Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Simple Rock Painting Idea for Polished Stones



My problem: Polished stones are difficult to paint because of the smooth, slick surface. (The paint doesn't want to adhere to the stone.)


My simple solution for some of the prettier, polished stones like the group pictured above:

 
Polished Stone Kitties


How to Paint Kitty Cats on Polished Stones


My supply of polished rocks included small stones with a perfect shape for a cat's face, as well as larger, colorful stones to use for the body.

Step 1: Choose a large and small stone that closely match in color. (Small triangular or round stones work well for the face; round or oval shapes work well for the body.)

Step 2: Glue the small stone onto the large stone using E-6000 glue (or similar craft adhesive).

Attach the face stone to the body with E-6000 glue

Step 3: After the glue has dried, use 3-D fabric paint in various colors to add simple details for the face and body.


3-D Fabric Paint


Add simple details to the face and body

Step 4: To keep the paint from flaking off the stone(s) you'll need to seal the rocks:
  • First coat: Mod Podge (an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish)
  • Second coat: Delta Ceramcoat Varnish (to avoid stickiness of Mod Podge in high humidity) 


Sealer 1: Mod Podge - Sealer 2: Delta Ceramcoat Varnish

Note: I prefer to use the brush-on sealers pictured above. It is possible that Krylon clear acrylic spray sealer may also work.

Tips
  • Before gluing the polished stones together, sand the area where they'll be attached. This will help the glue adhere better
  • Apply the glue to each stone and wait approximately 2 minutes before attaching the stones together
  • Press the stones together for a few minutes to make sure you have a good hold. (Be watchful of the stone sliding rather than adhering.)
  • You can use a brush instead of the 3-D paint tip for applying the details. This may give you more control on smaller stones  


Ideas
  • Tie a ribbon around the cat's neck
  • Add a little bell on thin elastic around the kitty's neck
  • Use this idea for painting other critters on polished stones
  • Display your painted stone pets in little baskets or bedding

Painted Rock Pets

A PURRfect solution for polished stones!



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