03.24.20 Kids LOVE painting and hiding rocks! All the skinny on how to do it!

I absolutely LOVE rock painting! If you know me you know this is a passion of mine! Sitting in my rock room painting rocks and listening to Christian gospel music puts me in my absolute best “Happy Place!”

If you have kiddos at home while schools are closed and throughout the summer rock painting is a great way to help them pass the time! Even my 5 year old granddaughter makes some really nice rocks! Since no one should be hiding rocks right now, the kids and you can hide them in your yard! They will enjoy it all from painting to hiding! If they don’t hide them, they can let them collect and hide them in the community when we all get back to our normal lives!

Some of the rocks I got recently at Smith’s Landscaping in Ponchatoula!

Rock painting awakens creativity in my brain. It’s simple to do and I love that I can reach out to others about God’s love and saving grace, and put a smile on someone’s face, spreading joy, and possibly brightening their day.

My friend Nancy sent me a picture like this in case of these adorable “chicks” I’d like to do these. I loved the idea and these little guys are my creations!

I’ve stopped hiding rocks until the virus spreading is over so please do the same with your children. No rocking hiding, just lots of painting and creating!

Lately I’ve gotten into decoupaging by applying napkins and wrapping paper to glass plates and trivets. I’ll write about that soon.

It’s a whole different thing than rock painting although I do a bunch of rock decoupaging as well.

Click on the word graphics below to get to each of the four parts of my blog about Rock Painting

PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE

PART FOUR


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10.19.17 OOOOH! Some one found our painted rocks

These are rocks I painted this past week!

October 19, 2018 – Several months ago I started collecting rocks.  I first collected them from our gravel road and then as we traveled I collected them from local streams that had a rock base and sides.

I painted and hid them in cities we’ve traveled to around the country.  The purpose is to bring a smile to the finders face and hopefully bring a smile to their heart!  When I paint a rock I put a typed message on the back of the rock.  I have four different sizes of messages to fit the variety of rock sizes.

The messages all ask the finder to post a picture of the rock on the Facebook group RVing Rocks.  There are Facebook rock pages for a lot of cities around out country.  I joined the Facebook rock group of the city we were traveling to next.

During our time in a city, we always hid rocks. I’d try to post a picture of the rocks that were hidden in that city and a hint of where.  I posted on both RVing Rocks and that city’s rock group.

As time has gone on we’ve seen more and more of our painted and hidden rocks posted as  on Facebook.  Sometimes I took a screen image of what the finder posted.  This first one had a comment in it that made me so happy.  Angie DePew made a comment below the photos that says (in case you can’t read the small print: “Their rocks are amazing.  We found one of theirs in our town of Summerset, South Dakota when they were in town!”

I am not sharing these photos just so you can see that folks found them.  Most of them have a comment about what it meant to them, or their child, or their parent to find the rock.  Those comments keep me painting more and more rocks!

You can click on any of the images to enlarge them.   Found in Old Town Colorado Spring, Colorado

Found at rest stop in Arkansas on Interstate 40

Found at a gas station in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Found at a rest stop somewhere!

Found at Wind River View Campground in Boulder, Wyoming

Found in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Found in Cottonwood, Arizona

Found in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Found in Pinedale, Wyoming

Found in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Found by Route 66 in Tucumcari, New Mexico

Found in Williams, Arizona

Found in Old Colorado City, Oklahoma

Found on Pikes Peak Road in Colorado

Some of the people that found them, now want to paint and hide their own!

Chip’s family came over Sunday afternoon with a bunch of Popeye’s chicken and sides.  Misty, Madisyn and I painted several rocks.

Here’s a few that Madisyn and Misty painted.  I kept most of them to spray a couple of clear coats on them before giving them to Misty and Madisyn.

Misty’s beautiful rocks!

Madisyn’s art work with two Grannie made.

Roy just purchased me a folding table that I set up outside in the shade of our awning.  All my paints, glitter, stencils, stickers, paint markers, etc. are all set up out there.  I stay inside a lot so this will help me get outside and enjoy this beautiful property we have. These old eyes of mine can see much better outside which can only help with painting rocks!

I think that’s enough about rocks!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

07.06.17 Looking for something for the kiddos to do this summer??? Happy 36th Birthday Chip Chauvin!!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Today is our youngest son Chip’s 36th birthday.  He’s getting old (ha ha) and we’re already old!! Happy Birthday Chip!

