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Rock art handbook : techniques and projects for painting, coloring, and transforming stones / Samantha Sarles.
Publication Information:
East Petersburg : Fox Chapel, 2018.

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
"A guide to how to decorate rocks, utilizing a variety of decorative mediums and articles. Meant for both novices as well as experienced crafters, including a segment on projects to share with children"-- Provided by publisher.
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745.723 SAR Book Adult General Collection

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Rock art is showing up everywhere--on Etsy, at craft shows, online, and on hidden "kindness rocks" around your neighborhood. And the good news is you can do it yourself! Just look in your own backyard, a nearby beach, or the local gardening center to find the perfect rock. Then with the help of a few colorful craft supplies and the tutorials in Rock Art Handbook, you'll be on your way. Author Sam Sarles shares her favorite tips and techniques for transforming the humble rock into a work of art. Discover how to get great results with puffy paint, acrylics, oil pastels, alcohol inks, gelatos, art pens, embossing, stamping, and more. With more than 30 step-by-step projects, this book is the comprehensive rock art resource.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Finding the Right Rocks and Prepping Rocksp. 8
Where to Find Rocksp. 10
Prepping Rocks for Artp. 12
Choosing Colorp. 16
Chapter 2 Sealantsp. 18
What to Look Forp. 20
Chapter 3 Acrylic Paintp. 24
Basic Suppliesp. 26
Dot Paintingp. 29
Ombré and Gradient Backgrounds for Silhouette Designp. 34
Stencilsp. 36
Painting Galaxiesp. 38
Painting Abstract Flowersp. 40
Painting Housesp. 42
Painting Peoplep. 44
Henna Rocksp. 48
Chapter 4 Markers and Pensp. 50
Paint Markersp. 52
Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pensp. 54
Black Outline Pensp. 55
Gelly Roll Pensp. 56
White Gel Pensp. 57
Metallic Markersp. 58
Highlightersp. 59
Chapter 5 Drawing Mandala and Zentangle Designsp. 62
Outline Mandalas with Markersp. 64
Filled-in Mandalas with Markers and Pensp. 66
Zentangle Design over Backgroundsp. 68
Zentangle Design without an Outlinep. 70
Chapter 6 Marblingp. 72
Marbling with Nail Polishp. 74
Marbling with Acrylic Paintp. 82
Chapter 7 Colored Pencilsp. 86
Colored Pencil Shadingp. 89
Watercolor Pencilsp. 90
Chapter 8 Decoupagep. 92
Paper on Rocksp. 96
Napkins on Rocksp. 98
Fabric on Rocksp. 102
Finishing Touchesp. 103
Tissue Paper on Rocksp. 104
Temporary Tattoosp. 106
Chapter 9 Creating Unique Backgroundsp. 108
Watercolor Rocksp. 110
Alcohol Inksp. 112
Sharpies and Alcoholp. 116
Gelatosp. 120
Metallic Backgroundsp. 124
Chapter 10 Embellishments and Texturesp. 126
Puffy Paintp. 128
Stickersp. 131
Glitterp. 132
Beads and Charmsp. 134
Rhinestonesp. 135
Chapter 11 Rocks and Kidsp. 136
Rocks for Learningp. 138
Supplies and Techniques for Kidsp. 143
Possible Usesp. 152
About the Authorp. 159
Indexp. 160