I felt like painting today, but not something intricate. I had recently seen some painting on rocks and thought, like the gift tags, that might provide just a fun afternoon off. We have a lot of colorful river rock left over from building the house that are a nice variegated pink or a dark blue-green, so it didn’t take long to find an attractive substrate. I had some acrylic craft paint left over from a lamp painting project I finished years ago so I used those. The palette was limited but it seemed to go well. The major problem was my brushes. They were on the old side and I didn’t have as much control as I wanted. I’ll have to buy new ones before I do it again. Gloss sealer brought out the stones’ colors, just as if they were wet. The sheen made it a little bit difficult to photograph but here they are. They are only about 1″ x 2 1/2″ but they were fun and fast to make. They can be used as paperweights or just a little decoration. I think I like the one on the left the best.
I made up the rest of the tile coasters last week – and I still think I need help. Although I believe that one of the problems I had was that the transfers were a bit too large, I am still having a bit of trouble with the adhesion. The two animals and the vase and daisies look the best but the edges of the other two are still loose. Maybe when I pour on the sealer they will improve, but so far I am not happy enough with the process to sell them. Over the next few days I am going to try and put that on so we can try them out.
I also spent a few afternoons making more tags for the Indianapolis store. Some may be suitable for the cards, but I will probably wait to make them until I sell some in my etsy store. I’ll wait to see what I need. So you can see, it has been a week of a lot of little projects.