Painted Rocks

Painted Rocks

A butterfly & lightening bolt in pointillist style

 

Hiya!

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!

Butterfly Rock by Jennifer Miner
Butterfly Rock by Jennifer Miner

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.

Girly painted rock
Girly painted rock

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.

Rock painted with acrylic paints
Rock painted with acrylic paints

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.

View from the top
View from the top

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.

Painted by Jennifer Miner
Painted by Jennifer Miner

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.

Lightening Rock-5

I always wash my rocks before I start painting and then I try to be sure that they are totally dry before I start painting. Lightening Rock-4

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.

Lightening Rock-3

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!

Lightening Rock-2

I also add the recipient’s name on the backs of the rocks. That way no one can mistakenly make off with it.

Lightening Rock-1

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.

Papertrey Ink Inspired Chevrons

Good Morning!

I am at it again,  a week late for a challenge and unable to enter it into a contest. I am going to share it with you anyway – because I really like it and even if it isn’t entered into a contest I was still inspired by the latest Papertrey Ink releases. Here is the link to the Papertrey Ink challenge (here) and here is my inspiration. My inspiration piece was created by Lexi Daly. I love the colors and the simplicity. I love making over the top many layered cards but it is nice to take it down a notch. I love her chevrons and since I have the PTI set, Chevron Stripes it was an easy leap.

Chevron Stripes & Think Big Fav #3 from Papertrey Ink created by Jennifer Miner
Chevron Stripes & Think Big Fav #3 from Papertrey Ink created by Jennifer Miner

I started by creating the chevron panel. I used Distress Inks and the Chevron Stripes stamp set from Papertrey Ink. Since I used a repeating pattern I made sure to clean the stamps in between colors. I tried to use a light and dark value of each shade.

Jewel Tone Greeting Card
Jewel Tone Greeting Card

I trimmed the stamped panel and mounted it to a piece of burgundy cardstock and then to my white card base. I then inked up the sentiment, which is also from Papertrey Ink. It is from the Think Big Fav #3 set.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

My last step was to add the adhesive pearls. I love these colored pearls and I may have been hoarding them, maybe just a little. I think that they were perfect for this easy and sweet card.

Clean and simple card creation by Jennifer Miner
Clean and simple card creation by Jennifer Miner

That is it for this little baby. I am really going to try and get a bit ahead of myself for upcoming challenges but things around here are always crazy so it is possible that I will be behind some more. Anyway, thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed today’s card and you can find the materials list below!

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Burgundy Cardstock – UNK

Stamps: Chevron Stripes & Think Big Fav #3 – Papertrey Ink

Ink –  True Black Ink – Papertrey Ink (Sentiment), Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Broken China and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: Mini Pearls – Doodlebug Design Inc

Aloha to Summer Fun

Hello!

Today I have a really fun card for you. I am calling this card, “Aloha to Summer Fun.” I was inspired by last week’s Monday Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp which was Summer Fun. I am too late to enter the challenge but I wanted to share my card anyway,

Stamps from Waltzing Mouse  Stamps but now available from Gina K
Stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps but now available from Gina K

I started stamping the sunset square. I stamped the hut and palm trees using True Black Palette Ink and I then colored the sunset stamp using Distress Markers and then gave it a little spritz of water before stamping. I tried to overlap the markers so the color change would be gradual. I used a Corner Chomper to round my corners. Then I added a little bit of Vintage Photo around the edges. Next, I created the monotone background panel.

Aloha to Summer Fun
Aloha to Summer Fun

This panel was created by stamping the larger palm trees in Vintage Photo, rounding the corners and then getting serious with more Distress Inks. I used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. My next task was to great the mat for my sunset panel. I eyeballed the alignment and stamped the large palm tree in Vintage Photo. I also lightly stamped the Linen background stamp in Tea Dye over the palm tree.  Again with the corner rounding and Vintage Photo on the edges.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I used an oval Spellbinders Die to cut a white oval where I stamped the frame and “Aloha.” More Tea Dye and Vintage Photo to age this piece.  I then created the green mat. This was another rounded square with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink with a touch of Vintage Photo around the edges.  I assembled everything and added the scavenged ribbon and the Lush brads to complete the card.

