Thursday, March 28, 2013

Painted Rocks: My Process for Creating Butterfly Kitty Cats


painted rocks, kitty, cat, eyes, Cindy ThomasMy creative juices started flowing the other day when I spied several flat, oddly-shaped stones in my rock pile.

The shapes and natural colors of these stones seemed ideal for painting half of a cat's face. The goal was to keep it simple with one eye-catching feature - the cat's eyes!


First, I traced the stone shape on a piece of paper and sketched my idea to see if it would work.

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The initial design sketch


I was pleased with the effect and started painting my kitties with these two simple features:
  • A pinkish nose
  • White whiskers highlighted with gray

Because I was leaving most of the stone unpainted, I wanted my focal point to be each cat's eye.  I chose yellow, green and blue eye colors and added more detail to this specific facial feature for each kitty cat stone.

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The eyes are the focal point on these painted stones

I liked the result and when I placed the two larger stones next to each other, I had an "Aha moment." Why not create a complete cat's face? I used my graphic viewer and flipped a 2nd image of the painted stone to complete each face. The kitty cat became symmetrical on both sides like a butterfly.

As you can see below, some stones worked better than others when creating a complete face.

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Butterfly Stone Kitty Cats

It was a fun surprise to see each kitty's face after the original and flipped image were combined.

Ideas
  • Find stones that closely match in shape and size and paint left and right sides of the face. Then mix and match for funny kitty faces
  • Glue a half-face stony kitty to a stick and use for a bookmark or plant accessory
  • Instead of leaving the stone's natural color, paint the rock black, white, calico, etc. before adding the nose, whiskers and eyes.
  • Place a half-face kitty stone strategically in a garden so it looks like a cat is hiding among the greenery.
  • Use this technique with other critters also - e.g., owls, dogs, bunnies. 

 A PURRfect solution for oddly-shaped stones!

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