March 31, 2014 by bridgitgillis
We moved into a new house last fall and I am looking for cheap and cute ways to spruce up the outdoors for spring. There is a small flower garden outside our front window, so I decided to create some custom garden rocks to place among the flowers. We recently returned from a trip to Hawaii, so I chose some Hawaiian-influenced designs as well as my old favorite, owls.
I involved my preschool aged son by taking him on a rock hunt at the beach. We brought our treasured rocks home and began painting. For my rocks, I painted a solid color for the background first. Once it was dry, I penciled in my design, then painted it on. The internet is a great resource for ideas, and if you aren’t very artistic you could trace or stencil a design onto the rocks.
I used water-based acrylic paints for my rocks, which can be purchased at most stores that stock craft supplies. I let the rocks dry overnight then sprayed them with a water-based spray polyurethane to protect my art from the elements. Even if your art will be indoors, I recommend using some sort of clear coat to protect the artwork.
Embrace spring, go on a rock hunt, and get painting!