Monday, December 20, 2021

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #11 - Strawberry Fairy Rock - "How to Paint a Fairy Rock Using a Coloring Book Page"

 In this tutorial I will be teaching you how to download a fairy coloring book page into a word processing document so that the image can be traced onto a rock.  When this project is complete, you should have a rock painting similar to this one in the picture below...


Strawberry Fairy Rock
by nancymaggielee

Once you download the fairy image to word processing (using a copy and paste method outlined in the directions below), you can resize it and print it out so that it can be traced onto the surface of a rock.

Since the method of transfer, we will be using for this rock painting tutorial, you can, of course, buy a fairy coloring book to use in this project.  However, if you would like to find free fairy mages that can be traced onto a rock's surface, the instructions are outlined step by step in the DIRECTIONS below.

Are you ready???  Let's go paint a beautiful fairy rock!...

You can use a book like the one pictured below to trace fairy pictures onto rocks...



Butterfly Stained Glass Coloring Book
(click link to view on Amazon)



DIRECTIONS:


1.  First you will need an image to trace.  To find a free fairy image to trace, log on to Pinterest or go to your favorite search engine like Duck Duck Go.

2.  In the search bar at the top of the page type something to the effect of 'fairy coloring book page' or 'butterfly fairy stained glass coloring book pageand hit 'Enter'.  Your search results should look like the image pictured here ...



Search results in Duck Duck Go for
'butterfly fairies stained glass coloring book page'
(Select 'Images' under the search bar)



3.  Using your mouse, hover over the fairy image you would like to use for your fairy rock painting and 'left click' over the picture.  It will appear larger at the top of the screen.





4.  Now, hovering over the larger version of the fairy image at the top of the page, use your mouse and 'right click' over the image.  Select 'Copy image' from the choices (see this outlined in the picture above in Step 3).

5.  In another window, open up a blank word processing document and select 'Paste'.  Now your image will appear in the word processing document.

6.  To resize your image to fit your project, simply hover over the picture in the WP document and 'left click' on the corner.  A black line will appear around the image (see PART 2 video below).  With your mouse on the image's corner, move it back and forth to make it bigger or smaller.  The picture on the screen will be true to size for your project, so now you can hold your canvas up to the screen to see how large or small you need it to be.

Watch the two videos below to see Step 6 outlined in real time for you...


Strawberry Fairy Rock Painting Tutorial
PART 1
"How to Print an Image from a Word Processing Document"




Strawberry Fairy Rock Painting Tutorial
PART 2
"How to Resize an Image in Word Processing"






7.  Place a piece of graphite paper (which is just like a carbon paper) between the rock's surface and the image you are going to trace.  Make sure the graphite paper is facing the right way as there are two sides...



Graphite Paper
(click link to learn more)



8.  Secure both papers to the rock's surface with Scotch tape.   See picture below...





9.  Using a blue or red pen, trace the image by going over the outlines of the image you have secured to the rock.

10.  Color your image in with paint pens, art markers, or Sharpies.  You can also use acrylic paints and a brush if you want to paint the color onto the rock.  I personally like the precision of art markers and pens for this step.  Have fun!!!

11.  Seal your rock with a weather resistant sealer.  Give it at least three coats, letting it dry between each coat.

12.  Remember to always...

Be creative and be happy!




Thursday, December 2, 2021

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #9 - Daffodils Rock - "Learn How to Trace & Paint Flowers onto a Rock"

Hi there and thank you for your interest in this rock painting tutorial.  I hope you will find it fun and informative.





To make the rock pictured above I used a book called Trace & Paint Flowers (click to view on Amazon) which I purchased at my local Hobby Lobby craft store.

This wonderful book comes with 15 easy to follow projects along with 18 flower image pullouts you can use to trace and paint onto whatever canvas you like.  Click the link below the picture to see inside of this book...


