The Kindness Rocks Project
The craze has hit our small town and I am SO thankful for it. This summer The Kindness Rocks Project has been a huge success in neighboring communities all around us. Around the first part of June I started a Facebook group for our small town thinking that nothing would really come of it, but that it would give myself and our 4 year old something to watch grow. By the end of the first week we had several hundred members and we were set to be featured in the local newspaper along with another group that was also started in our county, but focused more in an area that we did not travel to very much.
Pictures started popping up on our group, families were out at all hours of the day and night hiding and seeking rocks and painting some real beauties in their spare time. Several kids painted over 100 by themselves and set out to hide them in some really unique places.
A few more weeks passed and a local television station was here to interview us about the group and how it had grown to over 1000 members in just a few weeks. It was such a cool experience for me, but especially rewarding for Jack who even painted a rock and gave it to the anchorwoman.
So this leads me to the point of this post. Many people have asked me to compile a list of my favorite rock painting tools and have asked where to get them. I have resorted to ordering from Amazon because our local craft stores can hardly keep these supplies on the shelves. Basic paint colors are hard to find here and other supplies are disappearing off the shelves as soon as the employees put them out.
This is the exact kit that I got started with. It has all of the basic colors, but also expands to some other creative colors that have allowed us to make some great rocks. Some of my favorites include Minions, ladybugs and some locally inspired art.
These are a must-have! I love having good quality brushes when painting our rocks. Some brushes have bristles that fall out and are not good quality at all. This entire set is less than $10!
#3 Paint Pens
These work great when you are wanting to do something a little more detailed on your rocks, but also don’t want the fading that comes with using some “regular” markers. These hold up to weather and anything else that can damage the rocks.
#4 Mod Podge
This is the last step in having the PERFECT rock! Sealing with Mod Podge makes sure that your rocks will last throughout any condition, especially if you are using the acrylic paints shown above. It is easy to apply and dries pretty quick.
There are some odd and end products that I use as well such as sponge brushes, glitter and of course clean up products such as paper towels, disposable cups for water (to clean brushes) and even use paper plates in exchange for the palettes in a pinch.
I hope these tips and products make your rock painting ventures extra fun and that your family enjoys spreading kindness throughout your community!