The emergency exit to outdoor learning...
Would you believe the big explorer & I spent much of this week trying to find the best way to paint on our on rock collection? I finally found some pens like those you suggested & we'll be creating our own gems soon enough. The only limit is your imagination!
So many great ideas in this post Juliet - thanks for sharing them. I'm particularly drawn to the setup for creating a natural artwork. And I'm off to look up those pens. Just this week we were busy painting and drawing on driftwood, but even the permanent markers were pretty unimpressive.
Thanks for your comments. I actually had to limit myself on this post. My intention is to blog about stones in natural artwork too as well as stones as features in an outdoor space. Everywhere in the world rocks and stones are a common bond. Jenni I'm sure you can find the pens somewhere in Australia. They are expensive but last a long time. The consistency is similar to tippex except there's lots of different colours. If not let me know and I'll send you a packet! I made my first batch just over a year ago and the colours are still going strong.
I wrote a post about using stones for story telling a while back, but the site it was published on has since disappeared. Might give it a dust off and republish back on my own blog! (Will link here of course). Love those pens you used because they give such vibrant colours. Jenny if you find them anywhere in Australia please let me know!!
I'd love to see your story stones post. Yes bring it back to life! You owe this to your readers! LOL!
Oh yeah! This looks like something we ought to be doing. In searching for a readily available version of those acrylic paint pens I came across a site for surfers. Apparently they use these pens to decorate their boards. A lot of them like the Elmer's and Sharpie brands.
I love this post Juliet. Our dry creek bed would look even more irresistible with some rock art by the children! Like Jenny said, there are so many great ideas here. Thanks for the inspiration.Donna :) :)
Loved your stones, Juliet - How can we find out if someone like Jenny in Australia has been able to source those pens? I have a set of stones with aboriginal symbols that I made up last year with a fine black texta, which were a hit with storytelling around Aboriginal themes and dreaming stories.And we hope to have a dry creek bed soon in the dry old Mallee in Australia - as Sherry and Donna point out, the bigger stones with all sorts of drawings on them would be a great addition to this...I love the way the ideas buzz around and grow and take off...
I love this post! I can't wait to try the storytelling idea, and using numbers for math is fabulous too. Thanks for sharing this. You have a great blog, by the way. :)
Hi, just found your site tonight and I'm so pleased! Just a stone's throw away myself in NI, love your painted stones. We used painted pebbles for storytelling, my daughter found a beautiful long stone that was perfect for painting on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thanks for the link to Mindstretchers too :)
Thanks for your kind words, Carly. I love the idea of a long caterpillar stone.
In this post http://strasilo.blogspot.com/2011/01/sljuncana-slagalica-pebble-puzzle.htmland in this http://strasilo.blogspot.com/2011/01/jos-kamencica-more-pebble.htmlI write about pebble puzzle.
Thanks for these links Huana - much appreciated!
So many wonderful ideas here!I have linked to your post from my craft one, as I wanted to share the number stones. I hope you don't mind! Here's the link to the post: http://hodgepodgecraft.com/2013/06/20-reasons-to-paint-rocks-i-kid-you-not-part-2/Keep rocking! ;)
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