Trace & Paint Flowers
large flower images to trace


If you would like to make a rock like the one in this tutorial, just follow the DIRECTIONS as outlined below on this page.

The daffodils rock pictured at the top of this page is fairly large - approximately 18" high by 14" across at the widest points.  I purchased the rock at a stone center near my home.

Most towns have a stone center nearby.  A stone center is a great place to find large triangular shaped rocks to paint flowers onto because they usually have a pile of rocks that are broken which they will usually sell to the public at a discounted rate.




If you would like to find a stone center near you, then you can read this article to learn all about where to purchase rocks to paint on.   Wear gloves and long pants so you don't hurt yourself as you go through the rock piles in your search.

Just as a side note, you can also purchase rocks that are ready to be painted on Amazon now.  The rocks you can purchase on line are smaller than the ones you can find in a stone center.  Click the link under the picture below to learn more...

Blank rocks ready to paint
available on Amazon


For this particular large daffodil rock painting project, the rocks pictured above are too small, but they are great for smaller painted rock projects like the one pictured here...






DIRECTIONS


1. 
Paint your rock with two coats of white acrylic paint.  Let it dry thoroughly.



Rock painted with white acrylic paint
before tracing daffodil image




2.  Place a piece of transfer paper on the surface of your rock, and then lay your flower outline over your rock.

Secure both papers with Scotch tape and trace the image with a blue or red pen so that it will be easy to see the lines that have been traced.  The transfer paper is underneath the daffodil outline in the image below...



This is the daffodil image secured to
the rock's surface with the carbon
paper in between



You will need some kind of
carbon paper (shown above) to 
place between the rock
 and the image to be traced.





3.  You can use a variety of acrylic paints to add color to your rock painting.   I like to outline my flowers with a pointy black Sharpie to get good definition of the lines before I start painting or coloring with my acrylic paints or markers.





Outline of daffodils after it has been 
traced and painting has been started


4.  Using paint brushes and acrylic paints, paint pens, or permanent markers, add color to the outline of daffodils on your rock's surface and have fun!


 5.  Once it is dry, go over any outlines and give it a touch up.  Seal your rock with a weather resistant acrylic sealant following the directions on the can.


6.   Enjoy your rock!  And remember to...


Be creative & be happy!


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Graphite Paper https://amzn.to/3I9MaFH

Rocks for Painting https://amzn.to/2YmClyT

Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium https://amzn.to/2Xh1idD

Painting Flowers on Rocks https://amzn.to/2Zwl87g

White acrylic paint https://amzn.to/3b4d00G

Paintbrushes https://amzn.to/3d6uScL

Arteza Paint Pens https://amzn.to/3cqpEYt

Sharpie Permanent Markers https://amzn.to/3eStQ4a

Sharpie Ultra Fine Black Marker (for outlines) https://amzn.to/2DOIkot

Art Markers https://amzn.to/30waJIX

Shuttle Art Markers https://amzn.to/31p8SoI

Deco Art White Paint Pen https://amzn.to/2DzQX6D

Paint Markers https://amzn.to/2XGYzep

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Supplies Side note:   Not all the above products will be needed for this particular tutorial. I have linked to some supplies that I use in my rock paintings so that you can have access to some of my favorite products, but you can find most of these in your local craft store.

 

Here are the links to other rock painting tutorials on this blog:

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #1 - A Basket of Pansies

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #2 - Gardening Animals

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #3 - Red & Orange Poppy Flowers

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #4 - Little Boy in a Bunny Costume

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #5 - Mama Bird & Chicks

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #6 - Fairies & Bunny Spring Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #7 - Beach Bunnies Family Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #8 - The Candy Corn Family

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #9 Daffodils Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #10 - Fairies & Daisies (Coming soon)

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #11 - Strawberry Fairy Rock 



Some of my PINTEREST boards that may interest my crafty friends:

Hand Painted Rocks by nancymaggielee

Stained Glass Painting & Glass Crafts

Rock Art 

Illustrations & Drawings  

Image Transfer 

Watercolor Clip Art 

Sharpie Crafts


Saturday, October 30, 2021

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #8 - "The Candy Corn Family" - Happy Halloween!

