February's rock painting challenge includes plenty of Valentine's Day designs that celebrate love. It also celebrates Black History Month and recognizes the culture and narratives of African Americans. And, this is a special February because it's a Leap Year, so we have that extra day. What creative design will you come up with to celebrate February 29? We can't wait to see your designs!
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Patchwork quilt heart design
We had seen a variation of this design and wanted to give it a try. Our first few attempts were ... well, not Pinterest-worthy.
But, we kept at it. After a few more attempts (and, first sketching on paper), we got into a rhythm and started creating designs that really popped. Honestly, painting this design using a combination of medium tip Posca paint pens and the extra fine tip (1MM) greatly decreased the level of frustration we were feeling when trying this design using tiny paint brushes and acrylic paint. Not saying it's not doable with paint — we just had an easier time using the paint pens.
Reach for the sky
There's nothing quite like the view when soaring above the treetops in a hot air balloon. Certainly a unique experience!
This is a favorite pic taken from that hot air balloon ride — just love the shadow of the balloon.
It was this photo that was the inspiration for painting a hot air balloon onto a rock. So many possibilities when painting a hot air balloon, including adding inspirational messages like "we rise by lifting others".
Our puns are getting AVO CONTROL!
In case you haven't noticed from our previous blog posts, we're a big fan of puns. The designs below are our ode to the great avocado. We love it in guacamole or just sliced on scrambled eggs or on a salad. The day finally arrives when it's ripe. Though, don't blink! It'll go from perfectly ripe to brown in what feels like seconds! Fortunately, these avocados will remain green forever thanks to the waterproof sealer we use for painted rocks.
Rock finder story: We set out the avocado toast rock and a few days later, it was found! Check out this story from the person who found our avocado painted rock.
Palm tree swaying in the ocean breeze
A palm tree swaying in the ocean breeze is one of our go-to designs whenever we're going on a beach vacation. At first glance, the design might be intimidating, especially if you're just getting started with rock painting. But, once you see how it's done, it's completely doable and we're certain it'll become one of your favorite designs!
We put together a step-by-step tutorial to help you with this design.
Supplies used: In our tutorial, we use a combination of acrylic paint and a variety of paint brushes and finish with Posca extra fine point paint pens. Before setting outdoors, we apply a waterproof acrylic varnish sealer (our favorite sealer for rocks!)
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Happy happy birthday!
Wondering who's birthday we're celebrating with this design? ANYONE'S! The great thing about birthdays is we all have one. So, we figured it'd be fun if our community painted rocks with "Happy Birthday". Or, even "Happy Birthday" and a specific date. How fun would it be if someone found a rock on their actual birthday. Or, someone found a rock and knew someone who was having a birthday and passed the rock along to them. Our painted rocks with our designs of ladybugs and positive messages are already making people smile. Just think how extra special a rock would be if it read "Happy Birthday" and was found by the birthday gal or guy!
February's rock painting challenge list
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Paying it forward, one painted rock at a time.
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- see on a map where your painted rocks travel and spread kindness
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