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Weatherproof Art

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Archway to the Garden 44 x 32 Weatherproof Wall ArtYesterday’s post inspired me to search a little more into weatherproof art.  Where can you get all weather prints?  How are they make?  Is it something you can do yourself?

Weatherproof art is created by using a combination of UV resistant paint and a sealer to keep out the moisture.  With UV resistant paint, you avoid the fading that would come from a picture being out in the sun.  The moisture barrier then protects the art from high humidity and rain.

There are a few sites which sell weatherproof art. One is Yardiac.com   They have a nice selection of fine art, with an average price around $150. I highlighted my favorite picture at the top of this post.

Another is Darby Creek Trading Company.  They offer more country style prints, and take about 3-4 weeks to ship.

Interesting in pictures printed on tiles instead?  I found a neat photography site at J. Katch Creations.  They use an ink sublimination process to create a picture on a ceramic tile.  They look just like real photographs, only more weatherproof.

If you’re interested in making your own outdoor art, you can try painting an existing picture with a thin layer of polyurethane.  It may take more than one coat, but you should be able to waterproof your painting in this way.  However, it won’t protect the picture from sun damage.  But if you have an inexpensive picture, this can be an affordable way to add wall art to your outdoor space.

Conserve Water with Style? Yes, You Can!

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rain-collectorIs it even possible?  If you have a modern or playful style and need to conserve water, you might be interested in this neat little gadget.  This rain collector (RC-1) holds 45 gallons of rainwater.  You can also attach it to your gutter to collect the runoff, and it has a screen on the top to filter out leaves and such.

My favorite feature is a spigot on the front, which lets you pour the water into a watering can, or even attach it to your hose to water the plants.   Inhabitat wrote that “the RC-1 is the perfect example of an accessible and sustainable gardening tool.” 

They also make a drying rack (DR-1) which doubles as a garden screen.  I could see using it to cover your air conditioner while airdrying a few items, though it does not look like it would hold that much.