Distress Ink and My Island stamps
Distress Ink and My Island stamps

While I hate that I didn’t get my post up in time for the contest I totally love this card. I turned out just as I imagined in my mind. My only wish was for a tiny pineapple stamp but other than that. Below you will find my materials! I hope you have a wonderful week.

Materials

Paper: Neenah Solar White

Stamps: My Island – Waltzing Mouse Stamps (Now available from Gina K), Linen – Stampin’ Up

Markers: Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized amber, Carved Pumpkin, Barn Red and Festive Berries Distress Markers – Ranger

Ink: True Black Palette Ink – Superior, Tea dye, Vintage Photo, shabby Shutters & Peeled Paint Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: Lush brads – My Minds Eye

 

Green & Gold Horse Head Sympathy Card

Hi ya!

Another distress/grungy card for you today. I found myself in the sad position of having to make another sympathy card for a dear friend that had recently and unexpectedly lost her horse. The recipient of this card has been one of my best friends and her horse was truly one-of-a-kind. I thought a lot about them while I create this card and I hope that it brought her some comfort.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

When we use to compete in Eventing, my friend’s colors were electric blue and neon green. I tried to incorporate that into this card, but with a grungy twist. I started with my horse silhouette and cut out the heart using my Silhouette Cameo.  To color the horse I used a collection of Tattered Angels Mists and Glazes along with a few Heidi Swapp and Dylusion’s Mists.  I was working to create an aged bronze look, which I am not sure I really got to, I still like it.

Green & Gold Sympthy Card
Green & Gold Sympathy Card

Once I had the head as I wanted it, I set it aside to dry. Then I went to work on the background. I used Distress Inks along with the Tim Holtz stencils Dot Fades and Rays. I tossed a little water on the background to create depth. I just love how the Distress Inks react to water. Once that was dry, I added more stamping with the Bitty Grunge stamp set ( from Tim Holtz) set and French Ledger both from Stampers Anonymous.  I then added Distress Ink over my stamping to give depth and add that grungy and distressed feel.

Distress Horse Card
Distress Horse Card

I the created the heart. I know you have seen this style of heart a few times on my cards but I just love the look. So, you’ll probably see it again. I colored the heart with Postbox Red Dylusions spray and  when dry I added Xmas Red Stickles. I allowed that to dry and then added a coat of Glossy Accents.  I gave the heart overnight to dry.

Close-up of the glitter heart
Close-up of the glitter heart

I created the sentiment tag using Papertrey Ink’s Mega Mixed Messages and a scrap of white paper. I added the Mark Richards gems and glued on the gold sequins. This completed the main part of the card and it was then added to a piece of teal cardstock.  I did also add a little ink to the teal cardstock for more gungy-ness. I was overall pretty pleased with the end result.

Green - Gold Horse-5

Materials

Stamps: French Ledger & Bitty Grunge – Stampers Anonymous, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Ink: Ground Espresso, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Teal – Bazzill

Mists & Glazes: Woven Burlap, Tattered Leather, Butternut Squash Glimmer Mists – Tattered Angels, Cowboy Glaze – Tattered Angels, Postbox Red & Pure Sunshine Dylusions – Ranger, Mustard  Color Mist – Heidi Swapp

Stencils: Dot Fades & Rays – Stampers Anonymous

Other: Xmas Red Stickles – Ranger, Glossy Accents – Ranger Teal & Citron Gems – Mark Richards, Sequins –  The Paper Studio

Thank you, as always!

Mandala & Nautical Thank You Cards

Mandala & Nautical Thank You Cards

 

Today’s project is a set of thank you cards that I created as a gift. My aunt writes the thank you cards for her local food bank and I thought that she might like to send out some handmade cards. She is herself, a wonderful card maker and is actually how I came to card making. There was, and still is, something so very special about receiving a handmade card. Working on multiples of the same card is quite a different process from creating one-of-a-kind cards.

