Ahhhh the outdoors… While owning a house with a backyard has it’s chores, it also has it’s perks. One of those is the ability to create beautiful gardens!
Now, if you’re like me, creating a truly beautiful outdoor space is going to take some time. (I’m still fighting the slew of weeds that have sprung up in my flower beds…) However, with a little patience and some art, you can turn your backyard into your own special place.
One of my favorite ways to bring art into my outdoor space is with sculpture. In searching for some ideas, I stumbled upon a couple of UK artists that create amazing sculptures using willow branches or wire!
First up is Emma Stothard. She crafts animal sculptures out of willow limbs or wire, creating these delicate figures. The wire gives the sculpture the appearance of a quick sketch drawing, but since it’s sculpture, there is obvious, tangible volume to the artwork created from the materials used. I love that most of her subject matter is animals. It’s so easy to see these one of a kind sculptures in a garden or front yard!
The other artist I fell in love with is Robin Wight, who prefers to use his business name, “Fantasy Wire.” He is fascinated by the imaginary world of fairies, which bring him inspiration to create these one of a kind pieces from wire. While Wight has his works for sale, and takes commissions, he does also encourage others to try their hand at making fairies like his with accessible PDFs and even a starters kit! The fairies, like the animals from Emma, are really intricate and would take a lot of work, but the results are breathtaking!
These artists make bending wire look incredibly easy, but if you still want to take a stab at it, there are tutorials out there for working with wire and chicken wire! While this cute little dragonfly is no fairy or deer, it’s certainty within the realm of a beginner working with wire! Most of this cute bug is made from chicken wire, so the form is pretty much there!
If wire isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options to decorating a garden! One of these, which follows the line of the wire sculptures, is upcycling! Just about anything that’s old and lying around can be spruced up to create something beautiful for a garden space!
For instance, take a childhood toy or one of your children’s unused toys, and turn it into a garden statue! It’s so incredibly simple to do and it’s a fun unique touch you can add to your garden or your grown children’s garden. This could be a really sentimental gift for graduation or for a house-warming!
Finished repaving your patio and have extra quick-set concrete? Make a planter that looks like nurturing hands! The picture above is a little more intricate than the ones in the tutorial, but with a little love and sculpting, you could have something that looks like this! I love the idea of having a little raised planter within my flowerbed to cradle my succulents!
Not that talented? That’s ok! Gather a bunch of driftwood or sticks, bundle them together, purchase a large glowing orb and voila! You’ve got yourself a stunning abstract garden sculpture! This sculpture idea is definitely my favorite because of the simplicity and the ability to enjoy it in the dark. Plus, I’ve been wanting one of those glowing orbs since I did that blog post on Barry Underwood… Light and landscapes are a guilty pleasure of mine…
If you happen to live in an area where moss thrives, embrace it! Getting moss to grow exactly where you want it requires a bit of a green thumb, but you are a gardener anyway, right? Decorate an old wooden fence or the side of your garden shed! Write a positive reminder to yourself, or create geometric patterns, or a sweeping landscape! Get creative! You’re literally painting with a living organism. How cool is that? However, keep this to your own property. Public spaces and your neighbors may not like it if you grow moss on their stuff.
I hope everyone has been enjoying their gardens or outdoor green spaces they’ve made for themselves this summer! Hopefully these little art tips help you design your dream garden! Which idea is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let me know!