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Painting rocks

(28 Posts)
H1954 Mon 06-Apr-20 01:06:11

Has anyone painted any rocks, if so what medium did you use? I would quite like to have a go but don't quite know where to start. I know I could Google the subject but I'd really appreciate some first hand experience. Thank you GNetters

Namsnanny Mon 06-Apr-20 01:25:25

Well I have done it, but in a very ad hock and amateur fashion!

I used whatever paint I had available and varnished it afterwards.

I didn't check out any web sites but that's a good idea.

Oopsadaisy3 Mon 06-Apr-20 07:52:13

Look on Pinterest, there are some amazing painted rocks on there, people use all sorts of mediums. I used acrylic paints

Daisymae Mon 06-Apr-20 07:56:51

I paint rocks using acrylic paint. I usually base paint white as it makes the colours brighter. I also use a hairdryer to dry layers. I then spray with a varnish as it brings up the colours. They can go outside and will last for a year or two.

Daisymae Mon 06-Apr-20 07:57:43

You can get some good tutorials on YouTube

H1954 Mon 06-Apr-20 20:40:35

Thank you GNetters, I'm not a fan of Pinterest tbh, I find many of the sites charge a fee but I'll certainly look on YouTube!

Oopsadaisy3 Tue 07-Apr-20 17:31:52

I’ve never been directed to a site that charged a fee for painted rocks and stones.

rosenoir Tue 07-Apr-20 18:24:29

Where I live people paint rocks and hide them around the village for children to find and keep or re hide, this was before the virus.

M0nica Wed 08-Apr-20 17:02:01

Our village has painted rocks all round it, all thanking the NHS

BlueBelle Wed 08-Apr-20 17:11:45

I use acrylic too
There’s a few houses I ve done in the past

Daisymae Wed 08-Apr-20 17:23:49

Bluebelle - lovely paint! Might have to have another go.

Callistemon Wed 08-Apr-20 17:30:20

Lovely Bluebelle
What kind of varnish did you use?

I have done some very amateur looking ones in the past using acrylics.
Then I saw some outstanding ones at a Country Show and thought I wouldn't give up the day job.

BlueBelle Wed 08-Apr-20 18:44:46

It was just a craft varnish no idea of the name though
I did them for all my friends last Christmas
Some elephants

H1954 Wed 08-Apr-20 20:24:18

They are beautiful BlueBelle, you are very talented!

BlueBelle Wed 08-Apr-20 21:16:07

Ahh that’s very kind I wish I was they re quite simplistic to be honest

Oopsadaisy3 Wed 08-Apr-20 21:44:04

I wish we had a like button!

Grandmafrench Wed 08-Apr-20 21:49:22

BlueBelle they're gorgeous. Take a bow !

Evie64 Wed 08-Apr-20 22:20:40

I use glass paints as that's all I have in the house at moment, but I used to paint rocks a lot and used acrylics and then varnished. The glass paints are okay but acrylics are better.

CocoPops Thu 09-Apr-20 03:49:26

Awesome Bluebell

BlueBelle Thu 09-Apr-20 06:43:44

Well thank you so much I just do them to give a tiny bit of fun away I really aren’t that clever I m in awe of some people efforts though
I think glass paints are a bit thinner aren’t they evie
Are there any other pebble painters who can put a pic up I m feeling lonely
I m sure I remember someone showing a really beautiful animal painted some years back but I can’t remember who it was

Quesera Thu 09-Apr-20 15:15:27

I painted some to be left on the trail of a memorial ride for my husband, a keen mountain biker. If you do Facebook, there’s a good group on there, Love on the Rocks, which has mini tutorials too.

Gemini17892 Thu 09-Apr-20 15:18:28

Bluebelle. You rock !

They are lovely.

Carillion01 Thu 09-Apr-20 15:31:29

Like Oppsadaisy I used acrylic paint then varnished. Have only involved myself in this project once before after my dgd inspired me. We made our painted stones into the nativity, ...Baby J, M, J, Angel, three shepherds, three kings and stable animals plus the star. Put them in straw in a decorated shoe box and gave them to people we loved for Christmas.
15 stones in all ...all from the beautiful sands surrounding Lindisfarne. Xx

BlueBelle Thu 09-Apr-20 16:55:16

They re brilliant quesera really clever I love the two bike ones

Oopsadaisy3 Thu 09-Apr-20 20:28:19

I’ve only got one left, I gave the others away. There should be a pic here