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Painted Terracotta Planter

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Hello!

Tonight I avoided studying for finals for one last day by watching Parks and Recreation, hanging out with my cat and painting pots!  This project was really easy! You just need to be patient with letting the acrylic paint dry.  

1) Clean or buy a terra cotta pot (There are tons at thrift stores)

2) Use a sponge to apply acrylic paint of your choice. Paint in one direction to avoid crazy streaks (this will take numerous coats if you are painting your pot white and you don’t want streaks)

3) Use a fine liner to add design or a small paint brush (Don’t use Sharpie if you use a fine liner it will run!  Instead use a Staedtler permanent marker (I checked to make sure it doesn’t run with water)

4) Last use a finish to seal the paint and protect the inside.  I still have to do this last step but that is it!

This is a really fun DIY project and it gives old planters a second life.  I loved the quote “I’d rather have flowers in my hair than diamonds around my neck” and it is a sweet saying for a succulent planter. I am hoping to start selling some this summer in Vancouver 🙂 

Goodluck and happy painting!

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Robin Hoods of Neglected Landscapes

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Hello,

Hope everyone had a beautiful and happy Easter long weekend.  Today I am going to discuss the hot topic of guerilla gardening.  I recently started guerilla gardening in the city of Vancouver and have found the blogs surrounding it extremely interesting.  Through investigating the discussion pages and profiles of those commenting I have come to realize that seldom do guerilla gardeners fit into the common stereotypes of hippies, anti-globalist and radical anarchists.  I myself am not a stereotypical guerilla gardener.  I am a University student studying general arts who loves playing hockey and reading books on animals and botany.  For me, is not merely the sheer beauty of plants I find interesting but the capability they have in transforming people emotionally (working part time at the garden store I witness the power plants possess in bringing happiness daily).  It is this social transformation I find extremely fulfilling about the practice of guerilla gardening.  For me, guerilla gardening is not a political statement about public space.  It is the transformation from drab and depressing to a beautiful and inviting space.  What I am meaning to say is that guerilla gardening is a far from a static term.   Guerilla gardening is a dynamic activity that serves various purposes for a variety of people.  I believe blogs have changed the perception of guerilla gardeners by inviting discussion surrounding the topics and through the diverse and personal features of blogs.  Blogs invite us to explore the personal thoughts, opinions and personalities of those who write them.  By inviting the readers to get to know them, online blogs act as profiles that alter the one dimensional stereotypes of guerilla gardeners and help to world envision those who guerilla garden as a combination of identities.  On guerilla gardening blogs I have come across posts on discussion boards left by a kindergarten teacher wanting to make seed balls with her class, a grandmother wanting to teach her 2 year granddaughter how to make seed balls and a variety of individuals seeking advice.  These examples alter the perception that guerilla gardeners are radical hippies and in this case can be seen as mothers and grandmothers looking to teach children about plants.  From exploring various guerilla gardening blogs I have come to notice the ability they have had in forming groups with collective interests with diverse backgrounds.  The online world has not only helped to spread helpful guerilla gardening information, but has changed the way guerilla gardeners are viewed.  I have come to realize that guerilla gardening blogs serve the important function of creating a space for community dialogue and discussion.  Through which, community attachment and change is developed through the inclusion of various people.  I would love to hear your opinion on the relationship of blogs and guerilla gardening.  If any guerilla gardeners read this I would love to hear about your experiences

Goodnight!