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.
Finding the challenge of painting on a smaller object, can be rewarding.
If you've been to my one of a kind painted Easter Eggs page, you can also see there 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!
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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 rocks with imbedded image shapes made me think about incorporating a painted animal to match The shape. 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 hard Because of size, but enjoyable to paint.
Pocket - Purse rock
Small pet rocks can be carried in your purse or pocket, making them popular. I have done 100‘s of these tiny rocks. These compared to larger rocks are actually harder to paint and take longer..
Paintings of animals and pets on 1" - 2" 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.
Lizard, Fish and Frog etc. ...Click thumbnail to view full-size
Door stop large...
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!
A special gift....
This particular heart shaped rock was painted for my friend’s mother. My friend found this 1“.25 heart shaped pebble. She asked, can you paint something on this heart rock? 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.
The rock featured above with the three dogs, also belongs to my friend. She then wanted me to paint on a lampshade. Her request was, their Barn and House on it. This was a challenge since the shade had a shape that fluted out, I had to compensate to make everything look in perspective, even the cows.
Heart shaped pebble - 1”1/4 sized ...
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!
Another Tiny pebble ... Jesus
It would not be complete for me if I did not paint at least one Jesus rock...this was done for an Easter gift.
Of Jesus ...
Different horse breeds including foals ...
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.
Made for ECAN Fundraiser ...
Pets ...Click thumbnail to view full-size
The difference in rock textures...
Smooth or rough, you can choose either one...but smooth is easier to Paint details.
Compare smooth and rough surfaced rocks
Textured Rock images...I paint in the textured image I see. A Maltese dog & the large rock 9" tall 12" long 8" wide...a Raccoon
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 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 should have flat bottoms to sit well, not to fall over. Smaller ones can be displayed differently, like on a small stand.
The less porous or less rough they are, the better and easier to paint.
Rough rocks can show character, but less detail.
Try painting your first one with the image of a bug, like a Ladybug, and get the feel...you'll enjoy it, I'm sure.
Do you have any painted rocks? - if you do...
what kind would that be?
Created on 03/27/2010
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