A How-to For Painting Girly Cat Rocks

I saw these rocks originally on Pinterest and tried them out. These would make nice gifts.20180818_011005 (2)I used FolkArt Matte Acrylic paint in: 633E Baby Pink for the base-coat, which I applied with a sponge brush.  FolkArt COLOR SHIFT Acrylic paint Metallic Gloss Finish in: 5132E Purple Flash, was used for the flower centers.  Apple Barrel Matte Acrylic Paint in: 20741E Cloudless, was used for the blue petals. FolkArt Matte Finish Acrylic paint in: 901E Wicker White, was used for the white dots.

20180815_152230 (2)I used simple dotting tools that I made by sticking two different types of pins into pencil erasers, these were used for the bigger dots. I also used a toothpick and a straightened paperclip for the smaller dots. The paint brush in the above picture is a nail-art brush that I use for tiny details and for fixing paint smudges.

20180815_152247 (2)For drawing on the faces and tails, I used an Ultra-Fine Point Black, Sharpie Permanent Marker Pen. Try for nice graceful curves for the eyes, whiskers, mouth-cheeks and the tail. The nose is a tiny triangle. The ears are two upside-down capital letter V’s.

20180818_011121 (2)Use the larger pin dotting tool for the purple flower centers. Use the smaller pin dotting tool for the blue flower petals.

20180818_011005 (2)Use the toothpick or the paperclip to apply the small white dots to embellish the flowers.

20180818_010951 (2)And here is what the cats look like done with a light-blue base-coat. For these I used Apple Barrel Matte Acrylic Paint in: 21483E China Blue, for the base-coat. FolkArt COLOR SHIFT Acrylic Paint Metallic Gloss Finish in: 5131E Blue Flash, was used for the flower centers. Apple Barrel Matte Acrylic Paint in: 21473E Pale Daffodil, was used for the flower petals. And FolkArt Matte Acrylic Paint in: 633E Baby Pink, was used to embellish the flowers. The Black Ultra-Fine Point Sharpie pen was used for drawing on the face and tail on these. Be sure to wipe off the excess paint from the dotting tool-heads(the part that actually makes the dots) regularly with a water dampened paper towel so your dots will always be a consistent size.

So when these all have dried for several days I will varnish them with Delta Creative Ceramcoat Gloss Exterior/Interior Varnish. I use a soft camel hair watercolor mop-brush to apply the varnish, three coats top and bottom, which will protect the rocks from moisture and protect the paint and ink from chipping and scratches. On a hardness scale going from 0-1 for super easy to 10 for super hard, I’d rate these girly cats at a level 5. A steady hand is needed for drawing on the face and tail and for evenly applying the dots. Plus, when doing the dots, you don’t want the paint to be flat on the rock, you want a bit dimension to the dots so you kind of blob the paint on, just touching the point of your dotting tool to the rock. Practice doing the dots on a scrap piece of paper before you try them on the rock.

So, there you go! I hope if you have read this article that it was helpful for you! These girly cats make nice gifts for moms, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, etc. These cats would also look nice in a pastel green base-coat or a  pastel lavender base-coat. If you have read this far or even just some of this article thank you! I tried to make the pictures nice and clear to help illustrate what I was trying to explain. The simple dotting tools are also useful for making eyes on painted animals and putting dots on painted lady bugs. The dotting tools can also be used for dotting mandala stones. If you look on Pinterest or Google you can find lots of examples of dotted rock art and dotted mandala stones. And I got the idea for these girly cats from two pins on Pinterest from redeccascreations.3b0c5019c4fcb0247bdd60bdf4c4b357e1ff68a583ba6d66e55a9a652234ecba

These two, above are the two “pins” I was looking at for the pattern idea for my version of the girly cats. So, there you go, you can get very nice results with dot art and it’s not super hard to do. Happy dotting and happy crafting!