Spring has arrived and gardens are blooming. But beware those cute little garden gnomes…for at night they turn the garden into a place where evil resides.
Under the cloak of night these gnomes cast wicked magic upon your garden. Innocuous plants turn into man-eating beasts while the gnomes themselves cart body parts from nearby cemeteries into their gardens. What they do with them, one can only imagine…and shudder.
I had such fun making the “Gardening at Night” scene (which by the way gives a subtle nod to R.E.M., my all-time favorite band). You can see the tutorial below, or better yet, stop by the Gypsy Soul blog to see where it all began.
To create the scene, I assembled the 7 x 7 Corner Room Box and painted it with gesso. I gave it a base coat of green paint and then began adding different layers.
Slowly I added layers of several greens, as well as yellow, brown and black acrylic paint– to create a lush plant background. I used a heat gun to dry between each layer so as not to muddy the colors.
I then inked the edges of the trellis and birdhouse with brown ink and a blending tool to give them an aged appearance.
After placing florist’s foam inside the planter, I inserted the carnivorous plants that I made from clay. I also added black paint to plastic greenery, dried moss and miniature flowers and added those to the trellis.
Finally, I painted covered a miniature bird with black paint and added it and the birdhouse to the trellis.
To make the wheelbarrow, I first assembled it all but the axle and wheels and painted it green. I then painted the axle green, the wheels brown and completed the assembly.
Next, I cut apart a small plastic skeleton and shortened the rib cage and limbs to create a more gnome-like shape. I then reassembled the skeleton using a strong adhesive.
Scraps of blue striped fabric made the perfect pants and I quickly turned a red circle of felt into a hat.
I painted doll limbs with brown paint make them appear dirty and cut a rusty miniature snow shovel into the shape of a spade. After piling the wheelbarrow dried greens, I added the limbs, spade and mushrooms.
It is the little details that really make the scene.
I aged miniature pots by smudging white paint with my fingers and painting moss with white paint before gluing it to the pots.
On the base of the Room Box I created a curved pathway with black stones and surrounded it with green moss. I also added plants to the walls of the Room Box.
Next, I created a entrance to the garden from tree branches from our yard. Sometimes I soak the branches to make them more pliable, but these were bendy enough that I was able to just use wire and hot glue to create the archway.
I secured the archway in place by punching holes in the Room Box and securing the branches with wire on the back side.
To finish “Gardeing at Night” I glued everything in place and added additional details such as a gnome holding a skull, rope ladder, mushrooms and creepy trees.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope this tutorial inspires you to make your own Night Garden. Remember to keep an eye out for those wicked gnomes!
Tree branches and twigs
Hot glue gun