Thursday, August 27, 2020

Painting Rocks and Books that inspires us to draw

rock painting strawberry
We love books that simplify and teach us how to draw easily with techniques that anyone with any artistic skills can grasp and become good at. The Ten-Step Drawing Series are fabulous books we highly recommend, as these books are fun and have an approachable way of teaching how to draw for aspiring illustrators, doodlers, and art hobbyists. 
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We have been using Ten Step Drawing Flowers book to do drawings of flowers for many projects such as the water lily fabric painted bed sheet and pillow covers. We drew a variety of tropical flowers following the illustrations in the flower book on this canvas cloth and painted it with fabric markers. 
painted tropical flowers
The Ten Step Drawing Animals book teaches how to draw 75 animals that are wild, domesticated, sea, woodland, and pets. Ten-Step Drawing People teaches how to draw a figure from head to toe starting from drawing facial parts of the body then drawing different types of poses and expressions. Ten-Step Drawing Nature book has 60 animals, insects, and plants. We used the ideas on this Nature book to do the drawings of the strawberry and woodpecker on rocks. 
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The drawings on these river rocks are painted using a variety of Deco Art acrylic paint. 
rock painting strawberry
For this project you will need...

pencil 
eraser
acrylic paint
paint brushes
acrylic paint markers
rocks
varnish
rock painting woodpecker
It is optional to paint the base of the rocks. We had another image on these rocks and wanted to remove it, so we started off by painting a coat of white acrylic paint and let it dry. 
rock painting woodpecker
Draw the image on the rock with a pencil. Using small paint brushes paint the image carefully and let it dry between coats. 
rock painting woodpecker
I used acrylic paint markers to add fine detail, which was easier than using a paint brush.
painting acrylic paint marker
Apply varnish and let it dry. This will allow the rocks to retain its colour while it is kept outside.  
painting acrylic paint marker
These Ten-Step Drawing Series books have been useful for us to learn the basics and gain confidence to do more creative drawings and paintings. It encourage even the most reluctant artists to open up a sketchbook and try their hand at drawing. 
painting acrylic paint marker
We also like getting inspiration to draw from the How to Draw Almost Every Day and How to Draw Almost Everything from Quarry Books. 
ten step drawing
These books teach how to draw cute illustrations inspired by animals, people, everyday objects, patterns, borders, holidays, and more. Children and adults alike will enjoy following the arrows and completing each step starting with basic shapes and then adding details to personalize. 
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The tips and ideas for drawing variations are inspiring to draw and make our own one-of-a-kind notes and cards.    

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20 comments:

  1. I love to draw , not the best at it , but I sure have fun ! Love the books !

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  2. so many great ideas, love the fabric painted bed sheet and pillow covers!

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  3. I love the idea of painting rocks to decorate garden areas.

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  4. The rocks are very nice I love books on drawing

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  5. Painted rocks add a nice touch to a garden or flower bed.

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  6. The Ten Step Drawing Animals book is lovely

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  7. I would love the book about drawing flowers.

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  8. The painted rocks are beautiful

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  9. The ten-step drawing books would be fun!

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  10. Following the tips in these books would really improve art skills over time.

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  11. These rocks would look nice in a garden

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  12. I love the painted rocks - it's definitely a challenge drawing on them verses paper!

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  13. I like the labelled flowers drawn on canvas cloth - very pretty.

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  14. I wish i could paint rocks as good as some people do

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  15. Receiving a card with a hand drawn flower would be so thoughtful.

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  16. Painting rocks is a great winter project

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  17. I have seen painted rocks left around my community. They are to spread positive messages or just to make people smile when found.

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  18. We have done this with some rocks we gathered on a beach walk

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