While working up some pages and Creative Tidbits for our Designing Women special I discovered the art of painting stones. I had no idea it is such a popular and wide-spread practiced art and craft. Although searches bring up literally millions of images, it is not a new art. It's one that's been practiced for thousands of years. Here are just a few of the highlights we found.
- Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
- How to paint rock mandalas
- Meditative Mandala Stones
- The Art of Stone Painting
- Cindy Thomas Rocks
- A gallery of pages and samples
Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
Great uses for rocks: throwing, skipping, kicking -- how about painting?
Rock painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression known to man. The varied surfaces, shapes, and sizes of rocks also make them perfect for crafts.
From brooches to bookends, paperweights to place cards, miniature owls to patterned pebbles, you can create just about anything with the right rock and a bit of imagination. In Rock Art!, visual artist Denise Scicluna provides inspiration and advice for rocking our artsy side with dozens of projects for bringing pebbles to life with personality and style
Rock Art!: Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble by Denise Scicluna
Take a look at this sample page see how fun it is
Cindy Thomas makes ordinary into extraordinary
Cindy Thomas is a virtuoso of hand painted rocks - crafts, ideas, and tips to inspire creativity, delight the heart, and bring a smile to your face. She writes :
Rock painting enables me to create one-of-a-kind, endearing objects for people of all ages and walks of life from an unexpected material found all around me in southeastern Colorado - rocks and stones.
I’m recycling an ordinary item into something extraordinary.
Make sure you don't miss Cindy Thomas YouTube Channel
Cindy Thomas, Rock Painter
see lots of Cindy's work
Meditative Mandala Stones
Used for centuries across different cultures and religions, a "mandala" is often used as an aid to meditation. The earliest forms of this art date back to the Stone Age where it is said they were used to represent nature's cycle and were, of course, found on stone!
Meditative Mandala Stones kit will teach you to draw both ancient symbols and modern mandalas to alleviate feelings of stress and foster your creativity You will learn to create spiritual mandalas, nature inspired mandalas, animal mandalas, and so much more! This kit includes: 2 large river stones; 4 metal calligraphy/drawing tips -- wooden holder for the metal drawing tips
Meditative Mandala Stones: Create Beautiful Designs while Relaxing and Focusing Hardcover by Maria Mercedes Trujillo Arango
This will give you an idea of the scope . . .
Kristin Uhrig : How to paint rock mandalas
Kristin Uhrig shows you where to purchsed perfect rocks for painting when you don't have access to rocky beaches or river banks. Then, I will demonstrate five different dot mandala painting patterns on stones using rainbow colors. Dotting tools are from Traveling Kindness Rocks and can be purchased online.
Then, she demonstrates five different dot mandala painting patterns on stones using rainbow colors. Dotting tools are from Traveling Kindness Rocks and can be purchased online.
YouTube Video : How to paint rock mandalas
Check out Kristin's YouTube Channel
The Art of Stone Painting
Transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide. Popular stone artist F. Sehnaz Bac, a seasoned archaeologist who markets her painted Sassi dell’Adriatico (Stones of the Adriatic) on Etsy, presents step-by-step instructions for creating 30 fantastic designs. Full-color photographs accompany directions for painting themes that range from trees, flowers, and animals to mandalas, geometric patterns, holiday motifs, and more.
Starting with the basics — including finding and choosing stones as well as tools and materials — the guide offers a variety of techniques, including painting stones with colors or inks, painting on natural stone, and sealing the finished work. Projects range from simple to advanced and include suggestions for indoor and outdoor display, as well as instructions on how to style wearable objects such as pendants. A complete selection of templates provides motifs for every project as well as ample inspiration for developing your own designs.
The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity by F. Sehnaz Bac
Don't miss Sehnaz Bac's YouTube Channel . . .
Now enjoy some full page samples excerpted from the above
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