Stone painting is an elegant way to express yourself by creating unique crafts for home and garden decor. Release your inner creative energy and dive into a state of meditation while painting to create new pictures and images.
How to prepare rocks for painting
The best choice for painting on rocks is sea pebbles, so don't forget to replenish your stock of painting supplies the next time you go on a seaside vacation.
Criteria for choosing rocks for painting are as follows:
- A suitable shape. The shape needed for the rock depends on your design, but it is better to choose the correct shape. Such stones are universal and you can draw any pattern on them.
- Rock texture. Smooth stones are better for painting. If the texture of the stone is flawed, this will complicate the painting process and distort the picture itself.
- The density of the rock. Dense stones are preferable, since a porous stone absorbs the paint and thereby complicates the work.
- Surface color. The choice of color also depends on your planned image, but keep in mind that too dark a rock can distort the color of the paints. It is better to choose light stones, because they can better complement any pigment.
Some final rock painting tips:
Not all jobs require perfectly flat and smooth stones. If you find a stone with a bizarre shape, do not immediately discard it. Perhaps later you will have a fantastic idea for how to paint this particular unusual stone.
When you work with stones found in your area, take extra time to rinse, disinfect, and dry these stones first.
How to paint stones using materials at hand
The main advantage of painting stones is the ability to create crafts without having almost any materials. The only thing you need is paints and brushes; you can literally find the canvas needed for the piece in your yard.
To paint stones you will need:
- paints (acrylic, gouache, or oil)
- paint primer
Applying primer and varnish are optional. It depends on whether the texture of the stone requires it and whether you want to seal the drawing with varnish at the end.
How to do stone painting, step by step
Painting a rock always starts with the preparation of the stone itself. If you picked up a rock from the ground, you must rinse it thoroughly with soapy water and dry it first. If you are using rock with a smooth and even surface, then no preliminary primer is necessary. But if you come across a chipped stone, then first you need to prime its surface.
- Priming the stone if necessary. You can use a store-bought primer or make your own. A homemade primer can be prepared by adding glue and water are to your acrylic paints in equal proportions. Stir this mixture and your primer will then be ready.
- After the primer has dried, create a sketch of the drawing. It is best to use a simple pencil to draw your sketch. Experienced artists may be able to do without sketching first.
- Drawing contours. It is important to draw the contours of the image accurately for greater precision. When working with a small rock, you may not be able to do a complete sketch, but you can at least draw outlines.
- Paint the entire surface of the rock with the chosen color. If necessary, you can dilute acrylic paints with water a little.
- Painting pictures. Depending on the color scheme of the picture, gradually paint over all the small details with the appropriate color.
- Trace the outline of the drawing with a black marker to highlight it. This will add volume to the drawing and accentuate small details.
- Let the rock dry. Wait for the paints to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
- Varnishing is the final stage of the rock painting process. To secure the picture from the elements, cover the stone with varnish and let it dry. Varnish not only makes the drawing permanent, but also gives the image a spectacular shine.
When you have finished a beautiful rock painting, what can you do with it after? Your garden or suburb is a great place to showcase your creativity. Besides that, there are many other options for installing your crafts.
Here are just a few ideas:
- If you glue a magnet on the back of the rock, it can serve as a decoration for the refrigerator door.
- Fill a jug or vase with painted pebbles to look spectacular.
- A rock with an interesting picture or ornament can become a paperweight gift to friends and acquaintances.
- Medium-sized stones can be used as the basis for educational material for children. They can make it easy and fun to learn colors, the letters of the alphabet, and numbers.