Hi;

In between paintings, I have been painting rocks. 

I started doing this with my grandchildren as a fun painting project - and it has morphed into something more - a fun stress reliever for me!

It is like doodling with a paint brush.

The key is no pressure to do it exactly right - just have fun - it is a rock!  If I like what comes out, I keep it.  If I don't like it, no problem because it is only a rock. 

Another nice aspect of this is that people seem to like them!  When friends and family leave my home, they  take a rock with them (which keeps them from piling up).  When varnished, they can be put outside in the garden or near a path.

Has anyone else tried this?  I recommend it if you want a short, fun, low pressure activity using paint and brush.

Examples of some of my quick rock paintings are below. 

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That's funny you should mention this. I have been collecting rocks to paint on! I thought it would be fun. Now I can't wait to try it

Yes - it's fun.  Let me know if you like it!

What a pleasant and Creative way to spend time with children, little jems

Yes - it is quite fun.  They want to paint rocks now whenever they come....

I have a small seascape done in oils on a beach stone from NS in 1956 by a late aunt from Rhode Island.  Does that count?  Guess it shows that the idea has been around for some time, at least .    .         .

Yes - it all counts.  It probably is not a new idea - painters will find anything to paint on!  It is great that you still have the stone that your aunt painted.  Rocks last!

How wonderful! I have done this too, however didn't varnish them, and, well, the weather took over. But that's okay too, as "they are rocks!" I really like yours SARAH. They are bright and cheerful.

I am happy to hear that others have painted on rocks too!  That way my family won't think I am totally crazy:)

Love this! Especially like the little cottage. It looks like a Hobbit home :) It would be fun to paint monsters on them, too. Cute monsters :)

Yes,cute monsters would be fun! Although monsters of any kind are not popular with my grandkids right now - perhaps in a few years:):):)

Great idea Sarah!!! Thanks for bringing this creative skill to this site!!! I love the idea of company taking a rock with them when they leave too!  I have lots of blasted rock (from being on a small mountain and a road going in)....so I'll choose a rock that looks like it could be "something" and  paint it in!! Great idea and lots of fun! I love yours and the varied scenes you've painted...you're a talented lady!!

Yes - it would be great to find a rock that looks like something and paint to enhance the shape.  I would love to see them.  Being on the lake, I have been painting mostly smooth lake rocks.  I wold love to see yours when done!

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