One other cool thing I found on the beaches of Lake Erie were smooth, flat stones. they make great ‘canvases’ for painting. Now, before you click off this page, thinking you are not an artist, neither am I, but with a few simple techniques, you can create a beautiful stone picture for garden or mantle. Remember think Monet, not Michelangelo.
You will need:
a flat smooth stone
several colors of acrylic paint, lt, med and dark green, light blue, white, one or two other bright colors, some med. brown and dark purple
a flat brush, a scrunchy brush, a fine line brush and a toothpick. A scrunchy brush is an old round brush that has been about used to death, it will have uneven bristles and be a little stiff.
Using your flat brush, dab on some spots of the medium green paint to make you land scape. do this by dipping the tip of your brush into the paint and then dabbing off much of the paint so you get a stippled effect when you push the very end of your brush onto the stone.
Just worry about the outline of your land at this point, we’ll add depth and highlights later.
Do the same thing with the light blue for the sky, then add just a few dabs of white to make clouds. With the sky, once you have your paint in place, wipe off your flat brush and brush the sky LIGHTLY to blend the sky. You’ll notice I left some of the stone showing through.
Next, I decided I wanted to put an arbor into my picture, using the fine line brush, I made two thin lines and a top line resembling an arbor shape. then I took a VERY FINE line of white across all three lines for highlights.
Now we are going to add some shadows (depth) and highlights to our green areas, Using the scrunchy brush, dip into the dark green paint, and pounce most of the paint off the brush.
Then fill in just a few places over the medium green paint by dabbing the very end of your brush on to it.
Next we highlight in the same way, using the scrunchy brush and the light green paint – go easy on the highlights, only add a few.
Now to add some flowers for color and interest.
Use the fine line brush and just dot on bright paint to form tiny flowers, I used yellow and then put a few white highlights in on top.
Using the brown paint and a very thin brush, use tiny strokes to add some wood to resemble bushes and trees in your land scape. They are a little difficult to see in the picture above, look at the lower left corner of the stone.
I decided to put some grapes on my arbor. Using the dabbing technique, put just two or three dabs of dark green paint along the side and top of the arbor. then use a toothpick and dot on some grape clusters using the purple paint.
Look at the Masterpiece you created!
You can add a name or printing if you like. Allow it to dry and then give it a good coat of spray sealer to protect it. This would make a cute gift for someone’s garden.
You can paint anything from scenery to animals to cartoons on these flat rock, making them very personal and unique!
Give it a try, it’s so easy and you will love the finished product.
Let me how yours turns out!