.·:*¨¨*:·.PAINTING ON ROCKS?.·:*¨¨*:·.
SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT:
Inexpensive liquid acrylic paints are recommended. They commonly come in 2oz plastic bottles found at local or online craft stores. Apple Barrel, Folk Art, Delta Creamcoat & Patio Paints are a few recommended brands (Patio paints are advertised as being weatherproof)
An array of inexpensive brushes in various shapes and sizes will come in handy. I find I mainly use a small thin script liner brush for the details and a flat shader brush or medium round brush to fill in the larger painting areas.
A sealer is recommend to add lasting durability and enhance your painting for items that will be displayed indoors or out. There are many good brands on the market. Mainly I suggest something that is non-yellowing and marked specifically for exterior use. For outdoor display, It has been my experience that harsh weather conditions will fade most painted objects over time. If possible try to place out of direct sunlight and not in overly moist areas. I also recommend resealing every year or two for lasting durability. Below are a list of some sealers that can be found in craft stores or hardware stores. I favor the brush-on brands and find they coat better without any fumes.
(available in Matte, Satin, or Gloss)
- Krylon crystal clear ...spray-on
- ColorPlace spray on sealer ...sold @ walmart
- Delta ceramcoat clear exterior varnish: brush-on
- Duraclear deco art exterior sealer (brush on)
Lastly and most importantly the rocks. Rock hunting for smooth rocks can be done at oceans, riverbeds, lakes & streams or purchased from local landscape supply companies and local home improvement stores in the garden department.
Preparing your rock:
It's important to wash your rock of any dirt and debris before beginning.
Next, I base coat my rocks with white paint to prepare it for my pencil sketch. This can be achieved by spraying on a flat white paint or brushing on white acrylic paint.
After consulting my reference pictures, I begin the pencil sketch of my subject.
Google image search, magazines, greeting cards, & family photos are good resources for locating images.
I then proceed to outline my sketch in black paint for more permanences and to aid in viewing my lines.
Take the old "pet rock" concept to a whole new level.
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