And yes, this is a thing.
I started this new hobby back last Fall and I just love it. I posted about it here on my blog and said that I was in for $41.50, well, I’ve kinda lost track as to how much I’ve spent to date 😀
Something that I learned just by chance is that if you go to your local home-improvement store, ask if they will mark-down the price on any bags of landscape rocks if the bag has been opened. I found a HUGE bag of River Rocks for only $5, yes, FIVE DOLLARS for half a cubic foot of very pretty stones. If you decide to use these types of rocks or look for them in the wild, make sure that you wash them very well. I have an old dish brush and a small bucket that I use. So far, I’ve painted about 50 of those rocks from that sack of stones and still have plenty left.
At the local “dollar store” I found a good sized bag of assorted googly-eyes and sheets of stick on sparkles. A little dab of Super-Glue and there you go. Pinterest has been a great resource, but the faux-gems are my own idea. I also have a shaker-bottle of glitter that I’ve tried out too. I apply it while the paint is still wet, or after giving the rock a coat of Mod-Podge, either technique works fine.
But I learned the hard way, do not forget to give each Painted Rock a spray of Acrylic Clear Coat to make your master piece waterproof. I forgot that on one, left it at our Post Box, it was still there after a coupla days, so brought it back home and doctored it. 😉