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Art Lessons on How to Paint Rocks

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For novice and experienced painters alike, painting rocks offers an interesting alternative to painting on canvas. It also provides a great craft opportunity for kids, who can experiment with different patterns and images on their own rocks with a li

Art Lessons on How to Paint Rocks

For novice and experienced painters alike, painting rocks offers an interesting alternative to painting on canvas. It also provides a great craft opportunity for kids, who can experiment with different patterns and images on their own rocks with a little adult supervision. A beautiful painted rock can make a thoughtful gift for someone, particularly if you immortalise their pet or favourite animal on it.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

RocksScrubbing brushDetergentWood filler -- optionalGessoPencil or chalkArtist's acrylic paintSynthetic paintbrushesClear varnish spray

Instructions

1 Search for rocks by the river or the beach. Look for stones that resemble curled up animals or have the right texture for a particular creature, such as a spiked hedgehog. Collect flat, smooth rocks that are ideal for 2D portraits, with a picture on one side. Purchase stones from a landscaping supplier if you cannot get to a river or beach.

2 Scrub rocks with a scrubbing brush, detergent and warm water to remove all dirt. Leave the rocks to dry for several days, to prevent the paint flaking off or bubbling.

3 Apply wood filler to gaps and flaws in the rock if you desire a smooth surface. Follow the manufacturer's directions for use.

4 Apply a thin base coat of gesso, a surface primer, to the rock to help the paint adhere to the surface. Leave it to dry.

5 Sketch the basic outline of your animal or image in pencil or chalk.

6 Apply your artist's acrylic paint in your chosen manner. A thick application of paint works well for 2D images in bright colours, such as beach scenes. Several delicate layers of paint give a watercolour effect, which helps to create texture, for example when painting the fur of an animal.

7 Leave the painted rock to cure for several days.

8 Spray the rock with a clear varnish to give it a protective finish.

Tips and warnings

Refer to books of illustrations or use photographs for inspiration. Photograph an object from several viewpoints to help you recreate an accurate 3D image of it on the rock.

If you intend to leave your painted rock outdoors, look for folk art paints that will stand up to the elements.

Wash your brushes in water immediately after use and lay them on a flat surface to dry.

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