Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stone painting

When I signed up for the challenged hosted by One Artsy Mama, I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into.  Yea I knew the ideas behind it, I got the concept, but I wasn't expecting the excitement, anxiety and nervousness I felt.  I spent so much time freaking out about what to do, I didn't want my project to be good, I wanted it to be the best.  

Crafting is difficult in that aspect because what one person finds amazing, someone else can find it to be a complete pile of crap.  

When I picked painting on a piece of stone as my project, know that it was not my first choice.  My first choice was something completely different, but Matt was out of town and I simply could not get it done with the kids all up in my business.  I also painted about 8 different things before I ended up with this.  

I am happy this is what I went with though, I think it suits me.  

So how did I do it?  Well I'll show you.

First, I went into my front yard and grabbed this stone.  And then I washed it.  I felt kinda silly washing a rock, but whatever.  

Then I painted some water on it so the paint would go on smoother. 

I didn't get pictures of the different layers because, well, I got into my painting and completely forgot. But I first did the clouds, where I mixed black, white and a turquoise blue together.  I painted in circular swirls.  

Then I took a stiffer brush and did the rain.  I dipped my brush is the turquoise blue and grey (that I had mixed) and the white.  I didn't mix them together, I just dipped.  I wanted to get the individual colors to drag down.  

When I finished with the rain, I used one of those metal spatula looking things and kind of scratched down so that it would remove bits of the paint.  I don't know how to really explain this process so I apologize if it sounds confusing.

I took a bigger brush and did quick up and down motions for the grass.  And after I did the grass, I did another layer of clouds so it would be over the rain.  I tried to highlight the clouds with white.  (Sorry for the poor lighting in some of these pictures, it was actually raining while I was painting this so I didn't get a lot of light on my desk.  Plus my desk is grey, WORST BACKGROUND COLOR EVER.  This was also before my photography class so I didn't know what I was doing.  Not that I know what I am doing now either)

When it was all dried, I printed off the saying I wanted and cut it out and placed it on my stone where I wanted it to be.

I used carbon paper to transfer my saying to the stone.  And I used washi tape to hold it down, because honestly, what can't you use washi tape for??

And then I tried to paint the words.  This didn't work out for two reasons.  One, the carbon tracing wasn't pronounced enough for me to paint it well.  Second, I suck at painting words.  So I just used a sharpie.

And there you have it.  My final project.

I am pretty happy with how it came out all in all.  I think it fits our Seattle life very well.

What do you think?  And did you get it right?  Was this the project you thought I did?  All the crafts submitted were great and I am excited to move on to the next round!

What was your favorite?  I think my favorite was the Subway Art that said "Color Outside the Lines" followed closely by the Wet Silhouette Canvas.


  1. OK, so I voted and I know that I voted for the winner.....Therefore as logic would have it U should be the winner because I voted for the winner and I wouldn't vote for anyone else except U anyway, but I also voted for the winner...Is that winner or whiner I voted for?......Can't remember!!

  2. I did get it right. Very neat!

  3. Well done, Randi! Are you going to feature your stone outside or inside?

    There were so many fantastic entries in the contest, it was hard to pick just one favourite. I'm looking forward to the next round!

  4. Dad, so does that mean you did vote for me? Because I didn't "win" that round I just made it to the next round. haha

    Krystal, yaaaay! Thanks for voting!!!!!

    Tara, I am not sure where I want to put it yet. If we had a nice covered backyard patio, I might put it there, but in the mean time, I think I will put it up in our living room because I like looking at it :)

  5. Yay! I did get it right! This was a very cool project. Can't wait to see what you do for the rest of the rounds...there's no way you're leaving the contest any time soon.

  6. I love the rock!! I voted for it. :) Good luck on this week.

  7. Love the rock, and the quote!! :)

  8. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  9. Cute! I didn't know this was your project! Nicely done! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  10. love your painting on the rock! I went to buy some carbon paper recently at staples, and it was $17 for 100 sheets. who needs 100 sheets? that's the only way they sell it.
    great job! catching you this week.

  11. Heather, thank you for your confidence! If I make it through this round, then I'll be in the top 3. Panic sets in then :)

    Sheena, I'm glad I got your vote! Don't forget to head over to One Artsy Mama again on Monday and vote again. It's not over until the paint runs dry ;)

    Steph, Thanks!!!

    Cathy, thanks for stopping by, I will check out that link up!

    Carrie, Thanks for stopping by! I love your link up!

    Gail, That is how I acquired my lifetime roll of carbon paper. I like the sheet of carbon paper better, but I agree, why would one ever need that much carbon??


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