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.



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 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” 

 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 (*optional)

Reynolds Kitchen Freezer Paper

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

Weather Resistant Sealer

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.

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!


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