Find a rock with a smooth and/or flat surface. A rock with lots of pits or angles will be difficult to transfer a pattern onto.
Even though this rock has pits, the pattern transferred nicely because of it's flat surface.
Find a photo or pattern you'd like to paint on your rock. If the photo or pattern is larger or smaller than your rock, that's OK.
|This pattern was taken from "Stained Glass in an Afternoon" by Vicki Payne|
Measure the width and height of your rock. You'll need the dimensions to adjust your pattern so it fits nicely on your rock.
Copy OR scan your pattern so your original is not damaged.
- If you copy your pattern on the printer, you'll need to play with reducing or enlarging the image so it will fit nicely on your stone
- If you scan the image, you can insert it into a drawing program and resize the image using the rock's measurements to find a good fit, then print the page
Place a sheet of graphite transfer paper on top of your rock with the waxy side down. (If your rock is dark colored, you'll use white graphite paper. If your rock is light colored, you'll use gray or black graphite paper.)
Place your pattern (face up) over the graphite paper. You can use masking tape to secure the pattern and graphite paper to the rock so it doesn't slip while you're tracing the image.
Trace around all the lines of your image using a stylus or pencil.
Remove the pattern and graphite paper and paint your rock.
|Pattern transferred onto the rock|
|The rock after it was painted and sealed|
© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks