Today I’ll show my latest crafting obsession, so much fun. I know I saw this on a news program some time ago. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I found this rock painted with a chicken at the post office. It was sitting on a large boulder next to the front door that is in a rock garden. I have a lot of chickens in my kitchen, so it caught my eye. The back had a facebook logo and a name. So I took it home and looked it up. Turns out there is a group of folks that do this regularly, so I joined the group and posted my find.
My Sweet Babboo went to the driveway and found a few rocks for me to begin painting my own to hide. He found a few flatter ones, and I spray painted them yellow, and then added some crude flowers. I used a butterfly sticker on one. Then I put them out in the wild.
That just got me charged up to do more. So, we went to Lowes and found a bag of large river rocks. I brought those home and started with washing them. They were reasonably clean, just dusty.
I found several cans of paint that would probably do, so I did a few in white.
Then, for variety, I did more in yellow and lavendar.
Once they had two coats all around, and had fully dried, it was on to the fun part of decorating them. I had no idea what would work and what wouldn’t, so I started with using my stamps and ink to do a little snail and a couple of ladybugs.
The ink was OK, but when it dried, some of the detail was lost, so I enhanced those details with a sharpie pen. I thought the ink would do better as an outline for painting. So I found another set with larger motif outlines. Then I could use acrylic paint to finish.
I had a such fun time painting, I am thinking this is going to become addictive.
On the underside, I took an idea from another poster on the group and made labels to decoupage onto the underside. If you see one, you can keep the rock, re-hide it somewhere else, or take it out of town and re-hide near your home. Some have found one taken out of state, which is fun.
Then I did a few more with just acrylic paints for a base, this gave me more colors. For all, they are finished with a clear spray varnish.
So, now to put these out to be found. Many of the participants are doing the local parks, post offices and downtown, so I wanted to do some other places. I started with putting a few at local grocery stores, in the outdoor seating areas for lunch. I put some at the facility where we have pickleball lessons this week. I hid one on a retaining wall.
A heart is placed in an empty pot along a sidewalk.
My Sweet Babboo said it was like having an Easter Egg hunt when I put this pink one near a sign along a walkway in front of the courts. If you are local, look around everywhere you go, you just might find a surprise. If you’d like to see some of the amazing creativity of other people, check out the HVL NC Rocks facebook group. There are some really clever folks on there, using the shapes of their rocks to inspire things like m&ms with bites taken out, to alien faces, bumblebees and candy corn.
Last week, I was having lunch with a friend downtown, and as we walked back to our cars, I spotted a pretty one painted with tulips on a windowsill of a business. I had just been telling her about this fun activity, so I stopped and showed it to her. She took it home and posted the find on the group. Now, we are going to get together to paint more. I’ll be prepping the rocks with base paint and the labels so we can jump into being creative. There are books on Painting Rocks on Amazon, believe it or not!! I need to check the library to see if we have any. I ‘rocked’ the library when I returned a book.
Then I ‘rocked’ the pickleball / tennis courts where we practice.
This little snail is so cute, I need to do more of those.
Doesn’t this look like fun? Have you ever found a painted rock? Does your community have a ‘rocks’ group?
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