We are still having really hot, hot weather and the gardens desperately need a good soaking rain. I keep the veggies watered but just can’t risk using the well water for anything else.
My latest rock project was to make a couple of pots of cacti.
I picked out the longer shaped rocks and all the shades of green paint I have and started painting. Many times I mixed the shades of green together and when they were dry added some details to represent the spikes or spines on the cactus.
The first group of cactus is displayed in an oversize blue mug on a table on the deck. I love how it looks with a couple of other blue pots planted with sempervivum.
This mug was filled with dirt first, then the rocks set in and small rocks added to the top.
Steps in rock painting:
- clean the rocks
- paint each side of the rock, (this is my choice but not necessary), sometimes the natural rock is really pretty
- let dry thoroughly before turning over
- add your details, let dry
- add a Mod Podge gloss layer, (again this is my personal choice), let dry before doing the other side
- you can add a second Mod Podge gloss layer if you wish
- let dry
- spray with a fixative, sealant, or a varnish
- let dry completely before turning over, the longer you let it dry the better the finish will be
A second pot of cactus was set up in an orange/beige pot. This time I filled the pot with all small stones, set the rocks in and added a few more stones.
At least these cactus don’t need watering.
When I get back to my favourite place to get rocks I’m going to get lots more small ones and replace the dirt in the blue mug.
This is a list of all the different rocks I’ve painted. I do hide lots of my painted rocks but these are ones for the garden. I love garden whimsy and in the photo below you can see some painted rocks, my fairy house, and a mosaic stepping stone.
A favourite rock project was the gate tree that I made a few years ago.