One is never too old to discover a new hobby, and I have found a new one that I really enjoy: Rock Painting. I first heard about rock painting from my best friend. She found it a very therapeutic thing to do while undergoing cancer treatment. She chose positive messages to focus on as she painted her rocks. I really wasn't interested in it at all when she started, but I became interested a year later when I found some interesting rocks in my potato bed. The rocks were so smooth, and a perfect oval, I thought "This would be great for rock painting!" and the adventure began!
Like all new hobbies, I got all my ideas from Pinterest. There I learned how to prep rocks and I saw lots and lots of ideas to paint on rocks. When I start any new hobby, I first just duplicate someone else's design. Eventually when I get comfortable enough, I will create my own designs. All the rocks in this post were cased from my Pinterest board HERE.
My first painted rock I want to show you is my favorite! I love the inspirational message which is very biblical (Matthew 17: 20-21). I learned very quickly in my new hobby that the shape of the rock will dictate your design. This rock already had a mountain shape, so it was pretty easy to paint mountains on it. I just followed the shape of the rock.
To prep your rock for painting, just give them a good cleaning and then dry them off. You can use any regular acrylic paint, but I chose to use these outdoor acrylic paints from Hobby Lobby. These paints don't require a sealer on top, but if you use regular acrylic paint, then you must apply a sealer when done. I sealed my rocks even though I didn't need too. So much work went into them, I want them to last. I used Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel.
Here's a few more little rocks I did. Notice the Hedgehog? That's another example of how I used the shape of the rock to dictate the design.
I could not believe how much I enjoyed rock painting. It was very relaxing and not stressful at all like some of my other hobbies like quilting! It also is a very "quick" hobby. I can create something super cute in a matter of minutes instead of days, weeks, or months. I think it's the perfect little hobby for a gardener like me, as I always have plenty of garden space and patio pots to display my little rocks.
And finally, this isn't rock painting, but it is similar, I wanted to show you this fun Hobby Lobby find. It's a stepping stone, but I thought it was too pretty to put on the ground, so I set it on an easel on my porch. I just love the whimsical design, the bright colors, and of course the message. Hobby Lobby's spring and summer stuff is 50% off and there were plenty of these stones left in the store when I was last there, so if you want one, I'd grab it now before they are all gone.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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