Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Take a Break: Paint a rock

I happen to love rocks, have a stack by my desk and collect them whenever I’m near water. Recently I’ve seen some beautifully painted ones and thought it would be fun to try. Had no idea how meditative it could be. So it’s pretty straightforward:

• Find a rock with a smooth surface. Best spots for finding these type of rocks are where there is fast moving water, such as rivers, streams and the ocean. If you can’t find one, your local craft store and Dollar Store will have bags of them.

• Decide on a word, picture or whatever you’d like to see on your rock.

• Wash your stone as the paints adhere better to a clean stone.
• Use Sharpies, acrylic paints or market paints and start creating. If you want a solid color background, use 2 coats of an acrylic paint. If you like the dots effect, you can use a cotton swabs and toothpicks. Glue things to your stones, such as a picture, googly eyes, sequins or whatever strikes your fancy. At the moment I’m into the Sharpie Metallic pens and dots.

I found this video of a Mandala Painted Pebble by MagaMerlina to be mesmerizing. Notice the tool she’s using.

Not interested in today’s activity? Check out the Take a Break Pinterest for lots of Take a Break ideas. 

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