A week of little projects

rock painting

rock painting

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.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D.
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 21:16:58

    Fun projects! The two tiles on the far left with the flowers and vase both look really great! They have the best definition. The others are nice, especially the leopard, but those left ones are really standouts.


  2. lesliepaints
    Feb 28, 2013 @ 20:48:35

    Thank you for posting this. It is something I would like to do with my Granddaughters. I have the paint. Is it just called gloss sealer if I go looking for it at the art store? Please advise?


    • ruthsartwork
      Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:02:19

      I researched some on the net before I did this and decided on Delta Ceramcoat gloss exterior/interior varnish. It is water based and I just brushed it on with an old brush. Easy cleanup and quick dry time. And no smell. I bought an 8 oz bottle at Michael’s for about $5 (with a 50% coupon). It took some searching for because it wasn’t where I expected it to be so you might ask. I like the way it gave a wet look to the river rock and brought out its color. It looked fine over the acrylics too. At the usage rate it will last a LONG time unless you are using some really big rocks. LOL


      • lesliepaints
        Feb 28, 2013 @ 21:14:47

        Thank you, so much, for getting back to me on this. I will get some. Just know that you have probably spawned great times spent creating this summer with the three girls. I can see them each collecting and painting!


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