Painted Rocks

More Painted Rocks!

If you've been following my blog posts the past couple of weeks, you'll notice that I've become obsessed with the painted rock movement.

It's big here in southern Colorado.  Find and paint a rock.  Leave it in a public space for someone to find.  The,y in tur,n can leave it somewhere for someone else to find.

Oh, and if you can, take a photo of it and post it on one of the local painted rock Facebook pages. 

For example, in my area, we have 719 Rocks, Canon City Rocks, Art & Soul Rocks, and Pueblo Rocks!

Too much fun!

You can see my collection of painted rocks HERE.

One of the things I've noticed is that the rocks we grow here along the Hardscrabble Creek outside of Wetmore are they often inspire what they'll become just by their shape and color.

A lot of the rocks are shaped like the side of dog's faces, therefore becoming "Rock Hounds!"

It's going to be hard to give these away.

No real painting required with these.

Details were just filled in with Sharpie pens.


Others look like dinosaurs:

I left this one on Skyline Drive in Canon City, CO.

Skyline Drive is a road that follows the tops of the hogbacks on the western edge of the city.

There is a spot that was carved out of the rock showing fossilized dinosaur tracks. 

There an informational sign that has been placed in front of the fossils.

That's where I left this one.  Kind of wish I kept it, as it just makes me smile!

Dinosaur rock skyline drive 1

Or this one.  I just filled in the lines on the rock with a Sharpie pen.  This one I'm keeping!

Dino Rock

Here is the rock placed on our porch steps to greeting visitors:

Dino rock in the snow

And this one which I painted with a green Sharpie pen.  He sits in the rock wall that outlines my bee and butterfly garden!

Green dino rock

I hope my painted rocks have given you some inspiration and smiles!

I'd love to see your creations.

Please share if you can!





Happy Stampin'!

A Collection of Painted Rocks

So, I've said it before. 

I'm obsessed with painting rocks!

There is a big movement here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too.)

Find and paint rocks.

Leave them in public spaces for others to find.

They, in turn, take the rock and place them somewhere for someone else to find.

It's all designed to bring a smile.

And it does!

You can see my SU! inspired rocks HERE.

But, I thought I'd also share some of the rocks I've painted over the past few weeks.

Sunset inspired rocks:

Sunset rocks

Galaxy Rocks:

Galaxy Rocks

A lot of times, the rocks themselves inspire what they will be.

This was the case with these two fish rocks.



Angel Fish:

Angel Fish Painted Rock

Recently, my Mom and I spent a day painting rocks. 

She let these duck shaped rocks provide the inspiration:

Mom's Ducks

I hope these rocks will make you smile.

I'll share some more in my next posting, so stay tuned!





Happy Stampin'!

Decoupaged Pretty Pines Painted Rock

Pretty Pines Painted Rock

I'm obsessed with the painted rock movement! 

Have you heard of it?

It's big here in southern Colorado.

Find a rock, paint it, and leave it in a public space for someone to find.

That person, in turn, takes the rock and leaves it somewhere else for someone else to find.

I've been busy looking for and painting rocks!

We have no shortage of rocks here at my house as you can tell from my posting HERE.

I'm not a painter by any means and sometimes coming up with an idea and getting it onto the rock without messing it up can be a little stressful.

I'm often holding my breath the whole time!

Instead, I've found that it is easier for me to combine a little Stampin' Up! to the process.

In the rock above, I first painted it with a mix of blue acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying, I got out my Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, and some card stock and designer paper.

I first attached the paper (Delightful Daisy DSP for the pine boughs, Soft Suede card stock and retired Soft Suede DSP for the pine cones, and Cherry Cobbler card stock for the bow)

 to pieces of Multi-purpose Adhesive Paper.

I then cut them out using my Big Shot and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

I peeled off the backing on the adhesive paper, giving each piece a sticky back, allowing me to apply them easily to the rock.

Once all the pieces were in place, I added a coat of decoupage to glue and seal the rock.

