Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How To Mod Podge a Napkin onto Rocks

I was saving a pretty napkin for a craft project and decided to try Mod Podging it onto a large rock. (I love painting rocks and stones but wanted a break from detailed painting.)

First, I cut a design from the napkin that would fit best on the rock.

Then I used a brush to paint a thin coat of Mod Podge on the rock and pressed the napkin design carefully onto the rock.

Next I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the design.

PROBLEM: I could not smooth the wrinkles from the Mod Podge-saturated napkin without tearing it.

So, I left the wrinkles/bubbles.

Napkin design Mod Podged onto large rock

Maybe less is more? I decided to use smaller designs and smaller stones following the same steps as above.

This time I was able to smooth the Mod Podge-saturated napkin without tearing it.

Napkin design Mod Podged onto small stones

SOLUTION: When Mod Podging portions of a napkin onto a stone, smaller is better

Tips & Ideas:
  • Look for pretty napkins with small designs that would fit nicely on small stones
  • Work carefully once Mod Podge is applied to the napkin design to avoid tearing
  • My fingers worked best for smoothing the napkin after the Mod Podge was applied
  • Once the saturated napkin has dried, you can sponge paint around the edges (like the 2 green stones pictured above on the lower right)
  • For no-skill-required painting, Mod Podge the napkin design onto a stone and apply paint over it (using the design as a guide) so the rock will now look painted rather than Mod Podged
  • Add a few paint strokes in strategic spots or use 3-D fabric paint strategically for added dimension and interest
  • For a child's party, buy extra theme napkins and Mod Podge them onto stones as a party favor

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

Friday, April 19, 2013

Painted Rocks: No Drawing Skills Required

I needed a break from detailed rock painting and created these colorful stones using an easy, no-drawing technique.

The only items required were a brush, some paint, masking tape, and, of course, stones.

I love to collect color palettes to inspire future rock painting projects. However, I often don't have the opportunity to try out the color combinations. (You can find beautiful color palettes here.

This simple, rock painting technique serves many purposes:
  • Method for trying out new color palettes
  • Easy project to undertake after time-consuming, detailed rock painting
  • Use for stones with no definitive subject in mind
  • Adds colorful stones to a give-away collection

You'll need:
  • Smooth, flat stones
  • Flat brush
  • Masking tape
  • Acrylic paint

Step 1: Use masking tape to section off a portion of the stone 

Step 2: Apply acrylic paint in your choice of color. 

Step 3: Once the paint is dry (you may need 1-3 coats), carefully remove the tape.

Repeat the process for each section you wish to cover with paint.

2 Sections have been completed

Geometric-painted stone with unpainted center section

  • Smooth, flat stones work best
  • Limit paint colors to 2-4 hues.
  • Make sure the masking tape is firmly pressed onto the stone so no paint leaks underneath.
  • Pull the tape off carefully after the paint has dried.
  • You may need to touch up some areas when tape is pulled off.
  • When painting between sections, a thin piece of masking tape can be used to section off the area. This will minimize the risk of removing paint from a dried section.

  • Embellish your geometric stones with dots, dashes, floral vines, etc.
  • Leave a section of the stone unpainted
  • Paint stones in flag colors of your country, sports team, etc.
  • Use metallic, glitter, or other specialty paints for a different effect
  • Mod Podge a saying, pretty flower, etc. onto the stone

No drawing skills. No problem. You can still have fun painting colorful rocks and stones.

Embellished geometric-painted stones

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

Thursday, April 11, 2013

St. Andrew Art Show/Auction Features Nativity Scene Figures Painted on Rocks

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania will be holding their annual Spring fundraiser "The Raising of the Green" on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

This nativity set painted on decorative stones will be part of the art show/auction.

Painted Rock Nativity Set

The Raising of the Green art show/auction will benefit the children at Saint Andrew the Apostle School.

The auction will be held at the School Hall on the Saint Andrew School campus in Waynesboro, PA on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at six o’clock in the evening.

Treat yourself and enjoy live classical cello and mandolin duo and hors d’oeuvres.

Live art auction and auction preview open to all: advance entrance fee is $10 per person, or $20 at the door.

Tickets are available online or at the school, 213 East Main Street, Waynesboro.

Preview other artwork included in the art show/auction and/or visit St. Andrew's Facebook page.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

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

Update: I used the brush-on sealers pictured above for the cats pictured. Since the time of this post, I still use Mod Podge as a first coat, but I now prefer Americana Duraclear Satin Varnish for my second coat.

  • 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  

  • 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 no-sew bedding

Painted Rock Pets

A PURRfect solution for polished stones!

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks