Once the mortar has set up I pull out the cardboard and just slather on some paint. I use a brighter than what you would normally use because the sun bleaches it out to a perfect shade in a few weeks.
I mix the paint with a lot of water as I paint the faux brick. This helps it have a graduated paint effect for a better looking paint job.
Once I've painted the faux brick, I quickly toss on some dirt to the newly painted area and rub it in.
I do this to several at a time...
Once you sweep away the dirt, the paint is dry and your bricks are all done.
Here is a little one with the cardboard still needing to be pulled out...
I still have a few more faux bricks to paint, as you can see below.... It won't take long at all to do, I'm sure much faster than cutting a real brick!
Here are some random photos of my back yard... I recently bought a bunch of pond rocks and placed them in my yard.
I think it really sets off everything nicely.
I also fired up the rock fountain that is in the lagoon area. I am needing to find some algae solution that is pet safe so I don't have to clean it out this summer.