I keep finding beautiful, smooth stones at the beach which I can’t resist bringing home. This time, I thought it would be cool to make them blend into a child’s artwork by attaching small, lightweight stones, and painting them with similar colours.
- smooth stones
- canvas board
- acrylic paints
- markers (optional)
1. Paint a selection of smooth stones with white acrylic paint. Allow to dry. Colours will be stronger when added to a white base.
2. Have children make a painting on a canvas board using acrylic paints. These paints will eventually be added to the stones, and won’t peel off like tempera and gouache. Allow to dry.
Alternatively, kids can paint on paper instead of canvas board, but they won’t be able to display their work vertically. Markers can also be used instead of paints, but a painted white base will help the colours show up better.
3. Lay the white stones on top of the canvas board, keeping in mind that whatever is underneath the stone will be painted on top of it, allowing it to blend in with the background. Now add the other colours on top and again, allow to dry.
3. Glue the stones onto the canvas board using a strong glue, so they won’t fall off. From a distance, the stone will blend in with the background, and look really cool up close.