Art Project #16: Pet Rocks

I asked the boys if they'd like to paint some pet rocks for themselves.  I thought it would be a fun crating activity and something they'd all be OK participating with.

I have to admit that we're only on day 16 and I'm really starting to struggle with great art ideas that they'll all enjoy for our 100 Days of Art Challenge!

We looked up pet rock ideas on Pinterest and the internet for inspiration.  They then went and hunted up rocks to use.  Ian and Evan had some in their rooms and while Alec has a HUGE collection of rocks he didn't want to use any of those.  So, he found a new rock in our yard.

We pulled out brushes, tempera paint, chalk (for sketching designs), cups of water, paper plates (for mixing colors on), paper towels, and sharpie markers.

Alec took one look at the rock he found and told me he was going to make a woodpecker.  He explained where the crest would be, the beak and the eyes but I just could not "see it."  I worried he would not like the end result of his project or ask me for help and I'd feel unable to help him.  I tried to talk him into making something else but his mind was made up.  He told me he just needed to see a few pictures on the internet and he'd be fine.

Evan, meanwhile, wanted to make a turtle.  he found a nice big flat rock that we thought would be perfect.  I suggested he draw out his design in chalk before painting and helped him mix up the right colors of green.

Ian, who is not really my animal kid, decided he wanted to make a skeleton fish.  Not quite what I had had in mind but he's approaching those teen years and likes the color black, anything having to do with skulls and bones, and I've learned these are not battles worth my time or energy.  He was participating and happy about so I was happy too.

They all took a slightly different approach; Ian and Evan painted their whole rock first while Alec immediately set to work only painting portions of his bird as he drew them in.  We took breaks for the paint to dry when needed.

Evan drew out his drawing lines in chalk 

Alec drew out his lines in marker 

Then painted around them 

They added more details and even used Sharpie markers when needed for fine lines.

Adding shell details and eye spots 

Alec used a marker to add the line in the beak 

Ian used marker for the face 

Once they were all happy with their pet we sprayed them with a waterproof varnish and then they just loved that the varnish made them shiny.

The spray varnish made all the chalk lines disappear! 

They were all beaming and so proud of their work!

Our other art projects:
Project 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish


  1. Very creative and very beautiful. Even I am not a child I like to draw rocks also :)


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