Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
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.
Diane - I would love to see yours when done!
Sarah, Do you put a layer of gesso on the area of rock you are using before you paint on it?
No - I didn't. I started these with my grandkids and most are done with inexpensive craft paint. I did put a couple of coats of clear exterior varnish on them to hold the paint. There is probably more info out there about the best way to do these, but I was just playing....
When I lived in AZ I painted some river rocks as they were easy to find and very smooth. Where do you get your rocks? Not so plentiful where I live in MD - rocks are more jagged. I never did this project but thought it would be fun for a gift for kids: a painted rocks tic tac toe game.
oh, that sounds like fun :)
These rocks came from Lake Ontario in upstate New York and are quite smooth. I have heard of people painting on rough rocks, as well and think it is certainly doable. The game sounds like a great idea. Let me know if you try it!
I just discover your post Sarah. What a great idea!! Linda expressed exactly my feeling. It's really a pleasant present for your friends.
Yes - I have also found this process to be a real stress reliever!