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.
- Clean the rock
- Gesso is not necessary for the transfer here, it just adds tooth and depth. You can use watered down white paint. Let it dry.
- 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.
- Make a laser, toner based copy of the image you want to use. Ink jet copies don't work.
- Place the copy face down on the rock.
- 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.
- 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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