 I  added some rhinestones that I colored with a blue Sharpie pen.  I also wrote the greeting, "Happy Winter" using the pen to complete the rock.

I know I'm supposed to leave the rock somewhere for someone else to find, but I think I'm going to keep this one!

Pretty Pines Painted Rock close up

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

 Supplies Used:

rock, acrylic paint, Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, decoupage, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Delightful Daisy and Neutrals Designer Series Paper, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen


Happy Stampin'!

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

They can then re-hid the rocks or keep them for their own collection.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

It's almost become an obsession!

(you can see more of my painted rocks HERE)

So much so, that I seem to have started looking down everywhere I walk, looking for interesting shapes and colors of rocks.

Luckily, here in the mountains of southern Colorado, we grow lots of rocks!

This is our rock pile along the banks of the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through the front of our property.

Hardscrabble Creek Rock Pile

This summer, my husband dug out a small portion of the creek with his back hoe to clear out the sediment that has accumulated over the years.

This created a deep pool for our resident brook trout.

As you can see, I have an endless supply of rocks, just in that pile alone!

For these rocks, I decided to try something a little different by adding a little bit of Stampin' Up! to the mix.

After painting them black, I attached snowflakes cut out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

Before cutting them out, I attached the card stock to a piece of sticky-backed Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet.  Then, all I had to do was peel off the backing, and the snowflakes had a sticky back that would easily attach to the rock.

I then added a layer of decoupage to seal and finish them.

Snowflake Painted Rock Close Up

Easy, Easy!

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies:

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Supplies Used:

rocks, black acrylic paint, Whisper White card stock, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, decoupage, paint brushes


Happy Stampin'!

719 Rocks Inspired by Stampin' Up!

Painted Rocks 1

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

I decided to give hand-painted rocks as thank you gifts to attendees of an upcoming stamping class.

I thought it would be fun to share the 719 Rocks movement.  They can pass the rocks on for someone else to enjoy, or not.

I'm not the best painter, so I started with the ladybugs because I thought they'd be easy.

Yes, simple.  Basically just circles after prepping the rock with red and black paint!

I painted six ladybugs.  One went to Colorado Springs, CO, and one went to Canon City, CO.

Then, two went with us on a recent driving vacation to visit relatives in IA.  One was left in Cedar Rapids, and one was left in Muscatine!

For the class attendees,  I decided to expand my horizons a little.

But, to do that, I decided I'd take a little help from Stampin' Up!

For the Christmas tree rocks, I used a stencil created from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die (part of the Carols of Christmas Bundle).

I cut the single tree out of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and the thinlits die.  I then placed it on my prepped rock (background painted blue and white), and dabbed on green acrylic paint.  I added a little bling using rhinestones colored with red and yellow sharpies.  The two smaller trees were painted free hand (with me holding in my breath the whole time!)

Christmas Tree painted rock

I originally thought I'd give everyone a Christmas tree painted rock, but then I started to get bored. 

Time to move on to something else.

The fall tree was inspired by the stamp set Sheltering Tree.  Everything was painted free hand. 

My intent was that it would be a fall tree, but my husband thought it was a fruit tree covered in fruit.  Either works, right?

Sheltering Tree inspired painted rock

The sunset rock was inspired by the tall flowers found in the stamp set Daisy Delight.  After prepping the rock by painting it orange and black, I placed a circle stencil that I created using my 1" circle punch on it and dabbed on yellow paint.

I then drew the grass/flower stems using a black Sharpie pen.  I also stamped the grass image from the retired stamp set In the Meadow using black Stazon ink!

Sunset painted rock

That coupled with the two leftover ladybug rocks, I was done!

I had a painted rock for everyone.

Each rock has "719 Rocks, You Rock!" written on the bottom.

719 Rocks You Rock


I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Supplies Used:

rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes, Big Shot, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, In the Meadow stamp set, black Stazon ink, 1" circle punch, black, red, and yellow Sharpie pens



Happy Stampin'!