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!