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How to paint a puppy rock- of your best friend

My little Jack Russell terrier is my muse. She models for me when I paint, and she has me running around as fast she runs. So it only goes to figure that I would paint a puppy rock.

Painted rocks are all the rage these days. You can leave them in parks or stores for someone to find. It just makes someone’s day when they pick up a painted rock with a positive message written on it. Kindness truly does rock!

And this little puppy rock is a great gift for your favorite dog lover. You can use it as a paperweight or just for a little extra décor on your desk or shelf. Paint one or paint a bunch. You can’t get a craft that is less expensive. When you finish your puppy rock add a cute little Bowdabra bow on her head or under her chin with E6000 glue and you will have the cutest little pup!

puppy rock

Materials

  • Oval river rock
  • Graphite paper
  • Stylus
  • Pencil
  • Small paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint, Sienna, white, black, and pink
  • Fine line permanent marker
  • Paper plate or palette
  • Face pattern

For the bow:

Instructions:

  1. First, download and print the face pattern.

 rock pattern

  1. Next, cut out the pattern and place a piece of graphite paper under it on top of the rock of your choice. Use the stylus to trace around the pattern.

puppy rock

 

  1. Now, remove the graphite paper and go over the faint lines with a pencil if need be.

puppy rock

  1. Then, begin painting your rock. Start with the Sienna and a small brush and paint the ears. Make sure you leave a tiny space between the sections. (You will outline your puppy with the marker in this area when you are done)

puppy rock

  1. Next, paint the muzzle and forehead with white paint. Paint the eyes leaving the pupil area. Next, paint the nose and pupils with black paint. Paint the tongue with pink paint.

puppy rock

puppy rock

  1. Add another coat of paint on all the areas and let dry. With a tiny bit of white paint add a small dot on each eye and two on the nose. (See photo) Let dry completely. Then, use the fine line permanent marker to outline all the areas on the pup.

puppy rock

puppy rock

puppy rock

Make the Bow for your puppy rock

  1. Make the optional bow. Cut an 18” piece of Bowdabra bow wire, fold in half and insert into the Mini Bowdabra. You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other.  This serves as a slipknot when finished. Put the wires underneath the Bowdabra to keep out of the way while you work.

puppy rock

  1. Cut an eight-inch piece of 5/8” wide grosgrain ribbon. Insert into the Bowdabra leaving a small tail. Make a loop on the other side at the ½” mark and then make a matching loop on the other side. Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.

puppy rock

puppy rock

puppy rock

  1. Now, insert the two loose wires through the loop and pull tight. Separate the ends and tie a knot. Remove from the Bowdabra. Fold each end in half and cut to dovetail.

puppy rock

puppy rock

puppy rock

  1. To finish your puppy rock, use some E6000 glue to add the bow to the rock and let dry.

puppy rock

puppy rock

Doesn’t my little Maddy look adorable in her cute little bow?  If you want to make one for your put just click on the link for full instructions.

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