I joined a rock painting/hiding group at the beginning of the summer. I didn’t really think too much of it, maybe it would be fun to see what other people were painting. Then my mom found her first rock in a tree while we were walking, and she got so excited about it that we went and got paint right afterwards. Little did we know that this cute idea would turn our kitchen into an art studio. I personally didn’t expect to love it as much as I do, but I’ve painted over a dozen rocks at least by now, and sometimes it’s hard to stop! Here are some of them below. I wanted to share a little more before I go on vacation this week!
These were my first rocks, from The Hunger Games, The Fault In Our Stars, Harry Potter, and the University of Washington Husky!
I also did a stain glass rose from Beauty and the Beast, in honor of my roommate’s love for the movie(s), and a sea turtle.
These two were inspired by my poem, “To The Universe,” which you can read from the Poetry tab!
These make up my “Seattle Series” which I now plan to add the Mariners, Sounders, and Sonics logos to after some requests on the page, haha! But for now, the Seattle skyline, another husky (since the first one was kept), a Seahawks logo, and Starbucks, of course!
This trio represents a lot of very important things in my life. The small heart has a saying from Houston Kraft, “Choose Love,” which is something I strive to do daily. The green rock on the top right reads “I got this!” A phrase that I lean on when I feel like I “don’t got this.” When my boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer almost three years ago, that was the first thing he said. Now he is two and a half years cancer free, and we could not be happier. The last rock represents a young girl named Esther who is well known in the “Nerdfighter” community, headed by John Green. I felt a strong attachment to her and her story, and celebrate Esther Day every August 3rd by sharing love. Tell someone you love them on August 3rd to honor her life and legacy!
This rock I finished yesterday – my first commission! On the Facebook page, someone asked for help painting their old house on this rock for their daughter. The rock had been a special spot for her, as she loved geo-caching, and used it as her marker. When they had to move away, she took the rock with her, and asked if she could have the house painted on it. I volunteered to help, and imagining the excitement on that little girl’s face brings me happiness each time I think about it! It was such a fun project.
Soon I plan to release an “I Go To Seek A Great Perhaps” rock from John Green’s “Looking for Alaska” (my favorite novel), all four Harry Potter Hogwarts house crests, and a snoozing dragon!
I definitely learned a lot more than I expected to learn from simply painting rocks. Not only is it strangely relaxing, but it gives you a lot of time to think about the things you find important. What do you want to share with the world? What do you think would make someone smile?