Monday, July 5, 2021

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #5 - "Mama Bird & Chicks"

Mama Bird & Chicks Rock

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

If you follow the directions outlined below, you will be able to create a rock just like the one pictured here...


 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.

2.  Paint the rock with two coats of white acrylic paint with a foam paint brush.

3.  Select a picture you would like on your rock and print it out onto freezer paper.  You may want to watch the videos I have linked directly below this picture before you start your project.



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” 


So, if you have completed some or all of the steps above you are ready to begin!  Are you ready to paint a beautiful 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 it, design 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”

 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:

   Print your image onto freezer paper and transfer 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...

As I stated above in the last paragraph of STEP #3, you should now be at the point where the ink from your image has dried into the paint on the rock's surface.

Now we have to get the paper off which can be a bit time consuming.  However, if this step is done correctly, you will have a great image to work on so take your time and be patient with this step.

As a little FYI for you, one sheet of computer paper has seven layers! So we will have to take it off layer by layer (and remember patience is important here).  

To start this process you will need a paint brush and some clean water.  Dip your paint brush in the clean water and then apply the water to the back side of the image (which has dried ink side down). 

You will see the image start to appear once it is wet.  Isn't that fun??  I think it is anyway, lol! This wetting/drying process is loosening the top layers of paper at the same time leaving the ink on the rock's surface for you to use as a base image for your painting. 

Repeat the process above at least five more times.  Make sure you let the water dry in between applying it.  Around the sixth time you coat the back with water you should start to see little pills of the paper come off.

Let it dry once this 'pilling' starts.  Continue to rub the paper off gently with your index finger (as shown in the video above in this STEP) until most of it comes off and you have a good base image to work on.

Once the image is easy to see and most of the paper is off, you are ready to color it in with your art markers or paints!


This is how the image of the mama bird and chicks
looked after I rolled all the paper off and before
I used my art markers to embellish it.  Note that
the image is reversed from the original (picture above)
because it dried face down onto the rock's surface.



8.5 "x 11" Freezer Paper Sheets (*optional)

Reynolds Kitchen Freezer Paper

Double-Sided Scotch Tape

Rocks for Painting

Inkjet Printer

Computer Paper

Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium

Painting Flowers on Rocks

White acrylic paint


Arteza Paint Pens

Sharpie Permanent Markers

Sharpie Ultra Fine Black Marker (for outlines)

Art Markers

Shuttle Art Markers

Peel and Stick Flower Stencil

Leaf and Ivy Stencil

Deco Art White Paint Pen

Paint Markers


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.

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 #10 - Fairies & Daisies

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #11 - Strawberry Fairy Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #12 - How to Paint a Rock Using a Coloring Book Page

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #13 - Daisy Flower Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #14 - Stained Glass Angel Theme

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #15 - Fairies in Love

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

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Please visit my WEBSITES for more information about ROCK PAINTING:

Crafty Girls Rock

Hand-Painted Flower & Fairy Rocks

Hand-Painted Rocks

Painting Rocks!


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