I have recently stumbled upon an interesting arts and crafts trend that will definitely rock your world: rock painting. The idea of collecting rocks isn’t new but whoever had the brilliant notion of making these bland pieces of paperweight into a canvas in which one can let their imaginations loose bringing color and life into something that was once just lying on the dirt, perhaps gathering soil or providing a home for moss, but can now be used to brighten up your living room, that person is an artiste.
Turning plain old rocks into pieces of art can be a refreshing hobby to partake because not only do you get the satisfaction from painting and transforming these rocks into a lovely ornament or home décor, but you will also find it fulfilling to search for these rocks, work on them, grind them, and smooth them so that they can finally form the base of your artwork. So grab your brushes and pens, and let me share with you some of the things that I learned as I looked into rock painting as a hobby and pastime.
Finding the Right Rock for You
Obviously, the first thing we need to do is to find a rock that we would like to paint. If you have a garden or live in a neighborhood where there are parks, you may go and scout those areas to get a good look at what you can work with and see the assortment of rocks that might catch your eye. However, if you do not have the time to go out and search for one yourself, the Michaels store does provide some rocks that you can buy.
Cleaning the Rock
We don’t want to get ourselves dirty so it would be best to clean the rock first. Also, it would be easier and more convenient if we smoothen the rock so that when we apply paint on it, we can have a nice even coat. Furthermore, getting rid of the rough edges would protect us from getting hurt or injured as we handle the rocks.
The Painted Rock Life also outlines another method for cleaning our rocks before paint them which involves letting them soak in warm water, and then scrubbing away excess dirt with a brush or the abrasive part of a sponge. Afterwards, we let them to dry and put them in the oven.
Painting Your Rocks
Then comes the exciting part: painting. In painting the rocks, I found that painting a base coat just like what the guys at Rock Painting 101 did with some of their rocks. This enables you to have a clean slate and provides you with enough leeway to start with your designs. When it comes to which kind of paint to use, acrylic paint would be best and based on my research, Carissa Bonham from I Love Painted Rocks suggest FolkArt surface paint or the Martha Stewart acrylics. Personally, I like paint pens.Some of the best paint pens you can find out there are the Posca brand as suggested by Rock Painting 101 because no matter what happens to your rocks, whatever you write on them, it will stick until the end. One additional step you can do is to seal your rock with a spray sealer. And there you have it. Your very own painted rocks.