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One of a Kind Painted Rocks

Updated on September 24, 2017
copyright (c) Delia Pacheco
copyright (c) Delia Pacheco

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 Rocks

Itsy-Bitsy rocks, less then 2 inches copyright (C) Delia Pacheco
Itsy-Bitsy rocks, less then 2 inches copyright (C) Delia Pacheco

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

1" - 2"
1" - 2"

Starting out years ago!

Painting rocks started many years ago when Lin Wellford wrote a book on the subject.

I started looking at rocks in a different way, and noticing their shapes, colors, texture and size. No matter where I went, I always noticed them... even when going shopping, the landscape rocks could not escape my interest.

The variety I saw, I started to think about incorporating a painted animal to match. Honestly, there wasn't a place I went to, that I didn't bring home a rock or pebble. All the way from Germany, Austria and every state that I have visited.

Above are the smaller rocks approximately 1" to 2" diameter. They were enjoyable to paint. From One of a Kind featuring mostly animals or personal pets, even two pets on one rock.

About 3" to 4"

sleeping dog and cat rock
sleeping dog and cat rock | Source

Sizes at Stores and Fairs ...

These medium and small sized rocks, sold well at local Stores and Fairs...only problem was, they would disappear easily off the table...well I do hope they got enjoyment from them

Commissioned Pet Rocks ...

medium sized rocks pets
medium sized rocks pets

Lizard, Fish and Frog etc. ...

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Lizard RockFish RockFrog rock
Lizard Rock
Lizard Rock | Source
Fish Rock
Fish Rock | Source
Frog rock
Frog rock | Source

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.

All breeds including foals ...

Horses and a variety of animals on rocks
Horses and a variety of animals on rocks | Source

Yes, there are horses!

Of course I will feature horses! After all, they are the main subject that I feature in my art creations.

In the photo here, we have a variety of rock sizes with different breeds of horses, including foals.

When first starting this form of art representation .... I listed on eBay. But, I wasn't very smart about eBay at that time. After fees and shipping costs, I actually lost money...but then that's how you learn ... a lesson indeed!

Big and heavy ....

Large for door stops ...

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!

Gift ...

Commission - three dogs painted on a rock
Commission - three dogs painted on a rock | Source

Three dogs ...

This large one was a gift for a friend who had three dogs... they are all featured here...all the dogs are gone now, but she can still enjoy them on this painted rock.

Heart shaped pebble - 1”1/4 sized ...

walking hand in hand
walking hand in hand | Source

My gift to a friend ...

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 pebble 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.


3/4" rooster rock
3/4" rooster rock

Itsy-Bitsy Rooster pebble ...

Ok, don't ask why... I just saw this tiny pebble and had to paint something on it! This was a challenge for myself. It had a good feel to it, and this is what the result was...a tiny rooster.

I’m always looking for heart shaped of pebbles or rocks to paint...I love the challenge!

Of Jesus ...

Jesus rock
Jesus rock

Another Tiny pebble ...

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 ...

Pets ...

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Muskie and Theo...My cousins Budgies on one rockCat & kittensFox & ChipmunkCat & toy 1” size ... grandogs Logan & Ginger
Muskie and Theo...My cousins Budgies on one rock
Muskie and Theo...My cousins Budgies on one rock | Source
Cat & kittens
Cat & kittens
Fox & Chipmunk
Fox & Chipmunk
Cat & toy
Cat & toy
 1” size ... grandogs Logan & Ginger
1” size ... grandogs Logan & Ginger

Raccoon - the largest rock I have painted 9" tall 12" long 8" wide ...


Do you have any painted rocks? - if you do...

Pit Pull Dog Rock painting
Pit Pull Dog Rock painting

what kind would that be?

See results

Commission of Penny ... size med.lrg 5.5"


Instructions on Painting Rocks ...

My method!

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 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 surface.

* 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 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 detail for a commissioned one of a kind 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 my image into the shape, this allows me to paint the animal with a form.

The less porous or less rough they are, the better, in other words smooth is better.

Try painting your first one with the image of a bug, like a Ladybug, and get the'll enjoy it I'm sure.

Best of Luck painting!

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

© 2010 Delia


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      Delia 2 years ago

      Thank You for your kind words...I also enjoyed the Raccoons, especially the rock shape I used.

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      mythbuster 2 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      The raccoons are my favourites shown here - awesome! :) All the paintings are attractive here - I just favour the raccoons. Thanks for sharing your creations and writing about painted rocks to let others see more examples for this interesting and eye-catching hobby. I'm sure these will make excellent, unique gifts - if people decide to get into this as a hobby.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      These are beautiful - you're incredibly talented!

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      Loved your painting on rocks, they are so beautiful. Excellent lens!! A treat for the eyes.

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      acreativethinker 4 years ago

      These painted rocks are so lovely and creative. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      Your artistry, skill and level of detail are amazing!

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      Mommie-Moola 4 years ago

      These are awesome!

