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Painting Rocks - Cats & Dogs
Painting on Rocks - Paint Cats, Kittens & Dogs on Stone
Painting on rocks is easier than you think. Animals make really good subjects to paint on stones and, by following step-by-step instructions, you can produce gorgeous painted rocks to give as gifts or even to sell.
My favorite things to paint on rocks are cats - when at rest, their lovely rounded shapes are simple to transfer to the 3-D form of a large round pebble.
I started by painting houses and cottages - they are a good introduction to rock painting; if you can draw a childlike picture of a house on paper, the you can do the same on a rock.
This Hub showcases some of my painted rocks and provides links for you to find more information about painting on stone.
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Best Rocks For Painting Animals
The best sort of rocks for painting animals are rounded and smooth. We are lucky to live close to some beaches with the perfect cat, dog and even owl rocks.
If you live in the UK, be aware that you are not allowed to take rocks from beaches (which belong to the Crown). This is mainly to prevent people stealing trailer-loads for their gardens. As the supply of beach rocks is constantly renewing, the odd one does find its way into my beach bag. And it is the odd one too - those things are heavy!
Otherwise, many garden supply centers will stock large pebbles and you may get them from a rock supplier or quarry too. Shallow river beds are also a good source, but make sure you have permission.
The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks
My first painted rock cat
First rock cat I painted - he is big! The camera flash is reflecting off him a bit, which alters his color slightly.
I used the step-by-step guidance given by Lin Wellford in her book, "The Art of Painting Animals on Rock". I have included a link to the book right here. Lyn has a whole selection of books on painting rocks. Check them out.
Painted Rock Kittens & Puppies
Well, one puppy rock to be precise...
Kittens are perfect subjects for painted rocks, they are just the right shape. Look for oval rocks with one end slightly higher and rounded for the backside.
You can start really simple and add more detail as you become more confident with your techniques.
Materials Required for Painting Animals on Stone
- Rounded Rocks
- Acrylic paint - Hobby paints are just as good as the more expensive kinds, being the right consistency.
- Brushes - Synthetic brushes are best for acrylic paints. Keep your precious sables away from rocks unless adding very fine detail.
- An old plate - to rest the stone on. You could get a lazy-susan but a plate works just fine.
- Saucer or palette - for mixing paint.
- Paper towels
- Spray varnish - to protect your finished rock. With several layers of protective varnish, your painted pet can live happily in the yard among your flowers and shrubs. However, if your weather is harsh in winter, then bring your pet babies inside.
Painted Rock Resources
Useful pebble painting links:
- How to Paint Rocks
- Pet A Rock is a really good resource with free and paid-for e-book tutorials for painting pets on stone.
- Design Swan
- Suzie Chua's Universal Stones & Arts Painting Suzie is inspirational and has several e-book tutorials for sale.
- Cissi Hanners
- Ann Kelly
- Hand Painted River Rocks by Elvira Garcia
- SuzyBug: Whimsical Stones
Painting a Cat on a Rock Tutorial
My detailed step-by-step tutorial will show you how to paint a cute cat on a rock, from choosing the right shaped stone, to transferring a photo, to the finishing touches. Illustrated with 30 photographs.