My 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.
|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.
|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.
|Butterfly Stone Kitty Cats|
It was a fun surprise to see each kitty's face after the original and flipped image were combined.
- 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!