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Art on Stones

Updated on July 14, 2013

A Painted Stone Owl for a Special Person

Recently on a Wednesday I've been meeting a group of lovely ladies at the local community hall. For two hours in the morning once a week we gather to create a craft and share experiences. My neighbor first told me of event and I'm glad I went along with her. I've always loved creating things but never seem to have the time when I'm at home. I'm now making the time for myself and having a ball!

There are several different crafts at the hall but we started in the art class...painting canvases and stones. I've done two canvases and now I've done my first stone art. I have a special reason for creating this little piece of art. It's for my god daughter who is going to America at the end of July to work at Disney World. She's going to be away for 12 months and this stone work is a keepsake made just for her.

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The items you will need
The items you will need

Each week I take my bag of goodies containing paints, brushes, pencils, canvas or anything else I need.

Heather runs the painting class and is happy to share her expertise and additional color that may be missing from my box of paints.

My first works are shown below. There is the Flame Lily flower, the National flower of my homeland Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and a picture of chrysanthemums. One week I went to a session where I made a piece of jewellery - made of fired glass. I'll tell you about that another time. The glass jewellery craft is not available every week so we made the most of the occasion.

There are groups of knitters, card making, teddy bear making, pottery, mosaic...you see I have plenty of arts to try out!

You will need a range of Acrylic paint colors

Reeves 24-Pack Acrylic Colour Tube Set, 10ml
Reeves 24-Pack Acrylic Colour Tube Set, 10ml

Reeves paints come in vibrant colors...in all the basic range you will need. These are quality paints that come in small tubes but don't let that worry you as you really don't need much...it is quite deceiving. Just a small dab goes a long way.

These are the very same set that I used on my rock project. And I've used them to paint the canvases too.

 

No need to throw away the paint colors you are using.

To avoid your paints drying out use any container that closes firmly...I used an old yoghurt pot upside down. Place a damp paper towel on the base of your paint container (or the lid as in my case). Over this place baking paper where you can mix your paints. When you have finished your art work for the day cover the pot and they will be ready for use the next time you want to paint.

Have you painted stones before?

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Prepare your stones for the art work
Prepare your stones for the art work

Preparing the stones

The stones are river stones and so are easy to harvest. All they need is a clean and a background paint.

Paint in white and then cover in the color of your choice. The white undercoating helps to keep the color bright. If you want darker hues then miss the white paint stage.

You can see the effect of using white as a base coat in the picture gallery below. The Flame Lily has a white coat whereas the Chrysanthemum does not - it looks more muted.

Getting ideas
Getting ideas

Choosing an Owl

My god daughter, Natasha, loves owls and books so I've incorporated both these in my picture.

I started by looking up some free clip art pictures to get some ideas. I adapted the little fellow with the graduation cap - or is he a teacher perhaps?

My picture was drawn freehand as the sizing was a bit small for my project. You can of course trace your picture and if you have a photocopier you can adjust the sizing to suit.

My drawing

Draw your picture
Draw your picture

After drawing the picture I then traced it on to the rock using carbon paper and a stylus.

My picture includes a book and the raised wing represents the owl waving 'good bye'. Perhaps you can see the owl that inspired my creation?

Black Carbon Mill Finish Paper, 8-1/2 x 11-1/2, 10 Sheets
Black Carbon Mill Finish Paper, 8-1/2 x 11-1/2, 10 Sheets

Old fashioned it may be but carbon paper works well in craft...not just with an old typewriter!

Carbon is not quite as easy to come by these days so this pack is a handy size. The paper can be used over and over - just make sure that you vary the parts you use.

 
Darice Broad Point, Double Ended Tracing Stylus
Darice Broad Point, Double Ended Tracing Stylus

This is like the stylus I used to transfer the design on to the stone. You place your design on top of the carbon paper and trace the lines with your stylus.

 
transferring the picture
transferring the picture

To make sure that I have at least one good stone completed for Natasha I prepared two. This shows the result of the picture transferred using the carbon paper.

Finishing Touches.

You can place a little glitter on your artwork if you like. I wasn't sure whether to add glitter but did in the end. I thought it might add a bit of sparkle to his eyes!

To protect your picture on the stone finish with a varnish. This will prevent the art you have created from rubbing off. I just dabbed a little varnish to my finger and rubbed it over the front then let it dry.

Add a message
Add a message

Add a Message!

With a fine waterproof permanent marker I wrote: "Reading is a hoot" and wished Natasha happy adventures.

When using this it is best to write on the stone once it's been varnished as the paint may prevent it from writing again!

When Heather writes on her stones she writes on the front but I think she has better printing skills than me so didn't want to spoil the effect.

The thought behind the message is still the same though.

Delta Creative Protect Exterior/Interior Varnish (8 Ounce), 70028 Gloss
Delta Creative Protect Exterior/Interior Varnish (8 Ounce), 70028 Gloss

Give your artwork that extra protection with varnish. This popular brand will do the trick.

 

Painting rocks or stones is a quick and easy art. Do you think you will do it?

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Completed!

Stone Owl
Stone Owl

My Artwork

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The Flame Lily (Gloriosa Superba) - National flower of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe.Chrysanthemum.My OwlGlass fired pendent.
The Flame Lily (Gloriosa Superba) - National flower of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe.
The Flame Lily (Gloriosa Superba) - National flower of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe.
Chrysanthemum.
Chrysanthemum.
My Owl
My Owl
Glass fired pendent.
Glass fired pendent.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Well done SoundFinance! Enjoyed reading and visiting your lens. I can remember doing this project as a youngster; gathering, cleaning, applying the artwork and then sealing the flat stones. Good memories and times. Appreciate you sharing your lens. Thank You for stopping by my Vegan Brownies To Die For lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you Have a Great Day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great gift ideas. Must have a go when I have time

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I love painted stones, I will get a few nice ones and I will start my art works.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Well done. I still have stones with bears painted on them that I got as a souvenir on a family trip to the Smokey Mountains as a kid.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I remember having a pet rock when I was younger. I've also seen lots of "painted" rocks throughout my travels. Great lens.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Your owl is so sweet! What a great idea to sketch it first then add via carbon paper. I've painted on rocks but do the sketching on the rock and I can use all the help I can get!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautifully done! Great idea.