Painted Owl Rock – Whoo’s There?
We’ve been slowly working on cleaning up our back yard. It’s a big, unfinished mess right now. I lovingly refer to it as our “death trap yard.” It really has so much potential, but potential sometimes means it needs lots and lots of time, and money. So it’s coming together slowly, a little here and a little there. My shed is in the backyard and often on my way out there I encounter a little more of the death trap than I would like. This is the one downfall to having a craft shed! This particular day as I was headed out there with my arms full of craft supplies I tripped over a larger rock that had been removed from a garden bed and should not have been on my path. I managed to catch myself before falling, but I can’t say the same for all of the supplies I was carrying. I was annoyed! When I went to move the rock from the path though an idea came to mind. Sometimes creativity arrives at the oddest times. Instead of putting the rock to the side of the path, I cleaned it off with the garden hose and brought it into the shed with me. I’m so glad I did! I turned a pathway hazard into the cutest little welcome owl!
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This is such a simple project. All you need is a decent sized rock with a smooth side, a pencil, some acrylic craft paint, and a sealant.
After my rock was cleaned up I drew a cute little owl onto it and the words “WHOO’S THERE?” I love owls, and it’s slowly over the years evolved into a bit of a collection. I thought a cute little owl would look great out on the front porch.
Using Americana Multi Surface Satin Acrylic craft paint I filled in my owl drawing. The multi surface paint stayed on the rock much better than I hoped!
I painted the letters in purple, and the owl in varying shades of Turquoise and aqua. His cute little beak and feet are shimmery gold.
To give the paint a little more outdoor durability I used my very favorite varnish finishing sealer. Soft Touch Varnish can be used over most paints, and is super durable. It’s approved for indoor, or outdoor use and so far it’s holding up fantastically. It went on the rock with no problems. I used two coats and let each dry completely.
Isn’t it so adorable? It makes me smile every time I come home and see it there on my porch. I like it even more now that I’m not tripping over it!