Play Hide and Seek with Painted Rocks
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On a pathway in the Botanical Gardens
, under the shade of an old mangrove tree and even along a shabby wrought iron railing, something colourful and bright is popping up all over the Sunshine Coast and hinterland. Have you found any? Rocks of all shapes and sizes, lovingly depicting tiny works of art that somebody, somewhere has carefully created and hidden, in the hopes of being found.
The idea is simple. When finding a painted rock -
It's kind of like playing hide and seek with painted rocks.
I love the idea of putting inspirational messages on the tiny rocks, hopefully, to be found by somebody who is needing a lift in spirits on that particular day. One just never knows. One kind message or pretty picture, at just the right moment, can change someone's entire day, outlook or life!
And, oh my gosh, I'm addicted. But, to be fair, I was warned.
First off, one needs rocks! Smooth, flat and unpolished rocks are the best and can literally be found anywhere - along river banks, on the beach, in your garden. Or … one can buy smooth, clean rocks from art supply stores or even retail outlets that stock floristry items. Bunnings Warehouse
have a gardening section that also sells small bags of rocks.
Rock painting is a fun, easy and relaxing craft to do, that everyone in the family can enjoy. From the hunt for the perfect pebble to the satisfaction of finding it, from painting the first layers of paint on the stone to seeing your rock turn in to a frog, a butterfly, or a puppy, rock painting is an enormously satisfying interactive experience. You can use your own powers of creation to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and … help to spread the joy in the community!
No prior painting or creative skills are necessary for first-time rock painters, as there are lots of great artists and craft bloggers who have put together painting tutorials for beginners
on the internet, all of which are very easy to follow. If I can do it (the painting part), anybody can do it!
Playing hide 'n' seek with painted rocks is the new fun activity, taking the Sunshine Coast by storm. I have come across two different facebook communities, in my quest to find out more about rock painting - the one is Sunshine Coast Rocks
and the other is QLD Rocks.
Members of these two communities post where and when rocks have been hidden and when found, photos with the lucky 'finder' and their new 'find' are usually posted too. It is totally fascinating to see the distances that some rocks travel - I have seen some that have crossed continents and even been moved from one hemisphere to another.
Please bear in mind that certain locations are specifically no drop zones, especially, cemeteries, state and national parks and war memorials. Luckily there are plenty of 'other' very good spots to hide painted rocks.
Besides the sense of achievement, one feels when painting rocks, playing hide and seek with painted rocks is an exciting and totally addictive hobby, with the added bonus of spreading community joy. Of course, the walking aspect naturally contributes to a healthier lifestyle for the whole family, so, it's a win-win all round!
To all of you out there spreading the joy, remember YOU ALL ROCK!
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