I created two very different styles of cards; one nautical and one with mandalas. Let’s start with the mandalas.

Created with Mehndi Medallion Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink
Created with Mehndi Medallion Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink

I started by stamping the sentiment in the center of my card. I placed an oval cut from scrap paper over my sentiment and then stamped the medallion images over the top.  These images are from two sets; Mega Mehndi Medallion and Mehndi Medallion Mini Stamp Sets from Papertrey Ink.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I used Grape Jelly Memento Ink, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks. Each card is slightly different but have an overall similar look to them.

Gemtone Mandala Card
Gem tone Mandala Card

Once the inks were dry, I added Stickles. I just had to add a little bit of shine to these. This added just the right “pop” to the cards. Once the glitter was dry I mounted the stamped panel a piece of Orchid Opulence cardstock.As you may know, I really have to “stop” myself when it comes to adding glitter, sparkle, or gems to cards.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I love the way the colors and glitter came together on these cards. The are a nice contrast to the nautical set that I also created.

Thank You Set-7

For this card, I started by stamping the anchor using Versamark and Chipped Saphire Distress Ink in the center. I will admit that I normally just “eyeball” my stamping but since this was a fairly simple design I felt like it needed to be more accurate. I marked the center of each panel before stamping and I was really glad that I did.  I then embossed the anchor with Navy embossing powder from Stampin’ Up. Next came the silver rope, this was stamped with Versamark and then embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

I stamped the sentiment below using Chipped Saphire Distress Ink. This was then added to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. At this point, it looked a little plain. So I added the 1/4″ strips of navy cardstock above and below.

Ocean Bound Stamp Set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.
Ocean Bound Stamp Set from Waltzing Mouse Stamps.

This was just the right touch. I tried a few other options but the strips of cardstock were just right. I made 12 of these and 13 of the Medallion cards. When you are making multiples of cards I think that it is important to create a project that can be repeated without too much hassle. I usually work in an assembly line style, but not always. I like to have to have a safe place to put your cards to dry, which sometimes means that end-up taking over the dining room table. Lucky for me, my family is used to my projects creeping all over the house.

Thank You Set-8

I had a really nice time creating these cards and I hope that they bring a smile to the recipients. Thank you for stopping by today!

Materials

Anchor Thank you

Stamps: Ocean Bound – Waltzing Mouse Stamps &Thank You –  Wordsworth

Ink: Chipped Saphire Distress Ink – Ranger & VersaMark – Tsukineko

Paper: Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up & Neenah Solar White

Other: Navy & Sterling Sliver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up

Mandala

Stamps: Mega Mehndi Medallion & Mehndi Medallion Mini – Papertrey Ink & Thank You – Wordsworth

Ink: Grape Jelly Memento, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks – Ranger

Stickles: Peacock, Crystal, Glam Pink & Purple – Ranger

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Orchid Opulence – Stampin’ Up

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Chicago Cubs Birthday Card

Party Like it’s 1908

 

My husband asked me if I would make a very special birthday card for his dad this year. You see my father-in-law is from Chicago and is a diehard Cubs fan. If you follow baseball, you know that the Cubs fans are probably the most loyal fans in all of sport. This type of request was a little out of my normal style so I looked around the internet for awhile and didn’t find too much out there so a little fiddling and experimentation produced this card.

Special Birthday Card - for a Cubs fan
Special Birthday Card – for a Cubs fan

I relied heavily on my Silhouette Cameo for this project. Each element started as white cardstock and I used Distress Inks to add the color.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

My internet research led me to a fantastic map of Chicago which I printed onto white cardstock. I added Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink. The ink from my printer smudged when I did this but I think that it added to the overall look.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

I then created the additional elements. I purchase the baseball shape from the Silhouette Online Store. I colored the ball with Tea Dye and Antique Linen and the stitching was colored with Festive Berries. The red is actually a full circle and the ball pieces were applied on top. I found the baseball bat and base online. I stamped the bat with Stampin’ Up’s Hardwood background stamp in Walnut Stain and then applied Vintage Photo. The base was colored with Pumice Stone and Weathered Wood. I was trying to give each white item a different look.

