We certainly have all been spending a lot of time at home since the pandemic and shelter in place started in mid March 2020 for Ontario.
There’s no place like gnome!
I love garden whimsy and have lots of gnomes throughout the different areas – ceramic, wood and rock.
One of my projects during the stay at home time was to paint some gnomes on rocks, so that when we were able to get out and about again I would have some to hide.
Steps in rock painting:
- wash/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
I usually start my ideas with a sketch. Once the rock had a base coat I sketched the outline on in pencil. Some features were added with acrylic paint and some with permanent marker. One of these days I’ll try paint pens as I’ve read so many good reviews about them.
Some googly eyes were added to my rock gnomes before sealing. Some of these gnomes have been hidden and one has found a place to live in the garden.
One year I made some log gnomes and this year as I do some changes to the back tree garden they have been added there.
As well as lots of gnomes throughout the garden, there are also fairies.
Now in August, restrictions are slowly lifting and in my part of Ontario we are now in Phase 3 with limits on gatherings. We still aren’t venturing out very far and we are avoiding crowds.
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.
There is always lots to keep us busy around the house and garden.