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.