Here at Crafting News, we love decorating our office with beautiful and practical crafts, and these painted stones have overtaken everything else on our project list. These beautifully painted stones have been re-purposed into paperweights, perfect for the office! We can’t wait to try them! Give it a go yourself and we’re sure you will be glad that you did.
What You Will Need
To get started on this gem of a project, you will need the following materials:
Stones – any size or weight that suits you
Nail polish in various colors – try to use nail polish which has been opened recently, it works much better than older colors.
Note: If you can’t find stones in your backyard, take a trip down to your local park, river or lake and you should find some beauties there.
How To Create Painted Stones
To start with, clean your stone thoroughly and make sure there is no dirt left on it, then allow it dry completely.
Next, you will need to paint your stone with the white paint. Allow the first coat the dry, then paint on a second coat and allow that to dry. If the stone you have picked has a white base, then you can skip this step.
Make sure that your bowl is deep enough to be able to submerge your stone completely. Now fill this bowl with cold water. Again, make sure you have enough water in there to cover the stone.
Now you can add the nail polish colors into the water. You will need to add one color at a time. Place a drop of your first color in the center of the water. The color will spread out, then you add the second color in the center of the first color. This will create a sort of ripple effect. It reminds me of Pocahontas, when Grandmother Willow dips her branch into the water and the water ripples like magic.
Repeat this process until you have added all of your desired colors. Work quickly with this step as the nail polish will harden if it is sitting there for too long.
Use your toothpick to create a marbled pattern in the nail polish. Again, make sure to this quickly so that the nail polish doesn’t harden.
Once you have created your marbled design, dip your white stone into the center of the nail polish. Make sure you submerge the stone completely, and then slowly remove it from the water.
Leave the stone to dry completely and you are done! If you want to create a long lasting effect, you can coat the newly painted stone in varnish. Even giving it a quick spray with hairspray will allow the colors to last longer.
Now you can use this beautifully painted stone as a paperweight to add a touch of color and elegance to your office.