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:
St. Tammany 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!