Rock painting can be a great way to practice mindfulness as it allows you to focus your attention on the present moment while engaging in a creative activity.
Remember, the goal is to relax, reduce stress and anxiety and enjoy the process of creating, not to produce a perfect piece of art. So, have fun and let your creativity flow!
Materials & Equipment
A couple of flat rocks
Acrylic paint and brush
Acrylic markers (I used fine markers with 1mm nibs)
Clear spray varnish – optional
- Collect some smooth and flat rocks that are easy to paint on. You can also buy a pack of rocks from a craft store or a garden centre.
- Find a quiet and peaceful spot where you can paint your rocks: a local park, beach, garden or even a balcony.
- If the rocks’ colour is not very even, you may want to cover them in one colour of acrylic paint first; it will also make the texture smoother and easier to work with.
- Leave aside to dry for a couple of minutes. You can use this time to think of a design or pattern for your rocks.
- Once the rocks are dry, start decorating them with markers.
- Take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t worry about making mistakes or creating a perfect masterpiece.
- Optionally, once the rocks are finished, you can spray them with clear varnish to seal the paint.
- You can choose to keep your painted rocks as a reminder of your mindfulness practice, or you can give them away as gifts to friends and family.
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