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      Amine 4 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      Great ideas for rock painting, i never get to see such fabulous collection like yours, i really would like to own a big rock painted by forrest theme or some nice flowers like tulipe or sunflower

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      susan369 4 years ago

      Wow, this is incredible! Never heard of rock painting before! I could probably only manage some blobs and call it abstract! You're so talented!

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      Diane Cass 4 years ago from New York

      I really need to pick up my paintbrushes again. I used to paint rocks all the time when I was a kid. I haven't done it in many years. I think I need to bring a little bit of whimsey back in my life. Again...thank you for another inspiring lens.

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      Wow they look really pretty!

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      PaynesGrey 4 years ago

      Fabulous! I love the Racoon too!

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      Paul Lenton 4 years ago from El Calafate, Argentina

      Simply Amazing!

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Oh I LOVE your raccoon! He is so cute! How much do you charge to do commissioned work?

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      Denise McGill 4 years ago from Fresno CA

      Obviously you do have rocks in your head. You also have great vision. I'm not sure I could paint small these days without a magnifying glass or two. Beautiful work!

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      Rock Artist 4 years ago

      I love your work, it's beautiful!

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      A really helpful lens...

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @Boyd Carter: I'm so glad you like my lens. I do hope you visit more of them, as they are a bit unusual..thanks for kind the comment!

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      Boyd Carter 4 years ago

      Delia, another lens for my granddaughter to visit. You have some of the most interesting lenses I've seen on squidoo.

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      RoSelou 4 years ago

      I love collecting rocks. I am now thinking to start painting it just like yours. You are an inspiration to me to make my collection more appealing.

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      sponias lm 4 years ago

      You are an excellent artist! Thank you for your tips!

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      Ataraxia1 4 years ago

      Your rock painting are awesome. I am sure you have heard that a million times, but they really are so beautiful.

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      SquidQueen 4 years ago

      This is truly amazing! I love how these rocks look like, besides the fact that you really have a very nice and interesting lens here... I've already shared this on my website and I wish you good luck with this! :)

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      grrbtn 4 years ago

      Your rock painting is brilliant, and I can see why smaller rock paintings would be more costly to buy, with the amount of work that goes into them.

      Thanks for sharing your passion for art with the rest of us

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Your art is amazing. The tiny work takes very good eyes and very steady hands! I loved my visit to your lens. I love pets, animals and rocks. And I love to paint. I have never thought about painting on rocks before. You have opened up a world of new possibilities for me!

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      tonyaalves3 4 years ago

      OMgosh! I have not seem nothing like this before, and I have 4 pet dogs. Very beautiful work.

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      These are amazing! I got a little teary-eyed looking at all of the sweet little creatures you've painted. This is definitely your calling.

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      Legenden 4 years ago

      Beautiful, just great! :)

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      paynui 4 years ago

      This is brilliant and so clever. Thanks

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I love what you have done on all these rocks. They are all so realistic and 3 dimensional. I often thought about doing them, but felt they would be too heavy to be taking to shows

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      So very beautiful!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are so beautiful! You are very talented, very gifted.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I wish I were that talented. I might be able to paint a smiley face on a rock :). I love heart-shaped rocks.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Your rocks are beautiful. I have one of a painted row of townhouses in Newfoundland.

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      akurtzd 4 years ago

      Nice lens, I love painted rocks. We have one with a water mill on it that sits in our sunroom.

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

      Wow, I really admire your great ability! I paint rocks too and they are NOTHING like yours. I can paint a mean ladybug! ;o)

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      Char Milbrett 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Amazing! Very realistic... great work!

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      That is soooo amazing that you did all these rocks yourself you are one gifted woman of God :)

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      Delia 4 years ago

      @gatecube123: thanks for commenting...but I'm sorry I don't quiet understand the last part of your comment...

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      gatecube123 4 years ago

      Delia, I think this is really innovative to have rock paintings. I too want to have one for my show piece. You are not giving it, i will some stuff on amazon

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      These are so cool!

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      Your work is gorgeous. I have never seen rocks painted with just detailed images. Wow!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I remember painting rocks with my son but nothing this beautiful and detailed. Your painted rocks are truly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      Your paintings are beautiful, I love them.

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      geosum 5 years ago

      Fantastic. Love them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your painted rocks. I too paint rocks. I also look for the shapes in the rocks to follow and make a folk art face. What a great way to pass time.

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      pigwear 5 years ago

      Love the raccoon! Wish I had the talent to do something like this.

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      Carpenter76 5 years ago

      Wow! They are beautiful :) Very talented, I enjoyed watching them

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      Stuwaha 5 years ago

      This is something that I have to try. I've never seen painted rocks that looked so pretty. Usually they're tacky and abrasive. Thank you for sharing your method and your work! :)

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      I have to say, you are a great artist! Blessed :)

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      Unique and Cool Painted Rocks!

