Sunday, January 4, 2009

Rock painting

This is what started my rock-painting adventures...I got this card from a friend and really loved the letters/painting on the front. I had some cool rocks that we'd collected while on the shores of Lake Michigan this last summer (Miguel wasn't any too pleased to find out that I'd snuck them into our luggage, but I think he's gotten over it now) and I found one that just seemed perfect to try to paint on (since then I've found that acrylic paint really is a good rock-painting medium!). I also put "hope" and "love" on the back, but I don't like that side very much.


After that, I wanted to paint a rock for our cactus garden out front (we've been working on it little by little and we planted the first cactus just the other day-exciting). I wanted to put some color on it, but Miguel voted to have it "look like a rock" so I left it with just the letters. BUT, I have plans for some other rocks and they will definitely have lots of color!

One day when we were out rock hunting north of town, I found a nice smooth one and put Gracia's name on it. She loves her rock! Now Micah and Jojo want one, too...



I gave this set to my friend Laura who just recently left Mexico...this time I added the shadowing to the letters, makes them stand out more. I left these simple so the emphasis would be on the words from I Corinthians 13. These rocks about about 2-3 inches long?

I painted this rock for Erika, one of the single girls that lived upstairs...she had to move back home this semester for health reasons...we're missing her already!



I painted this rock yesterday for Gracia's friend Gracie (yeah, it gets a little confusing sometimes). I was in a bit of a hurry, so I wasn't as happy with some of the flowers/greenery, but Gracie seemed very pleased. :) And it was fun...


I did a few other projects as Christmas gifts too, but I forgot to take pictures. I think I got caught up in the excitement of Christmas and gifts and wrapping...so now I'm going to have to go around to my friends' houses to take the pictures so that I can have a record of them. Oh, well, a good excuse to go visiting!

7 comments:

Ellie said...

My oldest son did an art project for the visual arts fair. (He had help on the idea from mom, but..) He painted four rocks with the same scene in four different seasons. Then he mounted them on a small wooden paint mixing board with hot glue, and glued a big paint brush across it, too. It looked really neat. I'll see if I can find a photo. I know we took one. You'd have liked it.

Becky Aguirre said...

I would love to see a picture of that! I think that's a really neat idea for an art project. Definitely would have liked it...hope you can find the picture! :)

Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras said...

I'm stealing your idea - I hope you don't mind - it's aWESOME!

Becky Aguirre said...

@Honduras...go right ahead! In fact, if you get any great ideas about painting rocks for the garden, let me know...I'm still thinking about what to paint. It's a cactus garden and we're in the desert, so should it be "westerny" or should I go whimsical...hard to know.

Ellie said...

Paint the fruits of the Spirit. Then in the middle of stony ground surrounded by cactus, you can have a "fruitful" garden.

Whimsy. That's my vote. Life needs whimsy to make us laugh.

Julie said...

Those are beautiful!

Mo said...

Wow, you are crafty and talented! Loved the rocks. Sneaking them in the suitcase sounds like something my mom would do. :)