t they fun??!!
    I painted rocks with the girls. The library was giving out free pet rock kits. I forgot about hodge podge. I have some. Ah well.
    A delightful post.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Our library is giving out kids kits too, and I’ve been getting them and sending them to the grandkids out west. If they aren’t here to do them, then I’m sending them to do out there. The kit program is going to continue in the Fall, with older kids and adult kits coming. I’ll be checking them out.

  5. linda

    Hey linda…
    Love your Gnomes…and that guy with the black pot on his head…too funny!!
    Enjoy the rest of your week…nice cooler temps,eh??
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Crafty Gardener

      He is one of my Stumpy family, have faces on all sorts of tree stumps and I give them different hats – flower pots, buckets, old hats hubby has never worn. Adds to the garden whimsy.

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