Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Crazy Lady Who Paints Rocks

Geesh.. Where did the time go. I was shocked when I realized I hadn't posted anything on my blog since the end of April.  I haven't been completely idle though. During the past two months I did spend time in my garden.  So far, this summer has been a lot cooler and a lot rainier than last year, but just perfect for planting out winter and spring sown seedlings and moving some perennials around.  And on the very rainy days?  Well, I was painting ... ROCKS.

What? Huh? Yep, I painted rocks. The idea came to me one morning this past spring when I began pulling out leaves that had accumulated over the winter in the front garden. Among the leaves, I found scattered and broken pieces of the plastic makers I had put in last fall. Obviously, they didn't survive the harsh winter. Anyway, I had no problem recognizing the green tips of emerging daffodils planted in a circle in the center of the bed.  But where were my two peony bushes? Weren't they planted on either side of the daffodil grouping?  As I continued to clean out the leaves, I finally spied two clumps of the familiar, pointy red shoots. My peonies! They were planted a good 2 feet behind the daffodils. I realized then that I needed a better way to mark where my perennials were planted. So, I did some online research and .... Voila!  Hand-painted stones or rocks make wonderful plant markers! And I had an abundance of them in my own backyard. 

I began by collecting rocks and stones of different shapes and sizes.  After washing them and letting them dry thoroughly, I began painting them with acrylic paints. Weather resistant acrylic paints would be preferable, but I used what I had left over from other craft projects. To keep it simple, I chose a dark green color as the base. I applied two coats, letting the paint dry thoroughly between each coat.   

Then I painted on the flower design for a particular plant. I chose colors I felt were suitable for the flowers. Sometimes I would include the name of the flower as seen in the photo above.

With other flowers, I decided that writing the name of the flower was not really necessary. With bleeding hearts, whether pink or white, I think the flower design itself is pretty self-explanatory.  My main goal was to keep all the designs as simple as possible, but easily recognizable.  After all painting and touch-ups were complete, I sprayed my rock plant markers with 3 coats of clear acrylic spray, letting them dry thoroughly for at least 2 hours between coats.

       All you need are some rocks or stones, paints, and a bit of imagination!

                                       Happy Gardening!       

             Drop me a line and let me know what you think! 
             I'd love to hear from you,   Janie


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