The Art of Stone Painting
When I was a kid we lived in the country on our family farm, every morning at the crack of dawn my Mom would be up with the rooster’s crow. Never fail she would make herself a cup of tea and then go out for her morning walk. On the occasion when she would force me kicking and screaming out of bed to enjoy the beauty of the morning I had the opportunity to search for “painting rocks.” These were her canvas as an artist.
We would search the cold damp river bottoms for perfectly smooth, round, interestingly shaped, or stand alone stones for her to take home and create with. Lugging the cold dirty rocks home made the morning exercise that much more intense and I grumbled frequently. Yet I remember admiring the shiny deep colors of the wet stones once they were rinsed and waiting to dry on cream linen towels. It was a promise of new detailed scenes of the forests, mountains, and rivers to be preserved in paint for years to come.
Although as a child I never appreciated the morning walk, as an adult I find myself still participating in this ritual, especially while on vacation. My souvenirs I love the most are consistently stones/nature finds. I have petrified wood from Arizona, fossilized shells from Oregon, sand from the beach I was married on, and the list goes on extensively.
Recently while visiting Kathleen in Martinique I found sea glass galore, she took me to this beach that is a thing of every beachcombers dreams. There was so much sea glass you began to get picky about which ones to pick up. I came home with some lovely earth treasures and it was the perfect opportunity to use The Art of Stone Painting by F. Sehnaz Bac. (affiliate link) As an archeologist turned artist her designs have found Internet fame with some of her designs selling for $130 on Etsy. She is seriously talented and worth a follow on Instagram.
The book has stunning pictures and vibrant designs with the step-by-step process even the impatient painter like myself can accomplish. From the very popular succulents and cacti, to birds, and flora the designs are nature inspired. My personal favorite designs were the mandala art. As I page through the book it gives waves to thoughts for my own designs and creative process. And the techniques and thoughtful suggestions really increase the fluidity of creating a well-designed product.
I was happy to create a few items that I will make into pendants from my sea glass and a beginner mandala stone in less than an hour. It was soothing and meditative and you all know how I need those things in my life. It took me back through a childhood memory and allowed me to find my own artistic view on using the stone as canvas while elevating the process with detail.
Do you have stones or other nature finds that you would want to use for a creative project? We love to hear new ideas and see your projects!
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