The weather this year has been fantastic for most of the UK, with long hot summer days. Sadly, we haven’t been able to make the most of the great outdoors this year, but there’s still plenty of summer days left. So, fingers crossed the sunny weather stays with us.
If you’re wondering how you can keep the family entertained throughout the holiday season, here’s a fabulous idea that kids of all ages will enjoy.
Rock painting is a craze that has been sweeping the country for a many years and is still gathering momentum. The principle behind it is you paint a rock and hide it somewhere in the local community for someone else to find and re-hide. Some rocks have been known to travel the world!
Lots of local communities have their own Facebook pages so you can take a photo of the rock you create or find, post it to the Facebook group and let people know you are going to hide it somewhere else.
Here’s a list of what you need to get started.
• Rocks of different sizes (usually ones that can fit into your hand)
• Acrylic paints of various colours (either tubes of paints or paint pens)
• Paint brushes
• Container to rinse your brushes
• Plasti-Kote sealer
Paints: You can find acrylic paint suppliers online or try your local craft shop. Acrylic paint pens are a bit more expensive but much easier and less messy to use if you have tots or you want to try drawing fine lines. You could also try using felt tip pens but be aware that the colour may run if you spray this type of ink with a sealer.
Rocks: Collecting rocks can be great down by the river or from the beach. Get the children to look out for weird shaped rocks like the kite and heart shaped ones in the photos below. Take a hessian or canvas bag to put your finds.
Do be aware of the dangers of being by a river and the beach with young children, and also only take a few rocks you are going to use, without disturbing the natural environment.
Painting Rocks: Wash the rock and allow to dry thoroughly (best overnight) before painting otherwise the paint won’t sit well. Adding a base colour to the rock will make it much smoother to use paint pens or brushes for your designs. If you are not sure how the designs will look, use chalk to draw out your design on the rock first as it can easily be washed off. If you are struggling with a particular design you wish to copy from a book, trace it out on tracing paper then turn the pencil side over onto the rock and rub the other side of the tracing paper using a pencil. This should give you a faint outline to work with.
Allow each colour to dry before adding another colour next to it or on top of it, otherwise the paints will run into each other.
Once you have finished your rock, allow it to dry and then spray it with a clear sealant. This will keep the paint new looking for a much longer time.
If you have found your local Rock Painting Facebook group, post an image of your rock on their page, and let everyone know you have hidden it. Beware! Rock painting can become addictive!
We’d love to see your rock art. Send us a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pop it up on the blog. Happy painting!