Wednesday, May 25, 2022

My Rock Painting Journey

Do you remember ever painting on rocks as a child?  I do.

Here is a picture of my first rock painting (read more about it below)...

Blue & Yellow Pansy Basket,
 my first painted rock!

Back in the summer of 1974 in the mountains of upstate New York I painted my first rock (pictured above) on summer vacation with my best friends. 

Their family owned 117 acres of land there and they took me with them quite often.  We loved to spend the days exploring, climbing mountains, picking strawberries and playing in the creek.  It was always fun, we had no place to go and all day to get there.

My best friends happened to be sisters and only 13 months apart in their ages. My age was right in between so we were great friends (well, being sisters I guess they didn't always get along, but when it was the three of us together we had great fun, lol!)

Their mom, who I affectionately called Mrs. "P", was like my second mother.  She was very creative and loved anything crafty, in addition to being an avid seamstress. 

While upstate on one particularly hot summer day, she told the three of us to go down to the stream and find a rock or a piece of slate, wash it off and dry it.  When we got back from the stream she had a little picnic table set up for us.

On the table were some paint brushes and acrylic paints that she brought from home and suggested ideas to us as to what we could paint on them.

I made a basket of blue and yellow flowers with white centers on a piece of slate - not perfect by any means - but when I got home and showed my parents, they loved it. (See picture at the top of this page).

They bought a picture stand and put it there to display in the living room.  It was still there in 2015 when we sold my parents' house (I guess they really did like it)!

I didn't realize it at the time how something like that would inspire me to love art and painting in my adult life as I didn't really do any more painting until I needed a creative outlet when my kids were little.

At the time I was starting to craft again, I was very into stenciling.  As a matter of fact, I stenciled a flower border around my bedroom and one in my living room too, it was very popular at the time.  I love being crafty.

I had a detached garage out in my backyard, and I had a craft bench with all my supplies.  After the kids were asleep (my husband was, of course, in the house with them) I would go out to my quiet crafting space and experiment with all kinds of crafts.  

I made quite a few personalized gifts with art of stenciling and embossing.  I made welcome plaques and birth announcements and I started painting rocks one day because I had read an article about it.   I was hooked 😃.

Then while in Michael's craft store one day (those many years ago), I came across a book called "Painting Flowers on Rocks" by Lin Wellford.  I bought it, and well, it sort of changed my life.  I started painting flowers on rocks and I haven't stopped since...

(click the picture to get more
 information about this book)

I opened up an eBay account, and I sold many of my rocks on that platform.  I have an Etsy shop too (but I'm really not that crazy about Etsy if I'm going to be honest ).

I like to use paint pens in my work because it allows me to paint on my rock creations in any room of my house without water and brushes.

Painting on  rocks is inexpensive, fun to do, and something the whole family can enjoy... why not try it?  Your kids will love it, and you will too!

Below is a video showing you how you can use a stencil to decorate a rock with flowers.  You can use stencils of any size and shape purchased online or at a local craft store, the sky is the limit!

So don't think you can't paint flowers, because anyone can paint with a stencil!

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Learn How to Emboss an Image

What is embossing??

Quite simply, it is using a heating tool with specific embossing powder to add a raised look and a glossy or sparkly finishing to a picture. 

If you would like to make an ornament like the one outlined in this blog post, follow the steps in the directions below.

First, please watch the video below which will demonstrate how to download a picture from Pinterest to use for decoupaging your ornament...

Decoupage an Ornament with a Gift Tissue Print
"Downloading an Image to Word Processing"


1.  Download and print an image onto gift tissue to decorate your ornament with (see video above entitled "Downloading an Image to Word Processing" (the image may be different in the video, but the process is the same).

2.  Emboss your image with embossing powder and a clear embossing pen.  Using your embossing pen, go over the part of the image you want to emboss just as if you were coloring it (remember, it's clear so you will see the color on the image right through the clear ink after covering the particular part of the image with the pen).

3.  Place your printed image over a piece of scrap paper.  After opening your jar of embossing powder, sprinkle the powder over the area that you just covered with the clear ink.  Use a sparkling powder on things like snow for extra pizzazz!

Sidenote:  The clear ink from the embossing pen cannot dry before you sprinkle the powder over it so Step 3 (outlined in the above paragraph) must be done fairly quickly after applying the clear ink so that the embossing powder sticks to it when you heat it up with the embossing heating tool.

Supplies Needed for Embossing

It's okay to be generous because the powder will only stick to the wet part of the image, and you will be putting the extra back into the jar in Step 4 below.

4.   Save the excess powder by shaking the extra powder off onto the scrap paper (see Step 3 above).  To do this, fold the piece of scrap paper that was underneath your printed image before you sprinkled the embossing powder on it.  Use the crease you just made to make a funnel for gathering the excess powder into and carefully pour the excess powder back into the embossing powder jar.

5.   Take your embossing heating tool and hold it over the area that you applied the embossing powder to on your image.  Keep it approximately two inches above the paper and turn it on.  Wait for the powder to melt onto the image.  It's like magic watching it transform! 

Watch the video below to see this process in action...

Decoupage an Ornament with a Gift Tissue Print
"How to Emboss an Image"

6.   Cut out the image that has been embossed and glue it to the ornament with Elmer's glue.  After it dries, you can add more glitter to the outside of the circle to make it extra sparkly.

7.   Another way to embellish the outside edges of the ornament (as shown in the picture at the top of this page) is to use white dimensional paint to make swirls around the outside edges and add extra fine glitter to it while it's still wet.

Add a bow around the top of the ornament.  After everything is dry, you can add a coat of Mod Podge to seal it and add extra shine.


I hope you liked this tutorial, if you did, please leave a comment below.  Also, let me know if you have any questions at all.

Remember to always...

Be creative & be happy!!!

My Rock Painting Journey

Do you remember ever painting on rocks as a child?  I do. Here is a picture of my first rock painting (read more about it below)... Blue &am...