Tissue Paper Transfer Technique for Painted Rocks—how to paint rocks if you don’t know how to draw!

Tissue Paper Transfer Technique for Painted Rocks—how to paint rocks if you don’t know how to draw!


welcome back to I love painted rocks
today I’m going to teach you how to use a cool tissue transfer technique to put
images onto rocks that you can trace with your paint pens if you don’t have
original drawing skills. identify the image that you would like to put onto
your rock keep in mind if you’re using a copyrighted image from a book like this
one this is not a project you should be doing for profit like to sell this is
more of a personal use project get a thin piece of tracing paper or tissue
paper kind of like the kind you use in a gift bag place it over your image and
then trace it with a sharp pencil once you’re done tracing move your book
off to the side and then identify the rock you’d like to put the image on
making sure it’s the right size for the rock the next step of course is to go
ahead and cut out your image doing this process since I’m working with smaller
tissues and things that are really delicate I like to use a tiny pair of
fine point scissors in order to get really precise cuts especially if I need
to cut into a small area I’m leaving a small border around the outside of the
image but generally try not to leave too too much behind once your image is cut
out it’s time to do a base coat on the rock with your favorite multi-service
paint that likes to stick to rocks I’m a big fan of folk art multi-surface I’m
using this pretty light blue color to give it a good base coat it’s important that this has spread
really thin so it’s not too sloppy but it’s still damp when we applied the
image lay the image on top of the damp paint and then use a dry soft paintbrush
that doesn’t have any water or paint on it to smooth out the image pressing it
down into the paint this is the time that you need to work out any wrinkles
that are in the tissue paper and make sure every single part of this tissue is
stuck well to the rock so it’s nice and smooth and flat so take your time with
this process if you need to once you’ve got the image adhered you’re
gonna go over the edges between the edge of the cut tissue and the actual drawing
with the background color for your rock now if you used white for a background
color you can skip this step but this is just to help cover up the feet outline
that you’ll still be able to see after you have adhered your image to the rock
don’t be afraid to switch paint brushes if you need a really fine tip to get in
and cover up some details once the edges are painted over I like to take this
chance to go back over and do a second base coat on the background color of the
rock just to make sure it’s nice and smooth and even set it aside to dry
when you’re done once your rock is dry pick it up and put it on top of a paper
plate get your Mod Podge ultra spray on finish
in matte shake it really well and then spray it to apply to your ride you want
to make sure the tissue is well saturated and then go ahead and set it
aside until the Mod Podge is completely dry once the Mod Podge is dry now it’s
time for the fun part go ahead and get out your paint pens my favorite ones are
these pasta pens and I will link to them in the description for the video I like
to start by using an extra fine tip black pen to go over the outline of
everything that I traced earlier with my pencil once the outline is done is time to
color I like to use the extra fine tip pens even if I have to color kind of a
big area because I really like the amount of control that I get and the
really precise lines that I can get when following this technique go ahead and be
creative do whatever colors you want as you’re filling in making sure to give
yourself some time for each of the layers of paint to dry before layering a
new color on top of it now in this case I started to add some
accent marks around the feathers to indicate some shading that was mimicked
in the source image now because these pens have really opaque paint of course
once I was done doing the brown and dried and I colored over it with the
buff you couldn’t see the brown anymore but it did give me a chance to kind of
see where I wanted to have accent marks so once I color over it with the buff
I’m just gonna go back over it again with the ground when I get close to
things like eyes I like to get as close as I can and then even overlapping the
black that was originally there a little bit and then once this buff color is dry
I’m going to come back in with the black to re-add the eyes back in just like I’m
gonna come and re add the brown accent marks from the wings and the body back
in with the brown pen once the buff paint is dry here I’m gonna add the black dock back
on top where they were for the ice and then while I’m waiting for the rest of
the buff paint to dry I’m gonna do some Jaggi lights to add a nice little nest
around the base of my chicken and kind of add some trace lines where I can see
what was happening in the original photos but I wanted to have some kind of
a base like a nest to help ground my image so my chicken wasn’t just floating
in space to give the nest a little bit of a
blending effect while the yellow nest paint is still wet I’m gonna go back and
add brown accent marks to show where the hay is then I’m gonna keep going with
the brown and go back and add in the accent marks that I had kind of tests
drawn earlier on the man chicken in this case I’m going to add an
additional shade of yellow over top of the nest to show some depth and
dimension once I’m done with that I’ll get my ultrafine tip black pin and just
go over the black line again and some places where the buff or the brown paint
had spilled over onto the black line once your paint pens are dry take your
rock outside to seal it with a clear spray sealer to make it outdoor safe I
hope you enjoyed this fun rock painting technique if you love painting rocks
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