Rock Stacking

I love the challenge of stacking rocks to see how high they get before toppling over.

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I also love to photograph rock stacks on our travels. The above and below images were taken on a trip to Presqu’ile Provincial Park.

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Wicklow Beach is a favourite place to walk, enjoy the water, and collect rocks to paint and stack.

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These small rocks were glued together and are used in the garden with some of my other rock projects.

Be sure to have a look at my rock projects and see all the other types of rocks I’ve painted.

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This rock stacking project led me to create some painted stacked rocks and will be left at various places where we go rock hunting and hiding.

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Steps in rock painting:

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
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After the rocks were cleaned, and arranged in lines of varying sizes, the painting began. Each little rock was painted a different colour, dried, and flipped and painted again. You need patience to do this part. It was also messy getting those little rocks painted.

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Then I started gluing the smaller rocks together. I only did a couple at a time as they started to slip if I did too many. Now it was time to let the glue dry thoroughly before making the rock stacks taller.

Each one had a larger rock for the base, painted both sides, and the words ‘Keep Your Balance” added using a permanent marker. Then the first layer of Mod Podge was added, making sure to get in between all the places where the rocks were glued together. A second layer of Mod Podge was added and then when dry a fixative was sprayed on.

Do you paint rocks? It can become an addictive hobby.

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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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5 Responses

  1. Lavender Dreams

    I have not done this…yet! But wouldn’t it be cool to leave some on the hiking trails. I’ve found a few over the years but not many. I need to do this for Christmas! Hugs!

    • Crafty Gardener

      I leave them out in various places, trails, beaches, downtowns, parks etc. You should leave some on the many trails you hike. I bet there is a group that does this in your area. It is so much fun to see who finds the rocks and where they rehide the. The groups I belong to have Facebook pages to share this info. Have a good day Diane.

  2. Myrtle

    I have enjoyed seeing all your rock painting an stacking. I love what you are doing with them. I do like rocks but never thought of painting them.

  3. Kim

    What a great and fun, creative way to display life advice. Somehow very apt for me at the moment.

    And on that (*inner* balance for me right now), thank you for stopping by with condolences on Nicki’s passing, I appreciate your time and care. I know that pet people have all been there and understand.

    Take care,
    Kim

  4. Teresa

    I love this idea, especially since you painted each rock a different color. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

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