Painted Rocks

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Using paint and glue, students will create wonderful works of art while learning about geology.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

Dreary days getting you down? Why not pick up a few rocks and create some fun?!

What You Need:

  • some small rocks
  • thick water-based paint (acrylic) or Posca Paint Pens
  • paintbrushes or sponges
  • water, old margarine containers
  • some magic markers
  • a container of white glue
  • some newspapers to keep your work area clean

What You Do:

  1. Clean all the dirt off of your rocks and let them dry.
  2. Decide what you are going to create – a picture, an animal, a funky paper weight… it’s all up to you!
  3. Begin painting your rock with the designs and colors of your choice. If you like, you can draw some lovely pictures using magic markers instead of paint.
  4. When you are all finished decorating and the paint is completely dry, it’s time to seal the rock. You can do this with a water-based sealer like Stays Clearn by Benjamin Moore, or by mixing some white glue with a little bit of water.
  5. Brush some of the water/glue mixture onto your rock to seal in the beauty.
  6. You are finished and you can move on to the next one… and the next… and the next!

Note: If you are going to paint rocks to leave outside, make sure you use a biodegradable, environmentally-friendly water-based paint!

Painted Rocks.

Did You Know:
There are three main types of rocks: Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.

  • Igneous rocks are those formed from magma or lava which has cooled. Think of them as “fire” rocks.
  • Sedimentary rocks are those formed when sediments (like sand and pebbles) are pressed or cemented together naturally, through time. Think of them as “layered” rocks.
  • Metamorphic rocks are existing rocks which have been changed by high heat and pressure inside the earth over millions of years. Think of them as “recycled” rocks.

Now you know.

Painted rock birds

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