Monday, November 12, 2012

You'll never look at a rock in the same manner again!

I was cleaning in the basement and came across my basket of painted rocks that I use to use as examples when I taught painting to my kid and granny classes. I thought I'd share them with you today.

I have all of Lin Wellford's rock painting books. That lady literally rocks! I love all her creations and I love that anybody can paint on rocks. When I was teaching beginner painting, I found that rocks were a totally friendly medium to use. They were free and thus people were not intimidated if they made a mistake. Of course with paint, mistakes are simply painted sweat. Teaching rock painting gave my students confidence in their new skills and gave them the courage to try more conventional works of art like painting on canvass.

 I always started with painting turtles. The rock shapes for turtles were easily found and they are pretty basic. My kids and granny students alike loved starting with these.

Snakes were next on the list and my students chose the whimsical snake pattern or the realistic snake pattern. I'm not a snake fan, so whimsical it was for me.
The kids caught on quickly, so I always had extra projects for them to work on while we waited for those to finish the "class" project like the snake.
More ideas for extra projects.
These were the two rock examples I used to teach fur. First, we started with the hedgehog and then we progressed to the baby chick.
These two projects were specifically for the boys in the class. The girls of course could paint these too.
If I could find enough flat rocks, we painted fish on both sides of the rock. It gave practice to my students to line the painting from the first side to the second side of the rock.

When my students, had enough experience, they got to tackle a cat rock with all that lovely fur.
Then, we finished off the classes with a cow rock.

We used the Patio Paint brand paints that do not fade as quickly, if at all when put outside. It is important to note that before painting the rocks, they should be base coated with a spray primer called Kiltz. Now in Canada, we can no longer get that product, so currently I use Zinsser brand for all of my priming. It's a really sticky primer so that your project shouldn't peel. Of course the rocks have to be washed and completely dried before painting.

There are now other rock painting books besides Lin's. They all have their purpose. I still love her books the best, she's an awesome teacher and author. And no.....I have never met the lady.


  1. Your rocks rock! Thanks for sharing them.

  2. WOW Di .... You are ENDLESS TALENT. I LOVE all these painted rocks ... YOU ROCK BABY!!!

  3. Uh....oh yeah, I rock lolololol

  4. Hey!! They stole my line! But I'm gonna use it AND your rocks ROCK!!!! I like the hedgehog & baby chick...I would've skipped the snake class : ( !

  5. The detail is amazing. They are beautiful!

  6. Wow! Thank you for sharing these amazing and colorful beauties!