words and drawings on rocks

most of the things i work on have to have some sort of a purpose or use. to be honest, i feel like i’m wasting my time otherwise. i like to think that i am practical, but i think if anyone were to look closely enough, they would learn that i’m not.

enter exhibit a: i own a salad spinner. each time i use it, i hear the word “frivolous!” in my head. and that frivolous is said in a high pitched, slightly eccentric “fabulous!” sort of way. with the possible snapping of fingers over my head in a zigzaggy fashion. it really is over-the-top if you think about it. a giant piece of plastic, taking up all that space in my cupboard away from potential vintage pyrex purchases, only to be used to centrifugally spin water away from my spinach leaves? i am reminded of my frivolity each time i visit my mom, who has been washing then drying vegetables all her life with a quick and simple toss within a towel. “see ana? not hard…” she reminds me. i like this joke we share. and i am not getting rid of my salad spinner anytime soon.

enter exhibit b: these rocks i shared last time.

words on rocks close up

i don’t know what purpose they serve. if i were to conjure up a use, i might say that they could be used as paper weights. but in all these years, my desk has never been caught in a wind tunnel and so i can’t imagine ever really using them for that purpose. i suppose i could use some epoxy, like cement glue, and glue magnets onto the back of them and put them on the fridge. but if you’ve seen my fridge, you’ll know that there is very little real estate left for such things.  my fridge is covered mostly in artwork by the kids, and a little dry erase board where i make lists (more about my lists in an upcoming post). i’m not really the type who puts things like this out as decor, like those decorative balls in a bowl (though i have put skulls in a cheese dome, so anything is possible i suppose).  i guess i could put them in my sewing space, for darning socks. i could see the blog post already, “sock darning rocks!” haha. hmmm…

but my point is that i got utterly and completely lost in making these. it was one of those creative outlets i’ve mentioned before. the kind where you put your head down and get to work, then look up and your kids have trashed the house a whole hour has flown by.

words on rocks

they were very simple to make. a shiny bag of rocks purchased at the craft store. my trusty black fine tipped sharpie marker. that’s it.

i’m sure you can imagine the possibilities, and come up with your own creative uses for these.

but for me? well, at the risk of sounding so very woo woo new age earthy mama, the process was so very… zen. relaxing. such a smooth drawing surface that didn’t soak up the ink thirstily like paper does. the contrast of the black on white. the weight of the small rock in my hand. they are only about 1.5″ (4 cm) long. my breathing slowed down, i’m sure, as i was holding each rock still to draw the little words. .

you can come up with variations on these that would suit your personality. i tried little paintings. my kids have since wandered off with these ones…

acrylic painting on rocks

acrylic paint, coated with a thin layer of waterproof sealant (wait 24 hours before adding the sealant, it will smudge the painting otherwise). if each stone carried a letter, it could be a gift to that word nerd or lover of typography in your life. if you don’t have such a person in your life yet, hello… i’m available for both positions.

as for the particular set of words above, i made them as a gift for a friend, with words that reminded me of her. i’ll let her decide what to do with them. your suggestions for use are certainly welcome…

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21 Responses to words and drawings on rocks

  1. Tara Benwell says:

    These are so beautiful. I see them as those little artifacts from childhood that you’ll never forget. You know what I’m talking about? Those little “objects” that stick in your mind when you think about the early years of your life. Though I try not to keep clutter in my home I have to remind myself that my kids need a few things like these for their treasure boxes (or mine). I don’t want their childhoods to be “objectless”. I want them to remember the red spoon we made cookies with or the little white pillars from my parent’s wedding cake that we use for the “Christmas scene” each year. This is another reason to keep some toys longterm even when your kids seem to have outgrown them. Love those rocks.

    • imadeitso says:

      i know exactly what you mean, and struggle with the clutter thing as well. i have a feeling they will remember that red spoon. when an object is attached to taste buds, i think there is a higher likelihood of it being remembered :)

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  3. ~*~Patty says:

    Love your art rocks Ana
    I am a firm believer in creating or making something just because….
    I can
    I want to
    or I must ;)

    and you guessed it…I {heart} my salad spinner and I am NOT a gadget girl at all…it just works so well and I have tried the towel spinning method heehee

    such a sweet and special gift for your friend
    are you going to decorate a little box or bag to put them in….just because :)

  4. Ooo, I like the idea of the letters. You could create your own homemade syzygy game to gift!

  5. Kristina says:

    I love these! The black on the crisp white is so beautiful!

  6. Jess says:

    Those are so incredibly gorgeous! The concept may be simple, but you have to have true artistic talent to make it work :)

  7. Angie says:

    How sweet! I love painting on rocks. I think the drawstring pouch idea is perfect.

  8. Andrea says:

    With a hot glue gun some screws and scrap peices of wood (or wooden dowels) these could be great drawr pulls or even the used as a decorative end of coat/purse/stuff hooks. They remind me of great vintage porcelain drawer pulls and other doodads.

  9. googiemomma says:

    so cute! i love love love the little quail/pheasant-y one :)
    they look very similar to the white ceramic knobs i just decorated for our new bathroom vanity. (still waiting for the googiehusband to finish installing them all so i can do a post about it)
    but i used a porceline (sp?) pen. i’m wondering if it was worth it. you bake them after you’re done…but i’m fairly certain i could scratch the design off with my nail. i’m just too afraid to try it. grrrr….
    should have stuck to the trusty sharpie.

  10. imadeitso says:

    thanks for the kind words everyone. cool idea about the doorknobs, andrea and googie. i wonder if you can add a layer of varnish on top (or even clear nailpolish) of the ones you made, googie. looking forward to seeing the finished project!

  11. Lindsay Ann says:

    I can see how that would be incredibly relaxing.

    I like the idea of making them and leaving them in little pots around the house so your kids can pick them up and make what they will with them (my mother is shuddering as I say this). =]

  12. Your rocks rock my socks ;) haha
    The words on them are written exactly as they should be – like you imagined them in your head while ‘zenning’. Keep what makes you happy. It’s the simple things that make the difference. If you had a great time making something, don’t ever feel that doesn’t serve a purpose, or that you must find one. Keeping you creative was enough – and is worth it.

  13. Amy Zimmer says:

    Awesome. I love painting on shells and drift wood too…

  14. Michele says:

    Love your rocks and would be interested in buying some. I am not crafty at all :( I have searched the stores and the internet and what you have made would be perfect for a bowl I received for Christmas. I would send you cash and shipping charges upfront. Let me know if you are interested. thank you in advance~Michele

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