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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Paint Pen Project # 2

One of the best things about our family vacation this year was the private swimming hole with its wonderful rocky, sandy beach in the curve of the nicely landscaped yard. The weather was perfect, the house was excellent and the swimming hole was fantastic.

I thought I was all set to spend lots of time in the water but when the time came I didn't feel I could handle that much physical activity, so I found a nice sunny spot on the beach and began paint pen project #2. While everyone else floated and swam and dove and generally cavorted, I collected a nice assortment of river rocks and went to town.

Yes, that's my handy dandy DecoColor paint pen which I first used for the pretty painted wood plate shown in Paint Pen Project #1. I am so very pleased with these new and improved paint pens and now I know, they do a dynamite job on rocks! The pen even does well on rocks with a rougher surface and pieces of water smoothed driftwood. Excellent!

I tried different designs and the paint pen even did well down to the tiniest details, like skinny branches and wispy grass. Tho I will probably do a bit of touch up with a smaller tipped pen, I am still happy with the way these pens perform for me. They are sooo much easier to use than a paint brush for these small intricate designs!

The biggest rock is 5" across and the smallest (the skull rock) is about 2" tall. Once they are sealed with clear acrylic, the subtle colors of the stones brighten up and make the black paint really stand out. We left one rock with our hosts as a thank you gift. They loved it!

Now I'm thinking of taking a bigger rock and painting our address on it then using a paint pen to dress it up with some swirls and curlicues. How easy would it be to really do a fancy paint job on a pumpkin for Halloween? And what about a tree design on a table runner or a pillow?

I have a request to paint a copy of a large tattoo on a big flat rock. I think it will look awesome and with these paint pens it will be easy peasy to get the details right. When I get it done I'll post it here.

Thanks for stopping by and please check out the blog parties on my sidebar where I'll be posting this project. There are always loads of creative ideas posted and wonderful people at each one. See you there!


  1. Wow! What gorgeous rocks!!! Little pieces of wonderful art. Really great. Hope you are doing well.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  2. Love your choice of medium. Those are wonderful

  3. These are fab! You are a very talented lady! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I see you have an Etsy shop...I'm going to take a peek around!

  4. Very neat! I'm not sure I could do it but I love these.

  5. You are so talented. Will the paint stay on outside, I like to fill my flower pots with this kinda of art.

  6. Wow! I envy people with talent such as yours! So pretty.
    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog.

  7. So pretty! Love these and would love to try making them! I found you over on Sew Much Ado linky party and am now a follower. :)
    Robyn from Tips from the Heart

  8. This sounds like a fun project when you just don't feel like hitting the beach. Thank you so much for linking up to Upcycled Awesome.

  9. Now these are awesome and an inexpensive gift idea. I would love to do this for our Halloween craft night with my boys. You are brilliant!

  10. Those are BEAUTIFUL! you are such a talented artist. I love the name of your blog too - make lemons out of lemonaide.....Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog too. ~ Selina

  11. those are beautiful!!! i love the trees, the birds....!!!! I will be on the lookout for some rocks in the very near future...mine will most likely look like the art work of a preschooler..but i can dream right!

  12. Do you mind me asking where you get your DecoColor pens? Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Michaels? Every paint pen I have ever used leaks or blobs out just when I don't need it to. Is the pen or the way I'm using it?

    1. I got the pens at Michael's and Walmart. They can be persnickety so I keep a paint rag handy. I found that they worked better for me if I stored them upright, with the lid on top. Then shake well, turn over and press the point gently several times til the paint just starts to flow. Blotting that first paint with the rag helps to control it. Don't press down on the tip when you are painting, the paint will flood out. When I want the paint to "load" the tip again I depress it gently and blot it on the rag. It takes a bit of practice to get the pressure right because that paint can flow like a river if the tip is depressed too much. Good luck!


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