One of a Kind Painted Rocks
Creations by Delia...
I enjoy painting on small things, like Rocks....and again One of a Kind Painted items.
If you've been to my one of a kind painted Easter Eggs page, you would see that I enjoy painting small...when I'm not painting small, then I am painting large murals, up to 20' x 16'.
Yep, call me crazy!
The rocks have been a fun thing to do, making a great gift item, although not worth what you get paid for the time spent in painting them.
Some rocks have been up to 12" however I find the challenge to be rewarding on a smaller object, the smallest being barely a 1" pebble.
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Small pet rocks popular this year, these rocks can be carried in your purse or pocket. I have done over 100 of these tiny rocks, they are actually harder to paint then the larger ones.
Paintings of animals and pets on 1" - 2" rocks
I started painting rocks many years ago when Lin Wellford's wrote a book on it. Looking at rocks and their shapes, incorporating a painted animal to match, there wasn't a place I went to that I didn't bring a rock home, from Germany, Austria and every state I have visited, even going shopping the landscape rocks could not escape my interest.
Above are the smaller rocks approximately 1" to 2" diameter. They all have been sold, one of a kind featuring mostly animals or personal pets, even two pets on one rock.
Medium sized Rocks - about 3" to 4"
These medium sized rocks sold well at local Stores and Fairs...only problem was, they were also easily stolen off the table.
I did well on commissions of this size, they made great paper weights or for ornamental purposes.
Painting a variety of Zoo animals on Rocks - Check out this Book
Commissioned Pet Rocks
It doesn't have to be a Pet!
Lizard with color is a fun rock to have...Fish on a rock, swimming in a rock pond...Frog hopping around.
Horses on Rocks - All breeds including foals
Of course I will have horses on my rocks! After all they are the main subjects that I paint.
In this photo are a variety of sizes of rocks with different breeds of horses, including foals. I wasn't very smart about eBay at that time, after fees and shipping costs I actually lost money...but that's how you learn.
Big and heavy painted rocks...
Here again large rocks used for door stops or decoration in a garden.
The cat rock I kept, and the dog rock sold the minute I put it on display...I had another one that was huge with a racoon on it.
Most of these rocks have been sold either through a store or on the internet. I have many of these in different parts of the world.
Too bad these rocks are so heavy for shipping, but if there is a request and the person is willing to pay, Hey I'm game!
Three dogs on one rock
This large rock was a gift for a friend, she had three dogs, and they are all featured here...all the dogs are gone now, but she can still enjoy them on this painted rock.
Heart shaped rock - 1- 1/4" sized rock
This particular heart shaped rock was painted for the friend above who I painted the dogs for, this one was for her mother.
My friend asked me, can you paint on this 1.25" heart shaped rock I found? I said, yes what would you like? she replied, well, can you paint my mom and dad walking hand in hand in their woods? I answered, is that all? ha ha
I can't believe that I actually did exactly what she wanted...she gave it to her mom in memory of her father that had just passed.
I also painted a lampshade for this friend, she wanted their Barn and House on it, it was also a challenge since the shade had a shape that fluted out and I had to compensate to make everything look in perspective, even the cows.
Rooster on tiny rock
Ok don't ask why... I just saw this tiny rock and had to paint something on it!
It had a good feel to it, and this is what the result was...a tiny rooster.
A Tiny Rock
It would not be complete for me if I did not paint at least one Jesus rock...this was done for an Easter gift.
Made for ECAN Fundraiser
PetsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Raccoon - the largest rock I have painted 9" tall 12" long 8" wide
Do you have any painted rocks? - if you do...
what kind would that be?
Commission of Penny...Rock size med.lrg 5.5"
Instructions on Painting Rocks
Everyone has their own unique way of creating art, so I will share some of my tricks that I use.
Some of the rocks that I like painting on are unique in shape, by that I mean I can see the actual image I want to paint with the texture of the rock.
Other rocks are more simple, they are round and smooth, so my instructions are for the round and smooth shapes..
* 1. Look for rock shapes and sizes
* 2. Clean by brushing and washing, allowing to dry thoroughly
* 3. Laying out the image with a white or dark pencil, according to the shade of the rock
* 4. Using the small detail brush for the tiniest details
* 5. I use acrylic paint, I lay down the first color either dark or light depending on the color of the rock
* 6. As the layers of colors come from either dark to light or light to dark I finish off the details
* 7. Sealing the rock with a clear varnish or spray sealant...let dry thoroughly
* 8. Then I go back and paint more finalizing details, especially the whites and highlights, seal and dry again
Remember, the smaller the rock, the harder to paint the details...this is were pricing is difficult, people think because of the small size it should be cheaper, but no one really has an idea how much time and work goes into these miniatures, especially for a commissions of likeness.
The large rocks have to have good bottoms to sit well, and not fall over. The smaller ones are easier because you have choices in shapes, and that's what's fun for me because of how I incorporate into the shape, this allows me to paint the animal with a form.
The less porous or less rough the rock the better, in other words smooth rocks are better.
Try painting your first rock with the image of a bug, like a Ladybug, and get the feel...you'll enjoy it I'm sure.
Best of Luck painting Rocks!
This VHS can get you started on rock painting...
Hand painted rock art
Tape and or books on Rock Art
Created on 03/27/2010
What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb