Rock of the Sea

Hi Everyone,

Kassidy had some time for art, so she’s back this week on the blog.  She did a project for the Simon Says Stamp Summer Kid’s Challenge.  Since the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Nautical, Kass decided to do a nautical theme to enter in that challenge as well.  To be different, Kassidy decorated a rock.  Rock painting was popular when our daughter was a little girl.  She was 5.  She tried to sell her decorated rocks!  Ha!  Now, people paint rocks and put them in places for other people to find.  I understand that the rule is when you find one, enjoy the moment, then hide the rock for someone else to find.  Every summer our daughter, Angie and her friend, Jen, have art camp for their children and any others visiting during summer vacation.  During one session this year, they painted rocks.  Later, they took them to parks and different places to hide them.  The rock that Kassidy just painted is going to be in a high school rock garden where my husband works.


Here’s how Kassidy went about painting and decorating her rock.  Honestly, the rock reminds me of a filled donut.  Now THAT would have been an idea to use to paint on the rock!

  • smooth, rounded rock, washed and dried
  • Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Paint (Use a paint that won’t wash off when it gets wet).
  • craft sheet
  • wide paint brush
  • heat gun (or air dry)

I asked Kassidy why she didn’t paint the rest of the rock.  She answered, “That’s the sand.”

  • Heidi Swap Color Shine, Teal

Choosing a color scheme and practicing stamping

  • Memento Dye Inks – Rose Bud, Tangelo, Dandelion (Use dye inks, not pigment inks since the rock will be outside).
  • Inkadinkadoo Under the Sea Stamp Set – seahorse

Stamping the rock….. SCARY!  You can’t use the MISTI Stamping Tool to re-stamp here!

Sprucing up the color…..

  • Tim Holtz Distress Markers (dye ink) – Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed

Tracing  the seahorse with a dye pen makes the it show up better.

  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen, black, small point – Be gentle, as this could ruin the point on your pen.

13   Stamping the seaweed and bubbles.

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish Stamp Set
  • Memento Dye Inks – Bamboo Leaves, Bahama Blue

Adding glimmer

  • Stickles, Diamond – bubbles
  • Stickles, Stardust – seahorse

WOW!  The little light specks look so beautiful in the right kind of light.  And here is how the decorated rock looks in a different light.


The effect of light is so amazing.  Taking a photo repeatedly in the same stance in a second or two can change the look of the photo because light is ever changing.  Once again it reminds me of what an amazing Creator we have.

Genesis is the first book in the Old Testament, which for Christians means it is the first book in the Bible.  Here is what the first few verses say in the King James Version of the Bible.

Genesis chapter 1, verses 1-5:  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

I just realized for the first time that God did not say that the darkness is good.  That makes sense to me.

I hope you enjoyed Kassidy’s art project with a rock.  If you want to share some comment love, I will pass it on to her.  This would encourage her to keep on practicing.  Thanks a lot.  

Have a blessed weekend,

Mimi Tricia

P.S.  After everything dried on the rock, it was sprayed with Prismacolor Fixative Spray with a Matte Finish.



Simon Says Stamp Summer Kid’s Challenge Anything Goes with Sparkle

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Nautical

Word Art Wednesday Challenge #296-#297 – Anything Goes



5 thoughts on “Rock of the Sea

  1. lorraine says:

    Oh my goodness Kassidy, how awesome is this!! I love how you left a bit unpainted for the sand, and the glittered seahorse and seaweed is so pretty! I would want to keep this in my bathroom,,, LOVE it 🙂

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Kids Vacation Challenge
    Lols x x x

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  2. Anna-Karin says:

    This painted rock is stunning! I love the underwater scene that you created Kassidy and all the gorgeous details. The glitter on the seahorse is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

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