Learn how to use paints and glue to transform simple rocks into vibrant works of art.
This is a fun way for students to unleash their artistic flair by painting rocks, exploring different designs, and interactively learning about geology.
What You Need:
Paintbrushes or sponges
Water and old margarine containers
Permanent markers - Like Sharpies
White PVA glue
Newspapers to keep the workspace clean
Where to Find Rocks:
Explore your surroundings for smooth, flat rocks: Search riverbeds, parks, beaches, and forests.
If natural rocks are scarce, visit local hardware stores or landscape suppliers.
Avoid polished rocks; opt for light-coloured ones for better paint visibility.
Select rocks that inspire your creativity. Find funky shapes, vibrant colours, and various sizes for different projects.
Let the Adventure Begin:
Clean the rocks thoroughly and let them dry.
Optional: Seal or prime the rocks for a smooth painting surface. Use FAS Gesso (sealer and Primer) for FAS Student Acrylic White paint for priming, allowing it to dry before applying colour.
Decide on your creation—be it a picture, an animal, or a funky paperweight.
Paint your rock with chosen designs and colours. Get creative! You can also use markers for detailed pictures. See some of our photos for inspiration.
Once the paint is dry, seal your masterpiece. See "Sealing Your Rocks" below.
Brush the water/glue mixture onto your rock to seal in the beauty.
Sealing Your Rocks:
Sealing is essential for protection against the elements. Choose a brush-on or spray polyurethane sealant (available at hardware stores, art stores, or supermarkets). Opt for a glossy, matte, or satin finish based on preference. For outdoor rocks, choose a waterproof sealant. This step ensures longevity and weather resistance, making your rocks suitable for hiding or gifting.
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