Can you believe it? Today is our 16th Daily Dose of Art. We hope POWER ROCKS will inspire you and help you power through the coming week. 

Step 1. On your daily walk, (socially distancing, of course) find several rocks… the flatter and smoother the better.

Step 2. Wash the rocks and lay them out to dry.  While your rocks are thoroughly drying, think of a saying or quote that inspires you.

Step 3. Trace the outline of your rock onto a piece of scratch paper so you can plan your design before applying paint to make sure that it will fit.

Step. 4.  (Optional) If you don’t have paint, experiment with various markers that you have on hand on lesser-prized rocks. Some markers will definitely work better than others.  

Step 5.  If you want a solid color background, paint the entire rock.  The background must be COMPLETELY dry before adding another color. If you’re too impatient, a blow dryer can speed things up.

If you like the natural color of your rock, no need to paint a background. 

Step 5.  Paint your design/quote on the rock. Your fingers can easily get in the way and smudge any paint that is not dry. To avoid smudging, don’t be in a hurry. Work in stages, letting parts dry before moving on. If you mess up, don’t worry.  You can get another rock or just repaint the background and start over.

Step 6.  If you love your completed POWER ROCK and want to keep it for an extended period of time, it should be protected with a sealer, like outdoor Mod Podge or clear spray Rustoleum. This will help keep the paint from chipping. And, since most of us don’t have sealer on hand, you can do this step at a future date.

(Idea:  Make several and surprise a neighbor by leaving one on their door step. Or give one to a member of your family that might need a pick-me-up.  You rock!)

Check out these finished rocks.  Simple or complicated… they are all inspiring. (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3, Fig 4)

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