Thursday, February 28, 2008

Painting rocks

When I was young I painted rocks. My friends and I would get together in one of our backyards, and with our pile of rocks that we collected and some paint and a bucket of water, we created colorful pictures on each one. When finished, off we would go to all of the neighbors with hopes of selling them. We did other projects too, like making pot holders from the old hook looms and took those door to door. We were the little neighborhood entrepreneurs.

I don't remember if we sold any, but it is a childhood memory I hold dear ~ those sunny summer mornings when we had the whole day to play, giggle and have fun.

I'm still painting rocks. This is actually a paperweight (it's still a painted rock, but I'm calling it a paperweight). So, with a pile of rocks in my backyard and lots of ideas in my head, there are more rocks (paperweights) to come!



16 comments:

Deb said...

How pretty Donna. My children always painted rocks when they were little - at home & on holidays. We still have a few scattered in the garden that were painted 20 years ago :-}

SweetAnnee said...

OH so lovely
My Mother in Law painted rocks too

What a treasure..your butterfly is awesome, Deena

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I have a painted rock that I bought....hmmmm...30 some years ago with a turtle on it and I still love it! I love things painted on natural items instead of canvas.....wood, rocks, slate. The natural textures really work for me, Great work :-)

chocolate girl said...

those are beautiful donna! those will look so pretty in your garden :)

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Donna, I LOVE it~ You know I put a butterfly in each of my mosaics in memory of my mom. She loved butterflies. I just emailed you..
Hugs,
Penny

Ruth Welter said...

Ow donna, love your pretty butterfly rock, just beautiful.

farmerjulie said...

you sure can paint! Love the rocks!
I have a bunch over here that need to be painted..want to come by? :O)
have great day! very inspiring!

Sheila said...

How pretty this is..!
It would be great on a picnic table to stop the napkins blowing away..!
Have a good weekend.
hugs
xx

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Donna, that's so pretty, your painted rocks. I loved collecting rocks when I was growing up, just loved the texture of them.

And your seashell collection is great too. Nothing prettier than seashells.

Rhoda

Abby Creek Art said...

That is such a cool rock photo...and your painting is beautiful! Definitely do more!:)

Mary said...

Donna,

You inspired me. Oh, I wish I had time to paint rocks... My pond is surrounded by a few hundred perfect rocks. I would try to decorate them and place them here and there - sort of as my signature at the pond. Very nice idea!

P.S. When I was little, we didn't "paint" rocks, but I remember using crayons on them :o)

Mary

Lisa said...

What a great project. I have a few books on painting rocks that have been sitting on my shelf for years. I may have to dust them off now.

Have a great week!

Our Red House said...

You are so very talented. I love your butterfly paperweight.

Kate

Suzanne said...

Very pretty Donna! Love your butterfly.

Sunnispace said...

Love those, Mom! Maddie loves painting rocks, too. We once made a whole rock family. Wonder where that little troop is at these days...

Catherine Holman said...

That's beautiful! I bought some painted rocks from an artist who did an instruction book on them. We both had a booth at a decorative painting convention and I fell in love with them.