Last weekend we drove down to Winchelsea beach and collected some pebbles for the rock painting we planned to do this week. Winchelsea is a vast expanse of (almost always deserted) pebbles, so perfect for some quiet beach combing. Interestingly, if you've never been to Winchelsea, the town is actually two miles from the beach, as the original town was swallowed up by the sea in a storm in the 13th century. When they rebuilt it, they chose the top of the nearest large hill to ensure that they couldn't find their houses washed away again. Because of their hilltop location Winchelsea has stunning views in every direction. It's one of the most utterly adorable and very English towns we've ever visited.
These were the tiniest things I painted - the policeman is just a bit bigger than my husband's thumb nail.
And we each painted a house, after falling in love with the tiny villages we'd seen on Pinterest. My daughter also painted this seascape:
While I painted a landscape:
And this cat.
My son made monster rocks with googly eyes, owls and small mice. While my daughter made a bear in a forest and a 'welcome' stone.
Later they named each stone and played the 'Grandmother's Tray' game, where they hid one of the stones and the other person had to guess which was missing.
We plan to revisit this activity the moment we have some more stones.
Just in case you're interested in painting some rocks yourself, here's what we did:
- We used Newton & Windsor acrylic paints. Acrylics are fantastic for this as they dry in minutes and if you make a mistake you can paint straight over it, irrespective of what colour it was originally (so white can paint over black in one easy coat).
- We used specialist fine acrylic paintbrushes for intricate painting and an assortment of random old paintbrushes for the less detailed work.
- We bought Pilot gold and silver markers with an extra fine point (the type that you shake before use), which was fantastic for adding sparkly detail.
- For eyes and fine black outlines we used a very fine Micron pen. Don't do this. Micron pens are fantastic for using as a very fine permanent marker on fabric and paper, however, dry paint will block the nib as they're very sensitive to dust particles (I've since read this on the manufacturers website). Next time we'll use something equally fine, but with a less delicate disposition. I will be re-buying my much loved Micron pen.
- Once finished, I sprayed our stones with a quick-drying, matt lacquer so that they can be placed outside. We bought ours from our local art shop - it was called 'GOLD acrylic professional spray paint' made by Montana.Cans (The name is deceptive as it's not actually gold, it's completely clear).
My children have asked me to pin these rocks to Pinterest, as they really want their own to join the ones there that they've spent so much time admiring...so if you follow me you may see some rocks appearing later.
Brilliant. I love how the limited size makes the task so different from just painting on paper - much more inventive :)ReplyDelete
I love them! Great post, thanks for the inspiration to all.ReplyDelete
Great idea I got a rock once as a gift and it is a treasure.ReplyDelete
Love the minions! I haven't done this with the kids for ages.ReplyDelete
I hvant rock painted for YEARS! What a fab idea! I love the fact that you dont just have one or two but a squadron of painted rocks!ReplyDelete
You and your children are real artists! I'm not sure that my current-day painting efforts have progressed much beyond when I did this in primary school!ReplyDelete
I love the little houses and the landscape best of all.
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I love these! I may have to make some for my garden...ReplyDelete
These are so lovely, I love the detail and bright colours on them!ReplyDelete
These are beautiful and such a great idea!ReplyDelete
Wow, they are all wonderful. What a fantastic activity, and I love the idea of the game of hiding one as well. I'm planning a trip to the beach now!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! What a great activity!ReplyDelete
So cute! Try an extra-fine tip Sharpie pen if you can get them there.ReplyDelete
Me and my 3 yo boy made some last week too! It's relaxing and I enjoy the making something with my child. He kept some for his Lego farm and I will use mine as pattern weight :)ReplyDelete
All of these paintings are looking superb, I really appreciate you efforts.ReplyDelete
These are fantastic. You have talented children too. I have made a mental note to go visit Winchelsea, it sounds gorgeous. Hope you get some more pebbles soon for another session before the holidays run out xReplyDelete
Well done they are brilliant . I have to say the minions did make me smile having recently watched Despicable Me at the cinema with my grandchildren. Which they loved.ReplyDelete
Whinchelsea is a great spot for the beach . We live in East Sussex so not far away . My husband as a child used to camp there in The Summer Holidays and had a fun time. Mind you it was slightly different then ! Enjoy the rest of your holidays . Thank you for your beautiful blog .
This article is amaizing.The show cased pics of rock painting is very nice.The paints used are good quality and are very bright.Monster rocks with googly eyes, owls and small mice are really beautiful.ReplyDelete
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These are totally adorable! My favourites are the cottage house, the seascape and that lovely little rainbow. Pebble painting was a great joy during my childhood too, although we didn't have acrylic paints in those days! By the way, did I spot correctly that BOTH your children are left handers? (I am a left hander myself and often notice other left handers because they are not so common). If so, that's amazing! (for both to have it). Have they inherited it from anyone within the family?ReplyDelete
These are lovely and sounds like you had a wonderful day--no requests for food! I love the pebbles painted with some of the natural stone showing--very pretty. Your cat is very impressive!ReplyDelete
Oh that brings back happy memories of pebble painting with my mum, thank you.ReplyDelete
They do look stunning all together in the bowl ;-)
Those pebbles are now works of art. It looks like your children may have some of their Christmas gifts sorted. What a worthwhile (and not in a worthy way!)way to spend an afternoon in their company. Is that a couple of creative left handers I see...?ReplyDelete