Thursday, March 8, 2012

Playing With Rocks

I've received a lot of interest in the romantic rock paperweight from my "Busy" post.

It's been pinned, and I've received emails about it.  Funny how something so simple speaks to us.  I used the Splendid Transfer method (found on my sidebar) after rubbing the surface with a little gesso.  You can read about gesso on my sidebar as well.  That's it.

That wasn't the only one I made, and I kept it.  I also did something similar to a broken piece of marble.

I used an Eiffel Tower image.

Like I said, it was a broken piece of marble.  I have quite a few pieces like this.  Even broken, they have great charm, and I can't toss them.

Now it sits with another little rock, and my chippy lavender filled urn.

Going to play with more rocks, and work on some furniture.

Here is a breakdown of how I transferred the images.

  1. Clean the rock
  2. Gesso is not necessary for the transfer here, it just adds tooth and depth.  You can use watered down white paint.  Let it dry.
  3. Use a "Splendid Blender" pen by Chartpak.  Other blender pens don't have the same chemical composition, and won't work.  Check out "Splendid Transfer" on my sidebar for more info on the pen.
  4. Make a laser, toner based copy of the image you want to use.  Ink jet copies don't work.
  5. Place the copy face down on the rock.
  6. Rub the pen over the image, while keeping the paper stable.  If it slides around, you'll get a blurry image.  Press hard till the image transfers.
  7. Make sure you have lots of ventilation when using the pen.

There are other ways to transfer images, but, this is how I did it with the rocks.

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Janis said...

I love these Rosemary! What a great idea! I need to go scavenge some broken marble...Thanks for sharing!!

Mitra Pratt said...

very lovely!

Anne said...

So simple yet so elegant.I love it.

Mary said...

The broken piece of marble is one of my favorites! They're just lovely!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You play with rocks so well Rosemary! Love them!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You play with rocks so well Rosemary! Love them!

Terry said...

Who could imagine such adorable pieces of art from rocks, lol. Really nice.

Olive Cooper said...

You ROCK the rocks Rosemary.

Nan said...

This really is so simple yet so pretty, Rosemary! What a great classroom project! I, too, need to find some "good rocks"! Thanks for the inspiration!"


Vicki said...

GREAT IDEA! And so easy! Thanks for stopping over and leaving me such a sweet comment on my tea towels. I'll be following. :)

debra valiante said...

they are very neat I've never seen anyone else do them etsy has a lot of crochet covered rocks (?) but these are so much more elegant

Rhissanna said...

My goodness, rosemary! You're a genius! The smooth pebble with the lady is so lovely. Simple and clever and lovely.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hey Rosemary I posted my bathroom with your towel rack in it..I know you don't follow me but come by and check it out..Thanks again my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Kris said...

Gosh Rosemary,

You remind me of me!! I can't hardly throw the bits and pieces of anything away. If I order something that has a pretty ribbon on it I recycle it or if I find a pretty card I am always thinking of what I can do with it.

Somethings are just to good to toss!!! Great idea on the marble!

Cindy said...

The marble and the rock are both delightful! :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

As long as you don't throw them, Rosemary! : ) I love that image ~ it is so soft and romantic looking. I thought of you today while out at an antique mall. I came across two small frames similar to those you find {and that I got in your giveaway} but they had pictures on them already. I wondered, if you paint that, can you then transfer another image on the piece? If so, I might have to look for them my next time there and pick them up.

lvroftiques said...

I love them both Rosemary! Will you be selling that lady rock perchance? Put me on the list of peeps who want one OK? *winks* FAA! Vanna

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those are so pretty. I have got to try doing some transfers.

The Porcelain Rose said...

I LOVE these!
I am always thinking of new ways to use and re-use things. I did something very similar with broken tiles.
Thanks for inspiring us!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

These are really great. I can see why they were noticed.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Love it Rosemary!! Pinning <3

Heaven's Walk said...

Once again, you amaze me with your creative genius, Rosemary! :)

xoxo laurie

Pamela said...

I have to say I would have never thought about that!

Peggy57 said...

Oh Rosemary you do have the gift of turning something so simple into a piece of art and beauty. Thanks for inspiring me.

torino maria said...

brava Rosemary...bellissimo ho gia' usato il trasferimento, ma non avevo mai pensato ai sassi , grazie per le idee che ci dai........

Marzia_Sofia said...

Great! Like ever time!!!!

Herballistic Garden said...

You really are soooo imaginative Rosemary...I'm impressed by these and think they'd look lovely in my garden as well! xo wendy

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Rosemary,
I love your romantic rocks! As a rock collector, you have certainly given me some new ideas for the rocks that won't be going in my display. Love your ideas! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


Green Willow Pond said...

Your rocks rock! Have you ever used the citrasolve transfer method? If so, how does that compare to the pen?

Little Miss Maggie said...

Hi, Rosemary. These projects are beautiful. I especially love your lady portraits. They are stunningly romantic!

Elisa said...

Oh my goodness these are soooo cute! Good for you and thanks for sharing!
home sweet nest

TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

These are beautiful! I have, er HAD a nice bag of flat stones waiting for a few projects. I think DH filed them. Dang... they would be perfect for this. Really, really cool. :)

Sharing Shadymont said...

Just beautiful!!

Jana said...

They look great.
I've been working on rocks all weekend (before I seen this post) amazing how all us crafters think up some of the same stuff. And here I thought I was original :0) My aren't like yours, btw yours are beautiful. I'll be posting mine later this week.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is so pretty! I would like to invite you to enter my Giveaway. I am celebrating my blog's third birthday. See you there :-)

LDH said...

Love this project! You make everything so beautiful! :)

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Romantic rocks! Great project Rosemary.

Ana Maria Pinho said...

Eu amei a sua arte e explicações...Obrigada por compartilhar gentilmente seus conhecimentos com todos..Parabéns pelo lindo trabalho.

Patty said...

This is so awesome. I want to try it.

Susan Smith said...

what is gesso

carmen said...

Hi Rosemary..I live in South Africa an would love to copy your stone imaging but have no idea what Gesso is an if we even have something like it here..thanks Carmen

Julie Carruthers said...

I loooooove this idea but since I am new at this could you "baby step" me through the exact process? I sure would appreciate the help.

Julie Carruthers said...

I loooooove this idea but since I am new at this could you "baby step" me through the exact process? I sure would appreciate the help.

Katherine Savord said...

This looks like a fun project, but I don't see the instructions that were promised. You just say you use Gesso. What do you do after you apply the gesso to the surface???? said...

This is such a good idea and i will try this, but my problem is, I live in Austria, Europe and there is no company who sell those Splendid Blender pen by Chartpak.
Most US Stores does not deliver to Austria. Any Ideas where to buy this pen in Europe? thanks

patt steele said...

I can't find your sidebar to check on the transfer information. LSO WHERE CN i FIND THE PEN?

Rosa Simmons said...

How do I do step 4? Is a special printer needed? Or is there a place that I can have the photo copied?

Feminist Baby Boomer said...

Will these images be permanent? I love this and must try!

Mehdi said...

Thanks for the post. You can also use lighter fluid instead of the pen.

PerkyPersian said...

Thanks for sharing ... How do you protect copied images on rock? is there a special clear coar you would use in form of spray?

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Nancy Rich said...

You can buy a big bag of these "egg rocks" at Home Depot for $9.99.

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carmen said...

I love this idea! How permanent is the image after transfer? Do you recommend using a sealant?