Hi and thank you for being here for this Halloween rock painting tutorial!



"The Candy Corn Family"

        

 Before you begin

with the detailed STEP #’s below, you should do the following…

1.  Find a rock you want to paint, making sure it's the right size and shape for this project.  You will probably want to use a triangular shaped rock for the candy corns.  Wash and dry your rock(s).  If you need help finding rocks to paint, click this link.

2.  Once you select a rock and after it is washed and dried, paint the surface with two coats of white acrylic paint with a foam paint brush.

If you have completed the steps above, you are ready to move on to the DIRECTIONS section below.  Are you ready?  Let's go paint a Halloween candy corn rock! 

 

DIRECTIONS

1.    Log into your favorite search engine and type 'cute painted rock faces.'  I used PINTEREST and here are some of the results I got...


Search results for 'cute painted rock faces' on Pinterest


You can also save an image like this one using the method outlined below.
Using the 'Save image as' as you hover over the image by 'right clicking' 
on it.  Save it on your computer as a JPEG, then crop the face you
want to use and print it out on to paper, then use tracing paper
to transfer the face onto the face of your rock.



Continuing on...

2.   We will be using a simple copy and paste method to print your image from a word processing document as outlined below...

When you see the picture you would like to use, place your mouse over the image and 'left click' as you hover over it.   It will appear larger at the top of the page.   Now hover over the larger version of your image and 'right click' on the image (see picture below)


As you can see in this picture, 'Copy image' is highlighted
as you hover over the larger image at the top of the page.

3.   Open up a blank word processing document and 'Paste' your image into the document.  See the picture below.


Make your margins larger in the 'Picture Format'
command at the top of the WP document

To learn more about how to resize your 'cute painted rock face' image, watch the video below...

Halloween Rock Painting Tutorial

"How to Download & Print an Image to Trace onto a Rock"


4.   Trace your Halloween faces onto your rocks surface with Scotch tape securing a piece of graphite tracing paper in between the rock and the image...


Supplies for Step 4


Rocks ready to be traced

5.   After tracing the images onto the rocks, remove the both the graphite paper and the image that you traced and paint the rock with acrylic paints in the candy corn colors.  Use paint pens and Sharpies for the details of the faces.

6.   After your rock dries completely, spray with a weather resistant acrylic sealer at least three times, allowing it to dry in between coats.



How I Started Painting on Rocks

Kids Love Painting on Rocks

 

SUPPLIES:

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Transfer Paper https://amzn.to/3EjZULL

Rocks for Painting https://amzn.to/2YmClyT

Foam Paint Brushes (for painting background) https://amzn.to/3p3Ss03

White Acrylic Paint https://amzn.to/3pSPGgY

Orange Acrylic Paint https://amzn.to/3GExXj0

Yellow Acrylic Paint https://amzn.to/3w7fdnB

Acrylic Paint Assorted Colors https://amzn.to/367LoH0

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Black Fine Point Sharpies https://amzn.to/3ewzn1v



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Supplies Sidenote:   Not all of the above products will be needed for this particular tutorial. I have linked to some supplies that I use in my rock paintings so that you can have access to some of my favorite products, but you can find most of these in your local craft store.


Here are the links to other rock painting tutorials on this blog:

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #1    Basket of Pansies

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #2   Gardening Animals

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #3   Red & Orange Poppy Flowers

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #4   Little Boy in a Bunny Costume

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #5   Mama Bird & Chicks

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #6   Fairies & Bunny Spring Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #7   Beach Bunnies Family Rock


Some of my PINTEREST boards that may interest my crafty friends:

Hand Painted Rocks by nancymaggielee 

Stained Glass Painting & Glass Crafts

Rock Art 

Image Transfer

Water Color Clip Art 


Looking for a fun gift for someone in your life? Check out my Zazzle store... I have t-shirts, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, phone cases, office accessories, just to name a few!

