What if I told you about a hobby that is very low cost, involves minimal supplies, and appeals to all ages? In addition, the final product doesn’t collect dust and can bring joy to someone else in your community, whether a friend or a stranger. What could be more fun, right?
In the Prescott house, we love art and creativity. My ten year old twins have flitted from pottery to painting to knitting to jewelry-making and back again. Not a day goes by that I don’t find sketches, stories, or sculptures scattered throughout the house. But, as every parent knows, kids’ art collections can easily overwhelm your storage and sanity. As happy as I am to see those sweet little artists at work, I cringe when the door of the fridge is completely wallpapered with artwork. You know what I’m talking about, mammas. I know I am not the only one.
The discovery of a new type of art…
One day I read online about rock art, and I thought it might be the perfect solution. After all, materials are readily available and the art work is left in public places to be discovered by a passerby, rather than collected at home. Coincidentally, a few weeks after I heard about rock art, my kids discovered a small rock painted to look like a strawberry, while we were traveling. That one little strawberry rock inspired a new pastime for us.
How to get started painting rocks
Some of you may be thinking, “I can’t paint. How can I do that?” Well, it’s easier than you think! And, you don’t have to be Picasso to paint a rock.
You only need a few supplies to paint rocks: Rocks (you can find nice smooth black rocks at the Dollar Tree), paint or permanent markers, Mod Podge, and a waterproofing spray. On our Facebook page you can find a printable to make the little labels to stick on the back of your rocks. That’s all you need to get started!
Connect with other rock painters!
It turns out that there are Facebook rock painting communities popping up all over the country and people from kids to adults are jumping on this hobby with enthusiasm, markers, and Mod Podge. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any such group in the Columbia area. So, we decided to create our own!
We have now founded IRMO ROCKS, a Facebook group created for the purpose of decorating, sharing and hiding tiny pieces of artwork that were once just rocks. Each rock has a message on the back saying, “Keep or Re-hide. Please post on FB Irmo Rocks.”
We have hidden about 30 rocks so far and we know that at least a few of them have been found. Our group is growing very slowly, but I hope to entice more members to join us soon! Check us out and join the group here! We hope to see you hiding rocks around Irmo soon!