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Name: Kassia
Framingham, MA (Zone 6a)
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kassiap
Mar 12, 2012 8:39 PM CST
Hello, I keep looking here and admiring your creativity and beautiful things... I am not very good painting anything ... but I try...

Just want to know what kind of paint to use for painting rocks - I want to use some rocks for signs for some of my herbs... are there any permanent markers for rocks that wont wash out??? I appreciate your help!!! Thanks...
Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 12, 2012 8:53 PM CST
I do like that idea! Did a quick search and came up with this:

"River rocks, with their smooth sides and hefty weight, are ideal for plant markers. Use a permanent marker or an etching tool to write each plant specimen's name on a rock, spray the writing with acrylic sealer and tuck the rock close to the plant."

Another site also mentioned using acrylic paint for painting on rocks, and then sealing with clear acrylic spray.

No idea how well this would work, but it sounds good! Smiling
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Name: Kassia
Framingham, MA (Zone 6a)
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kassiap
Mar 12, 2012 8:56 PM CST
Thanks Woofie!!!! I have some rocks washed and will try... I just want something different ... my sister is a real artist and I am going to make her work her magic... I need to get the acrylic sealer... thanks again...
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 12, 2012 9:05 PM CST
If it works out, you should submit it as a Tip!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Mar 12, 2012 11:38 PM CST

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I've painted rocks for years (and bricks and edgers) and you can use acrylic paints with no problem. We have a tutorial here somewhere, I'll see if I can find it for you, Kassia.

The most important thing to do prior to painting is to make sure your rocks are really clean. I use a wire brush or a kitchen scrub brush. depending on the rock.

Be sure to show us what you do! Green Grin!
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Mar 12, 2012 11:40 PM CST

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The thread "Turtle Rock Paint Project Tutorial" in Garden Art forum

Here you go!

Also, if you type ROCKS in the search forum on the right side of this forum, you'll find other great ideas!
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Name: Kassia
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kassiap
Mar 13, 2012 6:29 PM CST
Thanks so much Becky & woofie... I will post the final product!!!! I have great ambitions... today I washed about 20 rocks - good size ones... they are drying inside the garage tonight and tomorrow I hope they will get sun and really be dry... my sister told me she is going to help me... so there is a chance for something beautiful!!! Shrug!
Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 13, 2012 6:39 PM CST

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It must be rock washing time Rolling on the floor laughing

I've had three 5 gallon buckets filled with rocks letting them soak in dish washing liquid and ammonia. I got them all put back today.
Name: Kassia
Framingham, MA (Zone 6a)
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kassiap
Mar 13, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Becky it's wonderful... I have a thing for turtles... I have one ... he is so mine... I found the egg, he hatched and lives with me since 2006... I showed my sister and she is going to try it... so excited!!!!

I just washed mine with soap used a brush and I just checked and they look dry... just found my stache of acrylic paint and let's see what is going to happen...
Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Mar 13, 2012 10:01 PM CST

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Kassia, I sure hope....rally hope that you have fun while painting your rocks and can't wait to see what you do! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 14, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Oooh, I've always wanted to paint some tiny rocks with a ladybug design, but alas I don't have any artistic talent .. or maybe it's patience I don't have. You should have seen the mess I made trying to paint an old headboard. It wasn't pretty! Green Grin!

Kassia: Please post some photo's of your rock art creations when you get them done.

Becky: Confused I don't see the "Search" box at the top right of the forum anymore! Is it my computer?
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Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Mar 14, 2012 6:52 AM CST
Love this idea Thumbs up I think Im going to get some rocks this weekend. I think
they will make Great markers for my plants Hurray!

Lin..Little Lady bug rocks would be so cute Lovey dubby
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 14, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Shannon, I think little ladybug rocks would be adorable ... and you'd think I could paint a rock red with black dots ... but I guarantee you wouldn't be able to tell that it was supposed to be a ladybug, it would just end up looking like a polka dotted rock. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Mar 14, 2012 11:01 AM CST

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Lin, the search is on the home page but it's not at the top but under the box on the right.

There is a thread on ladybug rocks here too! Green Grin!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 14, 2012 1:35 PM CST
Yes, it's under the "Random Plant" on my screen.
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DEMinPA
Mar 14, 2012 2:22 PM CST
I use acrylic paints. My first rock was a cat. I have tried several times and can never duplicate it.


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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Mar 14, 2012 2:24 PM CST

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BEAUTIFUL - Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 14, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Oh DEMin ... those are wonderful!! Thumbs up
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 14, 2012 2:43 PM CST
Oh, that kitty is outstanding! What fun!
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Name: Pegi Putnam
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Samigal
Mar 14, 2012 2:47 PM CST
Glad I found this thread as I love rocks too and hoping to do some painting. Of course, I have no artistic talent, but I can give it a try. I love that cat rock!! All are so pretty, I may have to trace something pretty on them first. Hilarious! I know I have several containers of rocks, just have to locate them.

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