The background is a vintage amp of Chicago
The background is a vintage map of Chicago

I used the font Ball Park to create the sentiment on the front. The offset feature in the Silhouette Software is great for adding a shadow to your wording or shapes.  I used Festive Berries and Antique Linen for the sentiment.

My last element on the front was the Cubs logo. Once cut, I colored with Candied Apple and Festive Berries for the red, Blueprint Sketch, Broken Chine and Mermaid Lagoon for the blue and then Antique Linen and Vintage Photo for the background.

All this was adhered together and it was time to start the inner panel. The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908, which as you know is some years ago. The Chicago fans are ever hopeful that “this year” might be the year they break the streak. I saw this quote on the web and knew that it was just right!

Inner panel of the card
Inner panel of the card

I created the two mats first by applying more Distress Ink to white cardstock. The red was the same as the front, Candied Apple and Festive Berries and the blue was created using Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch.

I used my Silhouette software to create the wording and printed that out. This is the Ball Park font again.  I aged this panel with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I place an oval of paper over the wording to keep from smudging it too much with my ink blending tool and to give the panel a pop. Lastly, I added the blue pin striping with a ruler and Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker. Everything was adhered and added to a large card base.

Close-up of Cubs card
Close-up of Cubs card

This card is 5″x7″ so it fit in a large envelope. I even managed to get this to the recipient on time! I hope that you enjoyed our journey today!

Materials

Ink: Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Pumice Stone, Festive Berries, Tea Dye, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China & Tumbled Glass Distress Ink – Ranger

Paper: Nennah Solar White

Other: Blueprint Sketch Distress Marker – Ranger

 

 

 

Crocheted Amigurumi Hedgehogs

Meet Harper Hedgehog & Her Sister

Hi All,
Today I am sharing these darling little-crocheted amigurumi hedgehogs. These little darlings were so much fun to make! They have found a home here at our house but I certainly think that I will whip up a few for gifts down the road. The little purple one was going to be a gift but there was a request to keep it “in the family,” so she lives here with her wild sister.
Mild & Wild Crochet Hedgehogs
Crochet Mild & Wild Crochet Hedgehogs

I followed a pattern from Red Heart Yarn, which can be found here.  The sample was created with Lettuce and Fruit Punch yarn from the Red Heart With Love line. I actually purchased the colors used in the pattern, but you can see that they were not what I ended up making the hedgehogs with. These things often take on a life of their own, as I am sure you know.

Made with Red Heart Yarn
Harper Hedgehog & Her Sister crocheted with Red Heart Yarn

The little purple one “Mild” was made with Medium Purple Red Heart Super Saver and Waterlily Red Heart With Love.  I stitched the faces with black embroidery thread. I split the thread into three strands, versus working with a full thickness.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Hedgehog crocheted by Jennifer Miner

The variegated yarn makes the spikes look so complex but they weren’t hard at all. This was a well written and easy to follow pattern.

Happy Hedgehog
Happy Hedgehog

I might consider using plastic eyes on the next one. My face embroidery skills aren’t that great. I think that I need a little more practice embroidering on crochet, it is harder then it looks.

"Wild" Crochet Hedgehog
“Wild” Crochet Amigurumi Hedgehog

The yarn for this little “Wild” hedgehog was selected by my daughter. I am sure you would not have guessed! The spines were done in Blacklight Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and the body was completed in a scrap yarn I had on hand. I wasn’t sold on the colors but they are fun and give this little creature a very clear personality.

