In yesterday’s Cupid’s Arrow Doormat post, some of you may have spied these two little glittered heart painted rocks tucked amongst the front porch decor….
I love me some painted rocks, and I must say that I am obsessing over the glittered ones even more! Painting rocks (and using them mainly as door-stops) was something I started doing in college, when I was broke but living by the ocean where there was an unending supply of nice, smooth, wave-worn rocks to collect and use for whatever I could possibly turn them into. This was like 15 years ago, people–where the heck has the time gone!? In more recent manifestations, these painted rocks have been moonlighting at the Farmhouse as bookends, mantel decor, garden markers, and hostess gifts. They are so easy and inexpensive to make that I thought I’d better share the tutorial.
During the holidays, I made a set for my front porch decor that never actually made it into a post:
My text-transferring method for the rocks is one and the same as for my Hand-Painted Signs. You start, of course, by finding yourself a decent rock. The smoother the surface, the easier it will be. Design up your words, letters, or shapes on the computer, and print.
Cut each word (or design) out, and then heavily color the backside of it with a grease pencil.
Scotch-tape it where you want it on your rock of choice, and then trace the design, pressing firmly.
You should get a pretty well-transferred image if you slathered the grease pencil on there thick enough.
If you’re adding glitter, sprinkle it on before the paint has much time to dry.
I must confess that I simply free-handed these hearts….nothing wrong with winging it now and again!
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