As a child I always had pockets full of rocks. If I saw one that I liked in it went. From ones with pretty colors and patterns to those that had neat shapes. Now my kids do the same. I have to sneak them back outside in my own pockets trailing them like bread crumbs on my walks. But then I found this book and now I think I might finally be able to keep some of them.
Bac's stone painting instructions take these ridiculously complex looking ideas and break them down in a way that feels very doable. If you've gotten bored with adult coloring I recommend giving this a try. It's a little bit more grown-up and aside from the initial paint investment it's cheap!
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Digital/Print (96 pages, Dover)
Transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide. Popular stone artist F. Sehnaz Bac, a seasoned archaeologist who markets her painted Sassi dell’Adriatico (Stones of the Adriatic) on Etsy, presents step-by-step instructions for creating 30 fantastic designs. Full-color photographs accompany directions for painting themes that range from trees, flowers, and animals to mandalas, geometric patterns, holiday motifs, and more.
Starting with the basics — including finding and choosing stones as well as tools and materials — the guide offers a variety of techniques, including painting stones with colors or inks, painting on natural stone, and sealing the finished work. Projects range from simple to advanced and include suggestions for indoor and outdoor display, as well as instructions on how to style wearable objects such as pendants. A complete selection of templates provides motifs for every project as well as ample inspiration for developing your own designs.