I live in a small town in the mountains. Beauty surrounds me in the form of trees, flowers, and ROCKS! One local lady started a movement in Oakhurst that many are started to follow.
How to join? First, you will want to join Oakhurst Rocks on Facebook. If you want to be creative, just find a rock or 2 or 3 and paint them! If you just want to go seek, check the Facebook page for the clues and start your rock hunt.
I decided to be creative! I found 3 rocks in my yard. You will want to wash them to get all of the dirt off. Make sure they are completely dry before painting. I used acrylic paint and a clear sealer. Let the rock shape help you decide what to paint.
I started easy. The small one just screamed JACK SKELLINGTON!!! I started by applying a base coat of white acrylic paint. It needed 3 layers to make it a solid white. Once dried, I used the end of my paint brush to make the smile and nose. Then the brush to paint the eyes. Super simple!
The medium one was a little more tricky, because I chose to paint a fox. First, I painted the top of the rock white to give myself a nice canvas to work with. I’m not an artist by any means…so I started by using a super sharp Sharpie to outline the fox. Then I used orange and beige to paint the foxes fur…leaving the tip of the tail white and the ears white. I used the end of the brush to make some spots on the fur in black and gold. I also used the gold to accent the ears, tail and hip. After that I used a regular Sharpie to outline the features (only problem is when I sprayed it with the clear coat the Sharpie bled…but it kind of looks like fur, so I left it).
My last rock is by far my favorite. I noticed that many of the members of Oakhurst Rocks was intrigued by one members trailer rock…so I decided I’d give it a try. I chose to do a scene instead of turning the entire rock into the trailer. I first painted the rock white, then used a Sharpie to outline my trailer.
Again…I’m not an artist, but thank goodness my mother was super creative growing up and it rubbed off on me! Once I had the outline of the trailer I began to paint. I mixed colors and just had fun with it. Kira (my 7 year old daughter) wanted to help, so I let her paint a little of the grass.
It didn’t take long before my rock was complete! The hardest part was outlining the image with black. I really need to buy better paint brushes. LOL
Don’t forget to apply a coat of clear sealer so your rock lasts a long time!
On the back of each rock I wrote “Oakhurst Rocks” in hopes that the person who finds it will post it on on the Oakhurst Rocks Facebook page. If you do find a rock…you can leave it for others to find, keep it for yourself, or re-hide it and leave a clue on the Facebook page.