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Rock painting is a craft that has been on my 'To-Do' list for quite a while now, but my main motivation came from a walk in our favorite park. In addition to a beautiful pond, marshland with a walkway, gardens, walking path, and playground, there is a Kindness Rocks Garden where I always see children 'examining' the rocks.
The Kindness Rocks Project has one purpose: to cultivate connections within communities and lift others up through simple acts of kindness. It was time to get involved!
I decided to start small and found two rocks that I thought would be fun to paint.
But, before I get started, let me welcome to the Creative Craft Hop hosted by Sara from Birdz of a Feather. If you just came from Sara, welcome to the Cottage! At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed.
The first rock I found reminded me of an orange or apple slice.
I decided to go with the orange and gave it two coats of white craft paint as a base coat.
Then I mixed a little orange into the white paint.
I didn't want a 'bright white' background.
Time to start the details!
Now for the orange rind.
The back was pretty rough, so I just painted it orange.
The next rock was perfectly smooth.
It was destined to be a ladybug, so I gave it 3 coats of red.
Some black craft paint started the head.
The wings and body were defined with a little back paint and a Sharpie
Those tiny white spots also got a touch-up!
This ladybug needed some spots.This stylus is such a handy tool!
I forgot to take a pic of the eyes being added, but the smaller stylus came to the rescue!
A message was written on the bottom of this one too!
They are ready to be delivered to the Kindness Rock Garden.
A few more rocks are sitting on my craft table right now. I can see how this could become an addiction. It's the perfect craft for a rainy day or those cold, snowy days of winter!
Have you tried rock painting yet?
Remember, this is a blog hop so it's time to visit Tammy @ Patina & Paint. Once you've stopped by to see her, be sure to visit all of the others for more inspiration! Here's the list:
Wow Ann, what an amazing first rock project; that orange slice looks good enough to eat lol. Love the messages you wrote and the whole concept. What a great community initiative to participate in :).ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sara. It really is a great community initiative and it's so much fun to listen to the little ones!Delete
How fun this craft is. I have a friend that loves to paint rocks. You do a great job with yours.ReplyDelete
It's actually fun and relaxing to paint these rocks and I love that something so simple can make a difference in someone's day!Delete
These are both adorable Ann! You did a great job painting them! The rock garden is such a fun idea for kids. I have a friend that lives in a small town where people hide painted rocks for others to find as a sign of good luck and she paints and hides rocks all the time. She posts them on Instagram too, you can see her rocks at painted_rocks_by_lorraineReplyDelete
There are lots of versions of this idea. We all need a little more 'nice' in our lives!Delete
Ann, I love that you find rocks that are destined to be something beautiful! I haven't tried rock painting but thanks to you, it's on my list to do! You certainly created gorgeous rocks and a wonderful addition to your community Kindness Rock Garden!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Gail. You should give it a try, it's lots of fun!Delete
Ann, painted rocks are such a fun craft and I really love your orange slice--that's one I haven't seen before! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store AddictionReplyDelete
That rock was just perfect for the orange slice and I'll probably never find another one!Delete
How fun and cute are these? Here in my home town people leave hidden painted rocks in all the parks for other to find. These would fit right in. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Tammy. I've heard for that version, too. Either way, it's a nice way to brighten someone's day!Delete
I never tried rock painting. You showed a good method to do it.ReplyDelete
The orange looks so real! They're both adorable. A rock garden with sweet messages on the rocks sounds like such a fun idea. I would love to start one in our area. Pinned!ReplyDelete
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife
Thanks, Niki. Check out the link on the project.Delete
I've never painted rocks; your simple designs look very doable! I'll have to be on the lookout for some possibles--my flowers could use some little accents like that. One one thing that Maine gardens grow best is ROCKS!ReplyDelete
These turned out so cute! I love finding painted rocks when we're out hiking and I always say I'm going to paint a few to leave behind but I have never gotten around to it.ReplyDelete
I've always done the same thing. The garden inspired me to actually do it!Delete
What a darling little project. We have thousands of river rocks on one side of our home that we have dug up from our flower beds. These decorated rocks would make great paper weights or just decorative items. You are a great painter.ReplyDelete
You're so sweet, Carol! Painting rocks is more fun than I imagined and I have a few more waiting for me.Delete
Your painted rocks are super duper cute!! My husband hates when I save rocks from the yard. I finally put them in my craft room so he doesn't have to look at them ~ lol.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Allyson. You would be good at this - time to start painting, my friend!Delete
Amazing rock painting. The orange slice looks so real. I also love the lady bug. I hope this comment goes through your email. I did send you an email.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Linda. They were fun to make! Your comment DID come through, Blogger has been challenging me but I think I finally won...Delete
These look so good. Love the ladybird one :)ReplyDelete
I love painting rocks and leaving them around local parks for kids to find. I love the orange one!ReplyDelete
A friend painted a sleeping cat on a rock for me many years ago and I still have it as a sweet remembrance of her. But these are very cute and look easy to do.ReplyDelete
I've seen detailed ones like your cat. They're beautiful!Delete
Those are so adorable! I love that idea of a kindness rock garden. I used to paint rocks when I was young, and you brought back such fun memories.ReplyDelete
I love it when I can bring back memories for my readers!Delete
It's so much fun. I wanted to let you know, too, that I'll be featuring this post at Thursday Favorite Things today. :)Delete
Thank you, Pam. I look forward to the new party!Delete
So cute! I can't believe you got the color just right on the orange slice! I love it. Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday blog hop.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
You have such a creative imagination to look at a rock and see a slice of orange or a ladybug. Very pretty! Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 66.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Carol. It's my pleasure to share!Delete
Absolutely adorable and crafty work,ReplyDelete
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Aww, thank you!Delete
Thank you for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty. I'm featuring your cute rocks this week!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for the feature, Allyson. You made my day!Delete
This is so cute and clever Ann! Who would have thought an orange slice by looking at the rock, but I saw it immediately when you began the project. Lady Bugs are adorable! You are so creative.ReplyDelete