Painting Birch Trees on Rocks

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My adventures in rock painting led me to painting birch trees on larger rocks. Birch trees are always something I have wanted to paint and I’ve read lots of info on creating them on canvas but just never got around to it.

painting birch trees on rocks at cratygardener.ca
finished rock

The rock was about 15 cm (6 inches) high and came from my favourite place to collect rocks at Wicklow Beach.

On a lovely September day we went to the beach, which was only occupied by a large groups of gulls.

craftygardener.ca visited Wicklow Beach on a gorgeous September day, 2019
gulls enjoying the sunny day
  • First was to make sure the rock was clean and then give it a base coat front and back. I chose blue
  • Next was to paint the ground in, I chose green
  • Next was to paint in some trees on the horizon, these should be thinner than the rest as they will be in the background
  • Then add a few more trees in the foreground
  • Add some small branches on all the trees
painting birch trees on rocks at cratygardener.ca

Be sure to let each layer dry before moving on the next layer. You can always go back and add details later.

painting birch trees on rocks at cratygardener.ca
  • For the next step I used a piece of card stock, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) long. I painted black onto the edge of the card and carefully placed it at the right edge of the tree and swiped it to the right. How much paint you put on the card determines the width and thickness of the black.
  • Add some little tufts of grass at the base of each tree.
painting birch trees on rocks at cratygardener.ca
  • Some more clumps of grass were added to the remaining ground/grass areas
  • Add some small dots to represent flowers
  • I touched up some of the black parts by doing the same process with card but using white paint

Other rock projects:

This was a fun project to do and I will be certainly be painting more birch trees on rocks. Maybe I’ll even try them on canvas.

Do you paint rocks?

I hide lots of my rocks. They are for you to keep or rehide. You can even take a photo and share it with me or the Facebook group mentioned on the back of the rock. Please sign here or use the contact form if you see/find/keep/rehide one of them. Thanks in advance. I love knowing if my rocks are found and where they end up.

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Comments

  1. I had to move all of my rock off the cabin deck to be ready for John to put on our new decking. The large one I picked up at Goat Lake to make a frog was so heavy I had to cradle it against my body. I need to get that one and the two smaller ones painted for my frog family. For some reason I keep putting it off. – Margy

    • The new decking will be awesome, and then you can arrange things as you want them afterwards. Perhaps you will get to painting your rocks over the winter, you have been so busy this year with all your travelling.

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