I have seen a few pins floating by on Pinterest for Story Stones, and I really love the idea of them. A pile of pebbles with pictures, you pick one at a time and invent a little story. And as I live a few minutes walk from a big pebbly beach I decided to make some of my own for Amelie. It wasn’t as straightforward as I thought, I trialled (and error-ed) a few methods, so if you want to make your own you can do it a lot quicker than me! If you don’t have pebbles to hand, you could just as easily make these from card or even bottle tops.
You will need:
- white spray paint – I used Kobra
- sharpies or other permanent coloured markers
- Varnish – I love Triple thick.
1. Begin by spray painting your stones. Don’t attempt to paint them – this was the first method I tried, and after about 5 coats (ugh) the pebbles looked lumpy and patchy. Spray paint is the way forward! Get outside – ventilation is important with aerosol – and spread the pebbles out on an old piece of card or something. Spray a layer of paint on the stones and, once dry, flip them round and paint the other sides. It may take a couple of coats.
2. Once you’re happy with the coverage, draw out your images with sharpie pens.
3. Now for the varnish. For me this was another trial and error moment – after drawing all my images I lumped a load of varnish on top and all the colours started to run and bleed. NOOOO! Thankfully I only wrecked a couple. What you need to do is seal the images with a very thin coating of varnish first. Leave that to dry, then you can paint the varnish on more liberally.
And that’s it! We had a very unusual story last night about a kangaroo on a bus who ate a key and pooed out a treasure map. Its lovely to watch Amelie making up her own stories too.
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