Spines made with Red Heart's Blacklight Yarn
Spines made with Red Heart’s Blacklight Yarn

Again, the face on this one was hand embroidered with DMC embroidery floss. My daughter was very excited to get this little gem. As per the pattern each “hog” was stuffed with polyfill.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Harper Hedgehog Amigurumi Crocheted  by Jennifer Miner

These were so much fun and I hope that you enjoyed seeing them today. We are getting geared up for the school year here so things are a bit crazy. I hope that you all enjoy the end of your summer!

Paper Mermaid Crown

Birthday Crown for a Mermaid Birthday

Hiya!

In June, we helped celebrated a 3rd Birthday. The theme was “Mermaids” and since we had already done a mermaid party at our house we were able to lend decorations that I had made for our party. I had made a party crown for my daughter and while I still had it; I decided to create a new one for the birthday girl. I found a darling paper crown on Pinterest and thought, “I can do that.” Enter my handy dandy Silhouette machine.

Close-up of the glitter seahorse
Close-up of the glitter seahorse

I started by creating the purple crown base. For this I purchased the crown shape in the Silhouette Store. I tweaked the crown in my software because I wanted a slightly different shape. I cut this as large as I could on a piece of 12×12 glitter cardstock. While glitter cardstock can be a challenge to cut this wasn’t very sturdy so I cut another copy in plain cardstock. I used my QuickDry glue to adhere these together (as seen below).

Mermaid Crown - backside
Mermaid Crown – backside

My next step was to cut my little starfish. I basically did the same thing as the crown; one layer in glitter cardstock another in plain cardstock. I went ahead and glued these to my crown. You can see from the above photo that I sandwiched the crown between the two layers. This was just to give a little additional support.

Mermaid Crown - Created with Silhouette Cameo
Mermaid Crown – Created with Silhouette Cameo

Next, I cut out the rosette, this was another Silhouette Store purchase. this was cut out from Pearlescent  cardstock. Next I used my Tim Holtz Sand and Sea die to cut out the seahorse. I used glitter adhesive to cover it with teal glitter. In the photo the glitter seahorse is really close to the color of the rosette but in person they weren’t quiet as close. If I’d had a little more time I would have made it again in a different color.

Oh the glitter; a little girl's dream
Oh the glitter; a little girl’s dream

Next, I added the extra large eyelets for the ribbon. I had these in my stash but I really wanted to find silver and I absolutely no luck. I guess that they aren’t in vogue right now. I guess I should be glad that I had these.

Close-up of the gem border
Close-up of the gem border

Next, came the gems!! Thesecame straight from my craft stash. You can find big boxes of these coordinated by color at your local craft store. I used the QuickDry glue and also added some little pearls. I tied the crown about head size as I applied the gems and let them dry this way. The glue is pretty flexible but it made me feel better.

Large starfish detail
Large starfish detail

I also added a few silver details using my Stickles. My last step was to add the ribbon and that was it.  This was so much fun and I was happy to be taking on only a very small part of the party.

Have a wonderful Friday!

 

Nessie Shaker Card

Hi yall! This is my very fist true shaker card. I have totally seen these everywhere but I just hadn’t taken the time to actually create one. Per usual, this card was made under the gun of a birthday party. I don’t always run my life ‘last minute” but it does sometimes happen and this summer seemed to full of little moments like this. The reality is that I could at anytime decide that I didn’t have enough time and get something from the store. Maybe there is some part of me that gets a kick of creating a card in under 30 minutes.

Either way, here is my very first shaker card.

Loveable Legends from Lawn Fawn by Jennifer Miner
Loveable Legends from Lawn Fawn by Jennifer Miner

I started with my front panel, that I die cut with a circle from Spellbinders. I did this so I could be sure to get my Nessie in the center of my circle. I placed the front panel over my background and stamped my Nessie using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Isn't Nessie so sweet - here to wish you a happy birthday
Isn’t Nessie so sweet – here to wish you a happy birthday

Next I colored my Nessie with Copics. I also made sure to get her background colored in and to extend beyond the circle. I also stamped and colored my from panel. I also added a touch of sparkle by covering my green lass with clear Wink of Stella and Stickles to the water splashes.

