Before I get into painting garden stones, I have a question for you.

Have you ever been bored painting on the same old canvas, or the same old art journal.  You’re craving something different, something with texture and substance, but not so hard to create that it takes you days… you want create something unique and fun in under 30 minutes.

Am I close?

Usually when one of my students is stuck due to boredom, I will ask a couple of questions:

Start with an idea, what would you like to paint? 

  • a landscape
  • pet portrait
  • animal painting
  • human portrait
  • birds
  • wildlife
  • abstract

Take the idea of painting (insert idea here) and what would you like to paint it on?

  • canvas
  • art journal
  • watercolour paper
  • masonite
  • wood panel
  • masonry/brick
  • garden stones
  • flagstone

and since you are reading this and I can’t hear what you are whispering to me, let’s try painting a sunset on garden stones.

Don’t worry if it sounds complicated, it’s much easier than it sounds.

For this post, we’re going to continue the series of painting spirit stones and by the time you finish the initial 4 in the series:

you will have a great understanding as to the endless possibilities of what you can create.  

I’m going to include the information on the stencil reference in case the garden stones you have are large enough for a stencil, but I’m also going to include the sketch, so you can use that, along with the Line-Less grid system to copy it.  Of course, you are welcome to freestyle any type of silhouette bird on any shape of garden stones that tickles your fancy.  You can get a printable supply list and the sketches below.

Takeaway tip:  if you are giving the spirit stones or the garden stones as gifts or to sell, make sure you varnish them with outdoor varnish, so all types of environments are covered.

Ready to get started?


How to Paint Dramatic Garden Stones

Garden Stones Featuring Freestyle Silhouette Birds at Sunset

Ready to Make This?

How to Paint Dramatic, Quick and Easy Spirit Stones - Silhouette Birds at Sunset
How to Paint Dramatic, Quick and Easy Spirit Stones - Silhouette Birds at Sunset

What did you think?

I’d love to hear some ideas of how you would use these silhouette stones.  Please share in the comments below.