Craft tip: painting stones: creative leisure activity for children (and adults)

Painting is a useful activity in many ways: It promotes your children's gross and fine motor skills, stimulates creativity and at the same time trains spatial imagination and the ability to concentrate.

Craft tip: painting stones: creative leisure activity for children (and adults)

Painting is a useful activity in many ways: It promotes your children's gross and fine motor skills, stimulates creativity and at the same time trains spatial imagination and the ability to concentrate. Apart from that, it's just fun to let off steam artistically with the help of bright colors. This applies equally to adults who like to use brushes or pens to distract themselves from the stress of everyday life. Because the fact is: painting has a meditative and relaxing effect on the body. So it's hardly surprising why more and more people are painting stones: The three-dimensional works of art can be used as decorative style elements in the house and garden - or convey an important message.

Gather a handful of stones that are nice and flat and round with your children outside - unless you already have a specific motif in mind that requires a square or oval format. Decorative stones also work.

Before you paint the stones, it is important to remove all dirt and grime with a fine brush - so that the surfaces are nice and clean and smooth afterwards, so that the paint adheres better.

Put enough newspaper under the stones before you start painting. Depending on which motif you choose, you can prime the surfaces white beforehand - then the colors will shine more brightly.

Oil and acrylic paints are particularly suitable for painting the stones. There are also special waterproof pens and metallic markers that you can use to draw finer strokes and lines than with a brush.

To ensure that the small works of art withstand all weather conditions and do not lose color, it is important to spray the stones with a transparent clear coat - otherwise the motifs would fade from the sun's rays and rain.

If you take a walk in the street "Alter Güterbahnhof" these days, the colorful stone snake immediately catches the eye: many Hamburg citizens, large and small, have painted dozens of stones and lined them up next to each other as a sign of community in the Corona crisis. A small guide invites every walker to take part in the campaign and to paint even more stones - so that the line gets longer and longer. The children of a stern employee have already contributed and created their own works of art. You can see what the whole thing looks like live in our photo gallery:

As the action in Hamburg is proving, more and more people are interested in the new trend hobby: painting stones. In northern Germany in particular, more and more virtual groups are currently being formed in social networks, in which members can exchange information about their stone works of art: In addition to the classic decoration with pictures, motivating sayings and positive idioms are also very popular with adults. These are applied either with the above-mentioned pens - or with the help of fine brushes and acrylic paint. If you want to try your hand at stone painting, you can find the inspiration you need on Pinterest.

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