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Maz Makes… Christmas Pebbles

Maz Makes… Christmas Pebbles

Over the past few years, I have developed a new festive tradition: decorating pebbles and smooth stones with festive themes to use as decorations or as small gifts.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am no artist. As a result, I have had to find ways to draw motifs and embellish my various projects.

I have been encouraged by many how-to books and articles that are available, but it’s on Pinterest that I have found the most help. There are so many gifted people who write detailed how-to guides to help people like me. By breaking designs and motifs down into simple, easy to draw elements, they help you produce drawings you never dreamed were possible. I am so grateful to them for the fun and enjoyment their generous sharing has given me, and I’m sure many many others.

Making a Start…

To begin, I practised drawing and colouring various designs and motifs on paper. Once I felt happy with the designs and confident that I could reproduce them, I moved on to the stones.

I began by giving the stones and pebbles I collected throughout the year a good wash in soapy water. I then allowed them to dry thoroughly. If you don’t have a stash of stones handy, pebbles and flat pieces of slate — which also work well — can usually be bought from your local garden centre.

After getting pencils, erasers, gel and paint pens, acrylic paints and paintbrushes together, I gave the stones with rough surfaces an acrylic paint background colour base.

I then pencilled a design onto each stone and tweaked as I went along to accommodate the unexpected effects of the various ‘lumps and bumps’ of the stones. It is now that you are best able to decide what to use for the colouring or, as is often the case, what mixture of mediums.

For me, this is the real fun part and I can lose myself for hours doing this. Anyone who enjoys ‘adult colouring‘ will particularly enjoy this!

Repeat with Varying Details…

Once these are complete, I made a number of each design on other stones. I usually make each one a little different, varying a detail or colour here and there, sometimes changing the size of the motif, or adding an extra one (or two) similar motifs to make a group. Another option is to group stones by colour or colouring style. This gives you a matching selection for display or to put together as gifts.

Once completed, each pebble got one or two coats of clear varnish to seal in the design.

Suddenly, I’m starting to feel a little ‘Christmassy’ and ideas for a few other festive projects are popping up. I hope this inspires you to give these pebbles a try. Let me know how you get on!

Create & Craft stock a wide selection of gel and paint pens, as well as acrylic paints, paintbrushes, and foam brushes. Decopatch varnish and Mod Podge gloss are ideal for sealing your Christmas pebbles!

 



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