Rock Painting (How to and what to use!)

We have been painting rocks for a few years now and every time I share a few of ours I get lots of questions, so I figured I'd share our whole process and try to answer the ones that always come up. 

First, where do we get rocks? 

Usually we get them from rivers and streams we visit.  There are a lot of hikes in our area and we are always on the lookout for them. We also look for them wherever we happen to go (where we aren't bothering personal property or landscaping). 

I've also gone to landscaping companies and have been told to help myself to a bucket of hand picked rocks for free! You never know.  I've also seen these places sell them for $5 for a pail, which would be plenty to keep you busy until you get in the habit of finding them day to day. 

Once we have them we wash them off with the hose to get all of the dirt and mud off and allow them to dry in the sun. 

Once they are dry, I spray paint a base of all weather spray paint. I prefer a white base but a black base looks pretty too! It's all about helping the colors you paint on POP instead of being soaked into the rocks. I don't have a brand that I have found to work better for this, they all seem to be about the same so I will get the cheaper ones. 

I usually only paint one side and leave the back natural.

Then we paint! Pinterest is full of great ideas.  I also sometimes peek at hashtags on Instagram for inspiration or google "painted rock ideas". I use the cheap craft paint you get in craft stores. I actually prefer the cheap stuff over the more expensive ones like Martha's. Start with simple designs so you don't get frustrated!

I bought this bin from Micheals to hold all of our supplies in one place.  It makes it easy to bring with us to the beach or outside to work. 

Then we add a hashtag or two.  We have our own personal one and one for a local "rock club".  You can search FB for one in your town or start one yourself! I usually do this with the Micheals brand paint pens on the back of the rock. 

Once they are done, I spray them again with a clear coat made for the outdoors. Front and back.
Again, any brand is good really. 

Then we hide them all over.  Sometimes we will bring some to the store with us or on errands or make a trip somewhere in town just to hide them. 

Sometimes you find the perfect spot for the perfect rock and sometimes my kids are hilarious about hiding them! Either way, it's a simple, cheap activity that everyone can do! 

I hope that answers all of your questions! Have fun painting rocks!

Don't Quit, Change Perspective!

2 Timothy 1:7 -

I spent yesterday on the verge of plopping down in the middle of my garden to have a good crying fit. This week has been hard, I’ll be honest. We’ve had some health scares, dog issues, our fridge died and I serve on a school board during a pandemic (enough said there right?). 

At one point everything just seemed too hard, too hopeless and too much for me. I wanted to give up.

The enemy is so good at distracting us with hopelessness. He’s great at helping us forget whose we are and where we are going. 

At one point during the day I remembered to invite the Lord in. I prayed that His peace would fill the air around me and then my brain when on down the tracks. 

But you know what? Looking back towards that moment today is when my peace began to return. I felt less hopeless. Less likely to give up. I became grounded in myself once more, my world righted. 

Were any of my problems gone? No. But my perspective was restored. 

We are not created to live in fear or hopelessness or out of control. We are built on our rock solid Savior who has already done the work of saving us. Our job is to remember to invite Him in. To remember whose we are and who we are. 

Right your perspective (before or after your good cry is fine).

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