After enjoying a frozen yogurt treat on a sunny day I stumbled upon a brightly colored rock that looked very out of place. It’s as if it had jumped onto my path. The front had a Seahawks design and on the back it had written on it “#kitsaprocks”. So I took a look on Facebook and discovered a group called Kitsap Rocks. After joining the shear number of creative, inspiring, and fun rocks that people were making, hiding, and finding was a little overwhelming. As people make/hide them and find them they post on there and many use #kitsaprocks. I thought it would be fun to make a few of my own. A vase of rocks I had gathering dust was destined for more purpose than that. After purchasing a few supplies I got started.
I planned to create a series and decided on a theme – Mother & Baby. I haven’t painted rocks since I was a kid, so I thought it better to start by drawing it on paper first, then sketching it onto the rock with a fine paint marker and beginning the process of adding details. I found paint markers worked best for me because they paint fairly smooth and dry quickly. I can still push the nib down on a piece of paper to pull out more color and then mix colors as needed with a fine paintbrush. I took a few photos on my phone during the process as this was helpful in coming up with a technique for myself. When they were all completed I sprayed them with sealer to set the paint and give it some weather proofing (it is the Pacific Northwest after all). Soon they will be hidden and I hope if you find one I see the post about it!
I’ve been photographing babies for a long time and this was another way to be creative with that concept, by making little pieces of art on little pieces of mother nature. Everyone has their own style and apparently I prefer whimsical illustration rather than too realistic. I hope you enjoy!
- Pencil & Paper
- Smooth rocks
- Two Loew Cornell Paintbrushes (#2 Round, #1 Liner)
- Krylon 18200 Clear Sealer (Mine said Indoor/Outdoor and is a matte-like finish)
- Liquitex Professional Paint Marker Fine
- Montana Acrylic Paint Marker Fine
- Montana Acrylic Paint Marker Extra Fine
The Montana fine pens can come in a set HERE
Liquitex pens do as well, though only bright colors and for skintones I preferred choosing my own.