Ladybugs rock!

I’ve noticed a lot of ladybug painted rocks online, so I thought I’d try my hand at making some of my own.
I started by painting a few small, smooth stones with black acrylic paint.Once dry, I used a pencil to outline where I’d be painting their red wings.
Then, I painted the areas with a couple of coats of red acrylic paint.
Next, I added the black polka dots by dipping the eraser at the end of my pencil into the black paint and dabbing the polka dots onto the red areas. What an easy way to paint small, perfectly round circles!

Then I used white paint and a bit more black to paint on the eyes.

Once dry, I sprayed them with a clear matte protective finish.
Definitely one of the easiest painting projects I’ve ever done—with fantastic results.

I plan to paint a bunch of them to place around my garden.

Here they are social distancing. 🙂

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Hmmm… What to do with some plain old rocks?

Why not turn them into colourful owls!
First, I drew a pencil outline on each rock.
Next, I used acrylic paints to fill in my outlines.
Then I outlined everything in fineline black marker.
Next, I used my paints and a fine brush to fill in each area with doodles and dabs.
Once the paint dried, I sprayed each rock with a matte preservative.
Now, what to do with those painted rocks?
Really, you can put them anywhere—on a table, in a garden, etc.
I decided to frame mine.

Since the owls themselves are so “busy,” I decided that the background should be plain.
I painted a black tree silhouette on a plain white canvas.
Once dried, I used heavy-duty construction glue to glue each owl in place on the canvas.
Again, to keep the focus on the owls, I used a plain black frame to box them in. And there you have it. Instant art from rocks picked up on the Lake Ontario shoreline.
As always, my little partner in crime hung out with me to “help.”

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