Please visit my WEBSITES for more information about ROCK PAINTING:

Crafty Girls Rock

Hand-Painted Flower & Fairy Rocks

Hand-Painted Rocks

Painting Rocks!





Wednesday, July 21, 2021

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #10 - "Fairies & Daisies"

Fairies & Daisies

Thank you for joining me for this rock painting tutorial!  I hope that you will find it fun and informative.

Even if you are someone who thinks "I can't paint" don't worry, you can!  I promise that if you follow the directions outlined below, you will be able to create a rock just like the one pictured here...


Fairies & Daisies


        

 Before you begin

with the detailed STEP #’s below, you should do the following…

1.  Find a rock you want to paint, making sure it's the right size and shape for your image.  Wash and dry your rock.  If you need help on where to find rocks to paint, click this link.

2.  Once you select a rock paint the surface with two coats of white acrylic paint with a foam paint brush.

3.  Select a picture you would like on your rock, download it to a word processing document and resize it in WP to fit your rock.  Watch the video below to learn more about this...

4.  Use the 'Format picture' keys at the top of the page to flip your image horizontally as you will be drying your image face down onto your rock's surface.  

You may want to watch the videos I have linked directly below this picture before you start your project.

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REFERENCE VIDEOS & ARTICLES

The following videos and articles in this section may be helpful to watch before you begin also.  You may find some of the same videos and articles linked throughout in the STEPS but I just wanted to group them together as a reference point for you...


"How to Transfer an Image Using Freezer Paper - Making Freezer Paper Sheets

"How to Transfer an Image Using Freezer Paper - Revealing the Image

"Learn How to Find and Print Pictures after Downloading into Word Processing Documents

How To Make Freezer Paper Sheets for Your Inkjet Printer

"Printing Commands Tutorial for Printing onto Freezer Paper"

How to Transfer an Image to a Rock Using White Acrylic Paint and Mod Podge” 


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So, if you have completed some or all of the steps above you are ready to begin!  Are you ready to paint a beautiful fairy rock???  Let’s go! …

 


STEP #1:

   Transfer the image you are going to use


Transferring the image to your rock is a very easy process.  It does require a few steps within this step, but once the image is on the rock, you will be able to embellish itdesign it and color it anyway you like to make it your own unique rock painting.

First, you will need to find an image you want to transfer See the article linked directly below this paragraph for instruction on how to find a picture and download it to a word processing document:

“Learn How to Find and Print Pictures after Downloading into Word Processing Documents” https://www.craftygirlsrock.net/2020/07/learn-how-to-find-and-print-pictures.html

 After you have found the image you are going to transfer, you will print it out onto freezer paper. (See Step #2).

Here is the picture I used for this project...



This is a picture I found on Pinterest and printed
onto freezer paper.  Notice it's the opposite of the
rock painting, that is because it is dried face down
with Mod Podge onto the rock's surface.





STEP #2:

   Printing your image onto freezer paper and transferring the picture to your rock


Paint your rock’s surface with two coats of white acrylic paint, allowing each coat to dry in between.

If you don’t have pre-made sheets of freezer paper to print on, then you will have to make your own from a large roll of Reynold’s Kitchen Freezer Paper.  Follow the instructions in the video linked here to do that…“How to Make Freezer Paper Sheets for an Inkjet Printer

After you make your freezer paper sheets (or purchase them) you will be ready to print your picture onto freezer paper by following the instructions in this video "Printing Commands Tutorial for Printing onto Freezer Paper". 

After you print the image out and the ink printed on the freezer paper has thoroughly dried (wait 24 hours), use a paint brush to coat the face of the printed image (inked side) with Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium.  Let the Mod Podge dry (it will dry clear so don’t worry if it looks white upon application).