      Thanks for sharing with us :)

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      moneyrat 5 years ago

      These are really cool !!!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      These are AMAZING! I used to paint rocks with my grandmother when I was growing up. She found great smooth rocks from Colorado every year that she would bring home to paint. Great memories!

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      SandraWilson LM 5 years ago

      I am amazed by these. Love the raccoon.

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      Mech 5 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      These are just adorable. You are amazingly talented and you should do more of this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure enjoyed looking at these amazing creations again....I don't recall the raccoon an am mesmeried!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These look really great. You have a great imagination and great talent.

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      anitabreeze 5 years ago

      I love this lens! I also paint on rocks and have all of those books by Lin Wellford. Nice to meet a fellow rock painter!

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      artmarks 5 years ago

      Just WOW! This is something great. You got a lot of talent and I think you should continue to do what you are doing now. Great job and I must say that those painted stones are just amazing!

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      hungry-deer 5 years ago

      Hello, I must say God did gift you very much, it is such a talent and what and amazing idea! My family loves stones (we have been collecting them all over coutntry :-) and what a unique and nice idea it is. My favourite it the heart shapep one with trees on. But the raccoon is amazing too!

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      TonfaGuy 5 years ago

      Amazing talent.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @tvyps: I just featured this lens on my pastel drawings lens in the sidebar.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Believe it or not, I used to do these. I also used to paint buildings on bricks. They were more folk art style but were fun. I have a lens on pastels with some of my art work. Blessed.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      Those are seriously amazing.

      Blessed ;)

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I am so amazed! I'm trying to wrap my mind around all of the coordination and talent that it must take to paint such beautiful and detailed pictures on such a small surface. Fantastic lens!

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      Linda Hoxie 5 years ago from Idaho

      These are so unique, I love them all...especially the pets on their beds, so cute! Blessed!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Back for a visit - love these!

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      lilpixiedust 5 years ago

      You have very great skill. I enjoyed your arts. I don't think I can paint, but I do like to draw sometimes.

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      flowski lm 5 years ago

      You are a very talented artist. I can capture things with my camera but I can't draw or paint at all, nice work.

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Delia, your rock paintings are absolutely gorgeous! My father-in-law used to paint beautiful rock paintings, nearly always of animals, and yours reminded me of his (although you are far more talented - shhhh!!!) ;) Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Your rock paintings are beautiful and very impressive. Great lens, too.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      You are great collection of painted rocks, you are such a great artist. They are really one of a kind.

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      What a nice hobby. Thanks for the information!

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      KyraB 5 years ago

      I like to paint rocks too, but I need to keep practicing mine do not come out as nice as yours do. I enjoyed seeing all the rock paintings, thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Never saw painted rocks like the ones in the lens

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      diy_fun 5 years ago

      Had never seen such beautifully painted rocks! Especially cats and dogs! could make a memorable gift for dog lover!

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      Annbulance2000 5 years ago

      Beautiful lense. Very talented. You have a great affinity with animals and the rocks that you paint. Do you think the rock calls out the image to you? Or do you choose the image and then look for a rock? Whichever it is an inspiring gift.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      These are absolutely beautiful. The details are really something. I like the ones with the pets in their beds. I'd love to see my dog on a rock. She used to collect them and had a favorite one. She could smell a rock under the soil and dig it out. You can imagine my yard when she was a pup.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      My dear, I am always fascinated by your talent and personality! Thanks for being YOU.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      @LaraineRoses: You are too kind! Thank You!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Your art work is exceptional! I would like you to add this lens to my, "Artists and Their Art" Lens. Any of your other lenses featuring your art will be welcome also. Angel Blessings**

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I have tried painting small rocks with simple flower themes. Yours are very beautiful!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I collect Raccoon stuff - I love the three Raccoon rocks! Wow! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      anooptu 5 years ago

      i saw this kind of stuffs in human history. Your lens force me to go back............

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      They are beautiful, You must have a lot of patience too. Well worth your time though. Beautiful

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      wealthy-reviews 5 years ago

      Great lens, beautiful painted rocks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Enjoyed seeing your artwork. Very nice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of my favorite pasttimes as a child, I used nail polish.

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      You have a wonderful eye for detail! Great page! Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would love to get my pet painted on a rock please email me!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi I would like to get a pet painted on a rock for my garden please email me

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens and terrific art! Thanks for sharing.

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      Call me ignorant, but I had no idea this type of art even existed, thank you so much for sharing!

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      secondhandrose lm 6 years ago

      You are a wonderful artist.

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      iMorpheus 6 years ago

      This is fantastic! Especially the horses on rocks.

      P.S. You have art in your head that makes tiny rocks look wonderful :-)

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Adorable little paintings - I very much admire your creativity. Your creations are a living proof how much you love what you do! :)

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      your head''s full of the love of animals! You surely had a knack for selecting the rock for the job.

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      cadpad 6 years ago

      Beautiful work. I love the intricate nature of your painting.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      so talented...i wish i could create painted rocks, of any kind. thanks for letting us to know about this art.