Way back when I was a kid, there was a cultural phenomenon called The Pet Rock. An enterprising entrepreneur decided to put a rock with googly eyes attached into a cardboard container and call it a pet. No feeding, no messes, no noises! It was a fuss free, no obligation companion. It was a surprisingly huge hit. Since then, the common rock has not had a breakthrough moment, until now. Suddenly and inexplicably, painted rocks have started showing up in every Pinterest feed.
When the fine folks from AC Moore Stores and Plaid Crafts asked me to create some painted rocks with the new multi-surface 3D Paint from Folk Art, of course I said yes. I bought a bag of smooth Panacea River Rocks, washed, dried, and painted my rocks with multi-surface Chalkboard paint from Folk Art. Then I spent the afternoon decorating my rocks with Folk Art inspired motifs embellished with sparkling faux crystals. I call this style Folk Art Chic, which is what I called the decor in our last home. A little rustic, a little glam, whimsical yet sophisticated.
Is that a thing?
Well, it is in my world.
I love the idea of making these to leave in public spaces for strangers to discover. Or maybe make them for Christmas gifts! Heck, toss ’em into Halloween treat bags so the kids can say, “I got a rock” just like Charlie Brown.
You will need:
Panacea River Rocks
Plastic Faceted Crystals
FolkArt 3D Paint in Sunshine, Lapis, Red, Envy, Teal
FolkArt Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paint in Black
FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint in Wicker White (or Permanent White Paint Pen)
Small Detail Paint Brushes
Step one: Wash and dry rocks. Paint with one coat of chalkboard paint. Let this dry. If you want to paint both sides, do one at a time and let each side dry separately.
Step two: Plan your design, I used white paint to make the flowers, text, and accents on my images. To add gemstones, place a large circle of the 3 dimensional medium on the surface of the rock. Gently place crystal into the center of your wet medium and press.
Step three: Use the 3-dimensional paint to add multi-colored dot accents. Add as much or as little as you choose!
Step four: Make more rocks!
Once you get started, it’s hard to stop…
In case you didn’t know, you rock!
You can find these fabulous Folk Art 3D Paints and everything you need to make this project at AC Moore Stores. If you make some Folk Art Chic 3D Painted Rocks, we’d love to see them! Share them on social media using the tag #acmoorerocks so we can see your rockin’ creations!