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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I LOVE spotting painted rocks on our hikes and some of them are so intricate! We have painted rocks a few times and it's both fun and relaxing.ReplyDelete
I never heard of this until yesterday. I thought it was a great idea, although I don't know if I could ever be generous enough to part with any of mine in that way.Delete
We see some of those around our community, and just love them. People will put them in neighbor's yards, and it brings up such a smile when we walk by.ReplyDelete
What a fun activity.
This must be a thing elsewhere in the US as I've never seen a painted rock on all my hiking adventures. What a great idea though! I love it.Delete
That is so very cool. You did a really nice job there.ReplyDelete
I love rock painting, but I haven't done it in a while. May have to do some this weekendReplyDelete
I never really knew about this hobby until my friend introduced me to it. I had no idea it was so popular, but after having done it, I can see why.Delete
I love this: even I could do this. I love both the words ones and that cute little hedgehog!ReplyDelete
Ha ha! I know, right? It's a hobby everyone can participate in. I've seen some incredible painted rocks that you know had to be done by an artist, and then there's the more simple ones like mine...yet they are all so pretty, no matter the skill level. I love it.Delete
So wonderful that your friend found rock painting therapeutic during her cancer treatment. It does look like a wonderful thing to do. I like the idea of using the shape for the design. Yours are lovely, Amy!ReplyDelete
Oh, you are such an amazing artist. I'd love to see what you can create with this hobby.Delete
Look so lovely <3ReplyDelete
Such a lovely works dear- I love painting xxReplyDelete
Thanks! Me too.Delete
I've been thinking of taking this up--thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
It's a fun hobby. You will enjoy it.Delete