Last month I explained how to clean and prepare your stones readying them for painting.
In this blog I am going to give you a step-by-step guide which will show how I paint my stones
and what you need to do it.
I use artists acrylic paint. I have tried a few brands but I now only use
“Heritage Craft Colour – Pure Acrylic Paint – Professional Use” for all my colours.
They are the best quality.
I use the Dala brand of Silver because it is more sparkly than the Heritage silver.
I do use many different colours for the stones but I don’t need to buy that many.
I get a 250ml of white and then 50ml tubs of the more primary colours in the Heritage range and mix them into tints.
If you have no stockists in your area they do have an online shop: http://genuineheritage.co.za
I get little 5ml or 2.5ml plastic airtight pill bottles from the plastic warehouse.
I make about 4 or 5 tints of most colors but purple and turquoise have a lot more.
There are some artists who make the dots with tiny paintbrushes. I did try this method first.
Maybe I didn’t have the right brushes but I was quickly frustrated so decided to try
other ways of making them.
I have experimented with different sized nails, bamboo skewer sticks, pencil rubbers,
pin heads, pen lids, in fact anything with small circular heads.
My last experiment was with an embossing tool and this is where I have stayed.
I have these tools in different sizes.
The tiniest dots are made using pins.
I found long pins and have filed them down to different degrees on the point.
If I am writing words on the stones I use the Pilot Super Color Silver Pen with the Extra Fine nib.
Light / Magnification:
Light is so important. Use a table spotlight to make sure everything is bright enough.
One of my best investments so far has been a 360 degree light/magnifying glass.
If you get to the stage that you want to get one make sure that the shop you buy the appliance from
also stocks light-bulbs for it.
I didn’t think about this and when I broke the bulb I found it was not available in this country.
This is my work station.
I was getting a numb arm when I worked looking down.
This has improved a lot since I have had neck surgery but it is not 100%
so I have things set up for me to paint without bending my head down
unless I am painting really big dots.
If you can bend your neck down to work on them then go for it.
Do you know what design you are going to paint?
Here is a link to my Pinterest board – Pebble Projects incase you want some design inspiration.
You need to know what colors you are going to be working with so you have them all mixed
and ready for your project.
If you have all of your supplies together you can now get painting.
To start you need one large white or silver dot in the middle of the stone.
Don’t do anything else until it is completely dry. If you have a few stones prepared for painting,
dot them all in one go so that they are ready to start your design on when you are ready.
Before you do any design painting on your stone get some paper and do some prep work.
It helps get the technique perfected and the colour tints right.
It also stops you wasting prepared stones.
Although the mistake stones look beautiful in my garden I would rather not have wasted
some of the perfect round stones.
This is the prep work I did for the rainbow heart before I tried it on any stones.
This is an image of how I dip the embossing tool into paint in the lid of the colour I am using.
I wipe the embosser clean every two or three dots or the dots get bigger than I want.
This is my cleaning cloth. An artwork all on its own.
Most mandala designs are 4, 6 or 8 main arms.
Starting from the middle work outwards on the main arms.
When these main arms are dry use your alternate colour to fill between these.
When these are dry you now start to add your contrast dots on top of the initial dots
and detail around dots.
Your design is now done and once the paint is dry it needs a final coat of varnish.
So that is how it is done.
Although it takes a lot of practice & initially a lot of time, the end result is something to be proud of.
Good luck and have fun. Please share your pebble creations with me.
I would love to see how things work out for you.