When I visit a used book store, it's an exciting adventure to discover new ideas and inspiration for my painted rocks craft.
I haven't found a book about rock painting, but I have discovered several titles with projects and ideas easily adaptable to rock painting.
|Books found on my first trip to the used book store|
|A Crafter's Book of Angels by Deborah Morgenthal|
This book contains Angel projects using fabric, paper mache, sculpting, paper, animals, florals, wood, tin, wire, and glass. I can use many of the patterns for these projects to paint Angels on rocks.
|Tole-Painted Outdoor Projects by Areta Bingham|
This book was a great find. Not only did it contain two rock painting projects, but it's a great resource for step-by-step Tole painting instructions.
Sketching a design onto the stone is an important first step of rock painting. I can always improve my drawing skills. How about you?
|Pencil Drawing by Gene Franks|
I discovered these wonderful books on my second excursion to the used book store. Learn what drew me to them.
|Books discovered on my second visit to the used book store|
Better Homes and Gardens Easy Bazaar Crafts by Joan Cravens
This classic from 1981 drew my attention because of a quilt pattern featuring cats in various poses.
|Better Homes and Gardens Easy Bazaar Crafts by Joan Cravens|
When I find a heart-shaped rock, I prefer to take advantage of the shape and paint a heart design. This colorful page drew my attention to this book about making heart gifts.
|Hearts - The Art of Making Gifts of Love and Affection by Juliet Bawden|
This is, by far, the best book I've "snagged" at the used book store - a step-by- step guide for painting fur, feathers, scales, eyes, ears, bills, muzzles, tails, feet, antlers, and horns.
|Painting Wild Life Textures Step by Step by Rod Lawrence|
- Wear comfortable clothing. I often sit on the floor while I flip through my possible book selections
- Visit shelves for the subjects you enjoy painting not just the arts and crafts section
- The subject areas (or shelves) where I have the most luck are:
- Art & Artists
- Arts & Crafts
- Get the most bang for your buck. Try to find books with several ideas you can adapt to rock painting
- How-to-draw and how-to-paint books are always a great resource
- Check with the staff. They may have seen something come in that has not been shelved yet
(All of the titles featured in this post are available online if you can't find it at a used book store and you'd like to have a copy.)
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