If you’re looking for something for the kiddos to do this summer and want to get them away from their video games and phones, try PAINTING ROCKS!!  I wrote recently about a lady who paints rocks and since that time I’ve gotten into it ALOT and spend time each day either looking for rocks, painting them or hiding them for others to find! I like the idea of being able to, in a subtle way, put a smile one someones face and maybe brighten their day!

For less than $15 you can put together a basic rock painting set of ACRYLIC paints. Here’s a photo of basic supplies and a few paint markers. Thanks Charlotte Emerson for letting me use your photo. She got all this, including the rocks, at Walmart.  What you see here was probably more than $15 but you absolutely can start out for that amount.

 Roy and I don’t do anything basic so our paint supplies have expanded way past that, but you don’t have to. This is our painting supplies not including the cans of spray paint!

First thing to note is that artistic skill is absolutely NOT a requirement.  I do ooh and aah at the really pretty painted ones I see, but whatever a child wants to create is just as fantastic!

I am including links to two Facebook group’s pages that have fairly detailed guidelines (remember they are not rules, just guidelines to help you get started) but if you don’t want to read all that here’s the basic guidelines as I know them:

  • Find or buy rocks from Lowes, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Dollar General or Walmart – if you find one out in nature, clean it really good and let it completely dry
  • Buy cheap or expensive acrylic paints, paint markers, glitter glue, glitter, stencils, paint brushes, clear spray paint and any other colors you may want.  I also use finger nail polishes that I have but don’t really like or use on my nails. Walmart has 95 cent white and black spray paints!
  • Paint your rock however you want to, being sure to add an inspiring message to either the front or the back, let it dry completely (like 24 hours) and spray two coats of clear sealer to protect the paint.
  • If you plan to post your rock to a Facebook or other group – we have a group on RVillage for RVing Rocks – you can put a message on it asking them to post a photo in that group of the rock when they find it.
  • Hide, in plain sight, your rock.  Be sure not to put it in grass that needs to be mowed or somewhere that it would be dangerous to get to.  Just use common sense in where you place them.
  • I kind of do what I want to do with mine since we’re never in the same area long with our RVing.  Just be safety conscious and have as much fun as you can with it!

There are general guidelines that people seem to be following somewhat that you can read at these three Facebook pages:

Montrose Rocks!

St. Tammany Rocks!

Culpepper Rocks!

This group doesn’t have guidelines but they are specifically for RVer’s so it’s one of my favorite groups!

RVing Rocks (for RVers – isn’t that so cool)

There are hundreds of Rock Painting Facebook groups.  You do not have to be part of a Facebook group to do this but it definitely adds to the fun!  The reason it adds to the fun is that when you leave your rock somewhere you put a photo on the Facebook group and a hint as to where it is located.  When someone finds your group, either using the hint or just stumbling upon it, they post a photo and you get to see it’s been found.  They can rehide it or keep it!  This part is especially fun for little ones so if you find a rather crude looking creation it may be from a little one so be sure to post the photo!

I shared my rock painting hobby with my nieces recently and one of them and her daughter have started painting and hiding them in St. Tammany Parish (Louisiana).  I started saving photos of rocks that inspired me in a folder on my computer.  I recommend doing that!  Not that any of my rocks will inspire you but since you know I’m all into sharing photos, here are some of the rocks I’ve painted and photos of some of the places I’ve hidden them!

Please let me know if you get into doing this and share some of your rock photos with me.  They may show up on our blog for others to enjoy!!

This first photo are all of the rocks we gathered from Weaver Creek here in Arkansas today.  They were free though the gathering of them and hauling them back to the car was pretty rough for Roy and I!  But they were free! The next two photos are of Weaver Creek where we got all of these rocks.  It was so much fun! We were exhausted afterwards, but it was fun!

I’ve already painted probably 50 rocks and these are just a few.  I’m also showing where I hid them to help ya’ll along a little!  I’m still getting use to leaving rocks in public places so there are not many of those photos yet! This first one was inspired by my sister Harriett who suggested that I put “Turn Me Over” on a rock.  I love that idea and have done a few of those!

 

My granddaughter Kallie painted the front of this one when we were still in Louisiana.  It was hidden at a Walmart parking lot.  

 

 

  “God Loves You” can be written on even the tiniest rock.  I may even create some Trump rocks!  If you want to spread God’s love or a Christian message this is the perfect way to do it!   Here’s a big and a small one with Smile on the front and God Loves You underneath! Get as creative as you want and sleep well in the knowledge that you may have added some sunshine to someone’s day!

If you want to see plenty of rocks other people have painted (and some really spectacular ones) go to any of the three Facebook pages I included links to above.

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!  I’m going outside to play with rocks!

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