Well, well, well, what do we have here? That’s right, I’ve crawled out of my cave, remembered I have a blog, and have gotten around to actually posting something. Where have I been? What have I been doing? To quote the driven Inigo Montoya, “Let me explain… no, there is too much. Let me sum up. Buttercup is marrying Humperdink in a little less than half an hour, so all we have to do is break up the wedding, steal the princess, and make our escape after I kill Count Rugen.” There was some happily ever after living thrown in there as well.
I was busy, but now I’m back, and with a new hobby: rock painting. As a Pinterest heavy weight, I had come across it in my daily rounds but hadn’t done much about it until recently. There’s a small devoted following in my area of this hobby, Facebooks dedicated to it, the whole nine yards, but it’s not nearly as popular here as it is in other parts of the country. As a result, when I happen to mention that I paint and hide rocks, I get a few stares. (It’s a thing! It’s TOTALLY a thing! Shouts the crazy woman hiding painted rocks.) For the uninitiated, sometimes the rocks are called Peace Rocks, they are used in Kindness projects, and it’s an artsy combination of Geocaching and an Easter Egg Hunt. Paint them up with any design, “hide” them in plain sight, and if you are interested in joining a larger community, there are tons of Facebook pages you can join. I recently joined my local group, Solano Rocks.
I started off a couple months ago putting the rocks out in secret in the area surrounding a school. It delighted me to no end to see kids discover the rocks as they exited the school. After a few weeks of being sneaky about it, I got found out by another volunteer, and now folks are starting to keep an eye out for the weekly rock batch.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive hobby and a creative outlet, this is a winner. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Rocks – Either ones you pick up while taking a walk, from beach combing (my personal favorite), or buy a bag of river rocks from your local home improvement store in the landscaping/gardening section. I found a big ole bag of River Rocks at Home Depot for a little over $11. Make sure the rocks you buy are not coated, like the ones for flower arranging, as the paint won’t stick.
- Paint – You can use your favorite acrylic paints, paint pens, and a clear coat, such as Rust-Oleum Clear Coat or Valspar’s equivalent. Another option that saves a step is using Acrylic Patio Paint, my personal favorite. There’s no need to clear coat the patio paint and it weathers really, really well. (By the way, I don’t get any kickbacks of any kind. There are no affiliates for my blog, these are just products I use.)
- Markers – Permanent markers of any kind to do the detail work, whether they be the humble Sharpie or a high end fancy art marker. Be sure to spray a clear coat over your marker work, though, as it will wash away when exposed to the elements.
Wash and dry your rocks before painting to get off any debris, then go wild! Spread the happy little rocks around and have some creative fun in the process.