The Village of Rockville

posted in: Nature Crafts, Rocks, Whimsy | 7

Several years ago before I started painting rocks to hide, I painted some rock houses for the garden. Over the years the paint has worn away and finally this year when it was time to put the garden to bed for the winter I brought the rock houses inside for some remodelling.

repairing the rocking' village at craftygardener.ca

Originally there were eight houses in this collection but the smallest one had cracked and had to be demolished!

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original Rockville

First all the paint that could be peeled away was scraped off. Then they sat in the craft room from me to work on. In between other projects I started fixing them up.

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in desperate need of remodelling

I do have original photos but it was a challenge to match them exactly. Sometimes I didn’t have that particular colour of paint, so had to mix a few colours to come close to the original colour. I painted windows on the back of the rocks and made sure the underneath was painted and sealed too.

repairing the rocking' village at craftygardener.ca

Thank goodness these old houses didn’t have preservation orders on them so I could adjust paint colours, doors and windows as necessary.

Rockville Village at craftygardener.ca
remodelled and waiting for display in the garden

After scraping, repainting and adding some details the rocks were sealed in a glossy Mod Podge, then give a coat of dishwasher safe Mod Podge and they will be sealed with an outside sealant in the spring. Watch for where I display them in the garden in the spring.

Rockville displayed on the path garden at craftygardener.ca
the original Rockville displayed on the path garden

This is the original post about the Rockin’ Village. I had purchased this book by Lin Welford and it is full of fantastic tips for choosing and painting the rocks.

Painting Houses, Cottages and Towns on Rocks by Lin Wellford

I’ve been painting 4 little cottage rocks for hiding in the spring. These were fun to make and I hope the folks that find them will enjoy them.

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little cottage rocks

The rocks fit into the palm of your hand, were quick and easy to paint and finish.

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little cottage rocks

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
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I’m looking forward to hiding these little cottage rocks.

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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7 Responses

  1. Margy

    So cute. I need to get going on some projects for fun. Too much indoor goofing off this winter. – Margy

  2. Kristie

    I love this! I’m doing rock painting with some upper elementary students in a few weeks- I’ll have to show them this post. I might even have to order that book. You should share it at the Little Cottage Link Party. It’s open until 9 am on Thursday.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Kristie, thanks for stopping by and mentioning the Little Cottage Link Party. I have joined for this week and I’ll check out some of the other links. This would be a great little project to do with school kids. Hope it turns out well.

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