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Rock Art! : Painting and Crafting with the Humble Pebble
by Denise Scicluna


Overview - Great uses for rocks: throwing, skipping, kicking how about painting? Rock painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression known to man. The varied surfaces, shapes, and sizes of rocks also make them perfect for crafts. From brooches to bookends, paperweights to place cards, miniature owls to patterned pebbles, you can create just about anything with the right rock and a bit of imagination.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Great uses for rocks: throwing, skipping, kicking how about painting? Rock painting is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression known to man. The varied surfaces, shapes, and sizes of rocks also make them perfect for crafts. From brooches to bookends, paperweights to place cards, miniature owls to patterned pebbles, you can create just about anything with the right rock and a bit of imagination. In "Rock Art ," visual artist Denise Scicluna provides inspiration and advice for rocking our artsy side with:
  • Tips for finding and identifying rocks and preparing them for paint
  • Techniques for creating the perfect "rock" from polymer clay
  • A guide to gathering tools, from paint, pencils, and brushes to wood filler and varnish
  • Dozens of projects for bringing pebbles to life with personality and style
    Simple, step-by-step instructions, and more than 250 full-color illustrations that practically pop off the page make this fun and unusual book perfect for crafters of all ages.

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    Details
    • ISBN-13: 9781438005324
    • ISBN-10: 1438005326
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
    • Publish Date: March 2015
    • Page Count: 128
    • Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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    • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
    • Review Date: 2015-03-16
    • Reviewer: Staff

    Humans drew on rock before they had written language, using wild berries or minerals or animal blood to draw tales of the hunting and the gathering. Scicluna, a crafter, photographer, and painter, updates the millennia-old craft, showing how to endow the pebble with another life as an owl’s face, jellyfish monster, dinner place card, or pebble pet. Pebbles, actually a class of rocks “larger than a granule but smaller than a cobble,” become cactus gardens, frilly fish, “misfit monsters” and doorstops. Among the pages of colorful inspiration, readers will find advice on selecting and prepping pebbles; sources for those not into hunting down their own rocks; and 250 color photos with instructions suitable for all ages. There are also many photos of rocks, and explanations of terms like metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. Most of the pebble up- grades are easily created, though some, such as the “pebble people” representing various nations and occupations, might be better suited for more experienced artists. Scicluna’s rocks are not to be skipped. (Mar.)

     
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