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Ernestina Gallina : Written in Stone Rock Painting Project

Finished examples.

How to Paint Novelty Open Book Quote Rocks

Written in Stone Project

By Ernestina Gallina

Imagine your favorite saying on a rock, a meaningful message for a friend, an expression of love or devotion written on the pages of an old book...

This project will show you how to paint an old open book that you can personalize with your own text, for a very special gift that will last forever because it's "written in stone!"

What you'll need for this project:

  • rocks
  • acrylic paints
  • brushes

Step 1: Choose smooth rocks.

Step 1

Choose squared, rectangular or oval rocks, preferably smooth. Flat rocks that cannot stand on their own may work too, in that case the finished piece will look best when displayed on an easel.

Wash your rock and let dry.

Step 2: Base coat rock.

Step 2

Start base coating your rock with white acrylic paint.

Step 3: Divide rock's front.

Step 3

Use a pencil or the tip of your round brush dipped in brown paint to divide in half the rock's front.

Sketch in two pages, make them a little smaller than the rock's contour.

Draw two rounded triangular shapes.

Draw two rounded triangular shapes on top and bottom.

Step 4: Trace second line for book block.

Step 4

Give depth to your book by tracing a second line for the book block.The line runs from one triangular shape to the other.

Draw inner page with movement.

Draw a inner page with some movement to make it more interesting.

Step 5: Mix white with ochre for a yellowish tone.

Step 5

Use a medium flat brush and mix white with a drop of ochre paint to get a yellowish tone.

Paint two pages.

Paint the two pages, giving a darker ochre shade sideways the midline.

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