Paint another coat of white acrylic paint onto your rock surface.  Do NOT let this coat dry before the next step (see Step #3).



STEP #3:

   Place the Freezer Paper Image onto Rock’s Surface to Dry


Place another coat of Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium onto your picture that already has one coat of Mod Podge dried to it.  Do NOT let this second coat dry before the next step either…

While both the rock’s surface and the picture are wet with their respective coats of white paint and Mod Podge, turn the image printed on the freezer paper upside down and position the inked side (which is currently wet with the Mod Podge) face down onto the rock’s surface (which is currently wet with white paint).

Try not to move the paper at all because this will smudge the ink.  Once it is in place, secure the paper to the rock using scotch tape to hold it steady so that it won’t slip.  Rub the back side of the paper gently with your fingertips and smooth out the paper.  Make sure every part of the inked surface of the picture is touching the rock’s surface.

Let it dry overnight.

After the image is thoroughly dried onto the rock’s surface you are ready to reveal your image (see Step #4)

 


STEP #4:

Reveal the Image by Peeling off the Paper


When the freezer paper image has dried onto the rock's surface and you have followed the procedure of wetting the surface to remove the paper layer by layer, you will be ready to start rolling off the paper.

Watch the following video to learn how to do this... (The process is the same although the picture in the video below is different from the one in this tutorial, Fairies & Daisies)





STEP #5:

The fun part is finishing your rock with color


To embellish, design and color your rock use your Sharpies, art pens, or paints to add color and when it is dry, seal it with a weather resistant sealant.

You can also use flower stencils to add flowers to the background of your rock painting.  Sometimes there are empty spaces on the surface after the transfer is complete, and a simple stencil is a great way to add color and depth to your rock.

Enjoy your rock painting.  You can sell it on Ebay or Etsy or give it away to someone special.  And remember that it's always great to...

“Be creative & Be happy”



SUPPLIES: (not all will be needed for this project)

8.5 "x 11" Freezer Paper Sheets https://amzn.to/39zebEZ (*optional)

Reynolds Kitchen Freezer Paper https://amzn.to/2TTT1M6

Rocks for Painting https://amzn.to/2YmClyT

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Computer Paper https://amzn.to/3ir89L1

Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium https://amzn.to/2Xh1idD

Painting Flowers on Rocks https://amzn.to/2Zwl87g

White acrylic paint https://amzn.to/3b4d00G

Paintbrushes https://amzn.to/3d6uScL

Arteza Paint Pens https://amzn.to/3cqpEYt

Sharpie Permanent Markers https://amzn.to/3eStQ4a

Sharpie Ultra Fine Black Marker (for outlines) https://amzn.to/2DOIkot

Art Markers https://amzn.to/30waJIX

Shuttle Art Markers https://amzn.to/31p8SoI

Weather Resistant Sealer https://amzn.to/3FsQj5H

Peel and Stick Flower Stencil https://amzn.to/2C83JZo

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Deco Art White Paint Pen https://amzn.to/2DzQX6D

Paint Markers https://amzn.to/2XGYzep

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Supplies Side note:   Not all of the above products will be needed for this particular tutorial. I have linked to some supplies that I use in my rock paintings so that you can have access to some of my favorite products, but you can find most of these in your local craft store.



Some of my PINTEREST boards that may interest my crafty friends:

Hand Painted Rocks by nancymaggielee

Stained Glass Painting & Glass Crafts

Rock Art 

Illustrations & Drawings  

Image Transfer 

Water Color Clip Ar

Sharpie Crafts


Looking for a fun gift for someone in your life? Check out my Zazzle store...  I have t-shirts, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, phone cases, office accessories, just to name a few!

Please visit my WEBSITES for more information about ROCK PAINTING:

Crafty Girls Rock

Hand-Painted Flower & Fairy Rocks

Hand-Painted Rocks

Painting Rocks!