Shaker card filled with micro beads
Shaker card filled with micro beads

Next, came the creation of the window! I cut a piece of acetate just larger then the circle and I adhered this down and made sure it was well adhered.

Card featuring Copic Markers and Lawn Fawn stamps
Card featuring Copic Markers and Lawn Fawn stamps

At this point I was ready to create the partition that holds the micro beads. I used foam tape around the window and also around the perimeter of the card front. I filled my well with my beads an adhered this to the card front. There were only a few beads that escaped and for a first time I was anticipating much worse. This whole thing went on to a green panel and then to my card base.

Inner drawing
Inner drawing

Above you can see the art work my daughter added to the card. Below you can see her hiding behind the card as I am trying to get photos before it heads out the door.

Micro Beads and a cutie Nessie Birthday Card
Micro Beads and a cutie Nessie Birthday Card

I added a tiny touch of pink around the edges of the panel just for a little something.

Nessie Shaker-8

This was a really fun card and high impact for the “turning 6” crowd! I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Materials

Stamps: Loveable Legends – Lawn Fawn

Copic Markers: G02, G03, G05, G07, G19, B32, B24, B000, BG05 & BG02

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento – Tsukineko

Extras: Wink of Stella – Clear, Firefly Stickles – Ranger, Peacock Glitter Glue – Recollections, Clear and Blue Micro Beads – UNK

Paper: Neenah Solar White & Lime Green – UNK

 

Octopus Painted Rock

Acrylic Painted Rock – Pointillist Octopus

Good Morning!

As you may remember from my post about the heart rock I painted, I had a request for a new rock for my daughter.  She really wanted me to paint a t-rex  on her rock  but I explained that a t-rex is perhaps beyond my skill set. So, she selected an octopus, which is much more conducive to a rock painting. Well, here is our octopus: I went with a pointillist style for this project and in the requested colors of pink, teal and purple.

Acrylics on rock - Pointillist Octopus
Acrylics on rock – Pointillist Octopus

This is by far the largest rock that I have painted; and this presented a few challenges. It can be hard to hold a heavy rock and paint with a steady hand. I used an empty cup to hold it which worked better then me trying to hold in my left hand and paint with my right. However, it still cause so issues since it would only sit in a few ways without falling over.

To begin, I painted the top 2/3 of the rock with several coats of black paint. I then created an oval template for the central image. I traced this onto the top of the rock and gave that a few coats of white paint. I lightly sketched my octopus and then I started painting on my dots. The hardest part for me is not smudging the dots I have already painted. I started with the larger dots and then simply filled in with  smaller and then smaller dots. Once that was completely dry I erased the sketch lines. That was much more difficult then I was expecting. I will take care on my next rock to sketch with a lighter hand.

Who doesn't need a pink octopus rock
Who doesn’t need a pink octopus rock

I added the purple boarder and added the rows polka dots. There were lot of missteps  with my dots which caused me to repaint the black areas a few times but in the end I think that they turned out alright. I mention that I had a few difficulties with this little rock owing to it’s weight and size. Next time, I think that I will work on setting up a little platform with a towel to hold it in place. My biggest issue, however, stems from lack of patience. I just need to walk away sometimes and let the paint dry!

Lots of dots - side of the octopus Rock
Lots of dots – side of the octopus Rock

Once this baby was totally painted and dry I added the three coats of varnish so she can live outside if necessary. If I keep painting rocks this size I will have to find a new source outside of my yard. I find myself wondering if our local rock yard will sell me rocks one at a time, versus by the ton!

Painted by Jennifer Miner
Painted by Jennifer Miner

All in all, I am happy with how this little (not little) baby turned out and my daughter is pretty happy with it. I can see that I still have room to improve on the size consistency and placement on my polka dots but I can also see improvement.

Pointillist Octopus Rock - Painted by Jennifer Miner
Pointillist Octopus Rock – Painted by Jennifer Miner

Thank you for visiting today!