Painted Paisley Stones- fun painting project!

by Susan Myers on February 6, 2014

I love the look of paisley and I love to paint, so it was just natural to decide to paint a bunch of rocks with a paisley pattern!  This easy project took a bit of time, but the results are colorful and very paisley-like!  Painted Paisley stones make beautiful decorations in your garden or potted plants, or even on your desk as a paper weight!  Want to know how?

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I’ve painted rocks before.  My Snowflakes Stones with bling tutorial is very popular right now.  I’ve also done a lot of work with paisley- for example, my gossipy Paisley Chickens.  I also work a lot with acrylic metallic paints.  Some examples of projects using metallic paints include my Faux Tin Tiles and Embossed Metal Carousel Horse.  This week, I combined the projects and came up with some sweet paisley stones!

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 For this project I used:

Assorted sizes of river rocks (smooth rocks)
Acrylic black paint
Assorted colors of Acrylic Metallic Paints
Matte Mod Podge

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 I needed some pretty river rocks.  Where would I get these?  Well…the local fish restaurant has an awesome bit of landscaping which involves thousands of river rocks.  So… I suggested eating at the fish place to the hubby, who thought it was a grand idea!  Little did he know that I had ulterior motives!  To my husbands’ total embarrassment, I asked the manager if I could have some rocks.  Ha!

The manager gave the okay, although come to think of it, he did look at me funny.  And then my husband had to bear the embarrassment of standing outside while I picked out my favorites.  He was quite certain that at any time, a police officer would show up demanding what we were doing.  Yep. I’m sure they regularly patrol the fish parking lot looking for rock pilferers.  Honestly, you’d think he’d be used to this kind of stuff by now!  Anyway…I got my rocks!

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Mom comes over every Sunday and helps me with the multiple craft projects that are always piled in my work room.  This time I handed her my sweet pile of rocks and a paintbrush and asked her to paint them all black.  Mom doesn’t question my motives because she knows it will eventually be something nice.  So, she grabbed the paint and went to work!

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Both sides were painted black with regular black acrylic paint.  I chose this because I thought it would be a good contrast against the brightly colored metallic paints.  It took two coats on each side to get good coverage.

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I then had Mom paint on the paisleys.  Paisleys are rather easy to paint.  Simply paint a tear drop shape, then add a curled tail to it.  Using various colors of acrylic metallic paint and turning the paisleys this way and that, we covered all the stones with a paisley pattern.

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I then added more details after each color dried, adding new colors in dots, flowers, and teardrops.

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To add contrast, touches of the black acrylic paint were used to create borders and extra design on the paisleys.

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 Each stone is different and each has a different color scheme.

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 The final touch was to seal the entire project with Matte Mod Podge.  The Mod Podge protects the paint, keeping it from chipping.

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 They would look just beautiful as a garden decoration or an addition to a potted plant!

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And wouldn’t it be fun to tuck a few of them back into the landscaping at the fish place as a little thank you?  The hubby just gave me a concerned look.  Ha!

Love the paisley stones, but don’t have time to make them?  They are now in my shop!

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1 Kaitlyn May 4, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS IDEA! I think its a PERFECT Mother’s Day idea since it’s in the Spring! I won’t be doing in this year since I didn’t find it in time, but it hit the list of my favorite 24 projects I’ve found. I just created my new blog and my first real post was 24-Mothers Day Gifts that don’t Break the Bank! I shared this, and wanted to let you know in case you need any additional kind of credit/linking. I pinned it for ideas for next year!

http://freshlymessylife.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/24-mothers-day-crafts/#more-25

THANK YOU!

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2 Lori April 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

I leave painted rocks everywhere I travel tucked in flower pots in vail village Colorado Atlanta zoo Washington, D.C. Museum, etc fun, huh?

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3 Cristin @ Eve of Reduction March 12, 2014 at 9:48 am

It’s so funny how we can get funny looks in the pursuit of creativity. Did you tell the manager he’d get some free publicity on your blog? I love the black with the lighter metallics – so pretty!

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4 deb February 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

this are really nice.I live on a farm and mostly “raise” rocks in the summer.These would be a great local project, very nice! Thanks

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5 jet February 9, 2014 at 12:07 pm

lovely and still strong of looking. awesome done!!!!
thank you for the tute and sharing.

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6 Susan Myers February 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

You are very welcome! They were lots of fun to make!

suzy

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7 Corinne February 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

These are beautiful….my weekend inspiration for this week! Thank you!

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8 Susan Myers February 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm

You are very welcome, Corinne!

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9 Ann Martin February 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Pretty! They look like fun to do and i bet it’s a relaxing process.

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10 Susan Myers February 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Thank you, Ann! Yes, painting paisleys is very relaxing.

suzy

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11 Tiff February 7, 2014 at 4:51 pm

I love these!

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12 Glenda February 7, 2014 at 2:09 am

Those are great. (And I love the idea of you putting a few back into the fish place’s stash). I’d like to see one of the rocks done up like your Ukrainian eggs (which are fabulous by the way).

I have a question that I’m hoping as you’ve done so many crafts you might have some chance of answering. And it does pertain to rocks so sort of appropriate for this thread. Do you know what sort of glue can be used (successfully) to adhere metal to small stones (basic river rocks)? I tried hot glue but the metal bits just pop right off.

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13 Susan Myers February 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm

Hi Glenda! Thanks for the kind words!

As for your question, I use Gorilla Glue for bonding metals to metal or stone. You can find a description here: http://www.gorillatough.com/index.php?page=gorilla-glue . It works great, but be sure to use just a tiny bit as it expands when it dries.

Hope that helps!

suzy

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14 Paula Thompson February 7, 2014 at 1:28 am

Wow this is lovely Susie you are very talented I’m gonna try this today do you think I would be able to do this on stones? I haven’t got any river stones I love your page I’ve done your cockerel stain glass painting my family were very impressed being I’ve never been creative before thank you for sharing x

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15 Susan Myers February 11, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Hi Paula!

Yes, you can do this on regular stones! I went for river rock because I love the shape. Would love to see what you come up with!

suzy

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