A butterfly & lightening bolt in pointillist style
So my painted rocks have been very popular around here this summer. You can see the previous rocks here or here or here. The neighbor kids requested a few more rocks and they are really so much fun to paint that I had to acquiesce. I had a request for a butterfly and a lightening bolt. Without any additional delay, behold the painted rocks!
I started by painting my black circle on a clean and dry rock. I traced a butterfly and painted that white. Then I added the dots. The hardest part for me is to not drag my hand through the wet paint.
There are some amazing artists out there in the rock painting world and I know that they are able to paint perfect circles. That is so not me on a whole host of levels so I use the back of paint brushes and toothpicks to create my circles.
This little butterfly rock worked up in just two sessions. It usually takes me quite a few more than that but this one just cooperated for me. I was able to paint the layers right on top of the previous ones.
It rarely happens that a project just works up so easily for me, of course, then the next one gave me all sorts of trouble to make up! This was so much fun to create. I think that I find these colors happy so I have so much fun painting in them.
On to the lightening bolt. this little guy gave me so much trouble. It is fairly simple but I had a hard time working with the “lightening bolt” as a general concept. In the end, I think that it worked out but it was no easy journey.
This rock started with the black base circle and then the shapes painted in white. I want to keep this rock pretty simple (for a crazy pointillist painted rock) so I kept with a limited number of colors.
After painting and drying, both rocks were given a healthy coat of glossy varnish. I do three coats on the tops and usually one or two on the backs. This should cover these if they are kicked out to the garden at some point. I will tell you that we have been painting rock around here for a few years and I never varnished any of those first rocks. They can still be found around our house, in the decorative rock or hiding in pots and most of them look like they did that first day. However, if you put a lot of time and effort into a rock I suggest that you varnish it. I may try out a matte varnish just to see how it looks. I do like the high glossy look but I might like something a little understated. Hey, it could happen!
I also add the recipient’s name on the backs of the rocks. That way no one can mistakenly make off with it.
The rocks were painted with simple craft acrylic paints that you can find in most craft stores. I am really drawn to paint by color and have no real brand loyalty. That is it for tonight’s post. Hope you enjoyed my painted rocks, I certainly did.