Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Rock Painting

These are the instructions I pulled together for our Ostara rock painting activity. Be aware that many of the links have cookies, pop-ups, or other problems that I usually route around -- I ignored those this time because I was mainly interested in printing out the instructions and images, and didn't have enough choices to avoid the virtual fleas.


Supplies

You'll need some basic craft supplies to get started: rocks, paint, brushes, and sealer. Paint pens are awesome and we used ours a lot. Ideally, look for a kit of paints, but we also bought a big bottle of white and of green for backgrounds, which was a great idea.

Guide to Supplies
https://colormadehappy.com/best-painting-rocks-supplies-guide/

Michaels Craft Store
https://www.michaels.com/trending-crafts/rock-painting/941330906


Methods

Note that this is nothing new. It is popular now so a lot of people are discovering it for the first time. But it was also popular in the 1970s when I was little, and my grandmother was familiar with it because she could explain it to me. People have been painting rocks ever since humans invented paint. I have a very old piece of folk art with a rock-painted owl glued to a board.

Rock Painting / Hiding / Hunting as a Hobby
https://familyrelationships.org.uk/rock-hiding-how-to-join-in-with-the-latest-family-friendly-craze



How Rock Painting Works
https://paintedrocklife.com/index.php/2017/04/13/how-rock-painting-works/

How to Paint a River Rock
https://www.wikihow.com/Paint-a-River-Rock

Rock Painting with Kids
https://rhythmsofplay.com/get-outside-connect-collect-and-paint-rocks/





Rock Painting Tutorials

These are the instructions I printed out for people to use as inspiration.



Spring Themed Rocks
https://rockpainting101.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Spring-Rocks.jpg

Spring Wreath Rock
https://rockpainting101.com/spring-wreath-painted-rock/

Dot Painting Apple Tree
Painting-on-Rocks.jpg https://rockpainting101.com/apple-blossom-dot-painting/

Seasonal Tree of Life Painted Rocks
https://www.ilovepaintedrocks.com/2017/10/seasonal-dot-tree-of-life-painted-rocks.html

Smiling Flower
https://rockpainting101.com/happy-flower-rocks/

Flower Painted Rocks
https://thedecoratedcookie.com/flower-painted-rocks/

Tulip Painted Rocks
https://rockpainting101.com/tulip-painted-rocks/

Blue Grape Hyacinths
https://sustainmycrafthabit.com/how-to-make-painted-rocks-flowers/

Flowering Vines
https://rockpainting101.com/flower-vines-painted-rocks/

Colorful Fronds
http://www.markmontano.com/2017/09/painted-love-stones.html

African Daisies
http://www.markmontano.com/2017/08/painted-inspiration-rocks.html

Spring Zendangle
https://rockpainting101.com/zendangle-spring-rocks/

Dot Painting Rocks
https://twitchetts.com/2017/08/dot-painting-rocks.html/

Mandala Stones
http://colorful-crafts.com/mandala-stones-diy/

Gradient Base Coat
https://rockpainting101.com/gradient-base-coat/

Hand Lettering a Word
https://rockpainting101.com/hand-lettering-a-single-word/

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Words and Phrases

Among the easiest ways to decorate a rock is to paint the background and then write a word or phrase on it. These are some that I gathered for people to use.

Spring Words:

awake, birth, bloom, blossom, breeze, bud, bunny, butterfly, chick, crocus, daffodil, egg, flowers, grass, green, grow, hatch, hyacinth, jump, kindness, lamb, life, melt, nest, open, polliwog, puddle, quiet, rain, rainbow, rebirth, robin, season, showers, snowdrop, sprout, sunshine, thaw, tulip, umbrella, violets, warm, weather, windy, yellow, youth
https://www.enchantedlearning.com/wordlist/spring.shtml

Positive Words:

acceptance, action, admire, agree, amazing, approve, awesome, beautiful, believe, bliss, bounty, brave, brilliant, calm, champion, charming, cheer, choice, courage, creative, cute, dazzling, delight, earnest, enchanting, encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, essence, excellent, excitement, exquisite, fabulous, fair, fantastic, fortunate, freedom, fresh, friendship, fun, generosity, genius, gorgeous, grace, happy, harmony, healing, health, honesty, honor, hugs, idea, imagine, impressive, independence, intelligent, intuitive, joy, knowledge, laugh, legendary, light, lively, lovely, lucky, luminous, marvelous, natural, now, nurturing, okay, optimistic, powerful, prepared, progress, quality, quick, ready, rejoice, reliable, respect, right, safe, smile, sparkling, special, spirited, success, superb, surprise, terrific, thriving, tranquility, transform, trust, truth, unwavering, upbeat, valued, vibrant, victory, vital, welcome, whole, wonderful, worthy, wow, yes, zeal
https://www.enchantedlearning.com/wordlist/positivewords.shtml

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Positive Affirmations:

It's okay to take up space.

Choose peace.

Stand up for yourself.

You deserve joy.

Don't worry -- be happy!

Take time to heal.

You are unique.

Do your best.

Create change.

Take pride in your work.

You are enough.

Be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe.

You matter.

Be here now.

Live your own life.

Embody hope.

Embrace the unknown.

Take small steps.

Dream big.

Reach for the stars.

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Runes and Their Meanings

https://d2gg9evh47fn9z.cloudfront.net/800px_COLOURBOX13330221.jpg

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On the back of your rock, you can write the name of a painted rock club. People take pictures of these rocks and share them on Facebook.
Tags: crafts, holiday, how to, paganism
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