Did you find painted rocks? Keep reading to find out how I notify people that new rocks are hidden.
A wholesome new family friendly activity is making its way around the region right now. People are painting rocks and leaving them in public places for others to find and enjoy. The idea is certainly not new, and Victoria is not the first city to participate but some recent media coverage is fueling the fun.
Kids, their parents and individuals are participating in a giant treasure hunt where they paint and hide rocks around Greater Victoria, at businesses, beaches and parks with one goal – brighten someone’s day. When you find one, you can keep it or leave it or exchange it for one of your own. Whatever makes you feel awesome is the right thing to do!
Are you ready for some fun?
Paint brushes, foam brushes or tools for making dots – all depending on your design. Again, dollar store is where I got these when I first started. If you continue with paint and brush, it will be worthwhile to invest in "better than dollar store" brushes. As for dot making tools, a toothpick, the "wrong end" of a paint brush, a dowel - any of these will work when you get started. Or you can jump right in and purchase some dotting tools for perfectly round circles every time.
Then you let your creative genius take over.
Some people paint the rock first with a base colour. This is not necessary and is entirely dependent on your own taste and design. If you are going with a base colour, a foam brush using a dabbing technique works best.
Painted rocks could have an inspirational word or saying on them, or a small pattern or design or a picture of something. There are no limits. That is the fabulous thing about art - there are no rules!
Believe it or not, even more fun than just painting the rocks is the next part – hiding your treasures for others to find. Be sure to join the Facebook group Sooke to Sidney Rock Hunt! (SS Rock Hunt). On that page, you can post pictures of the rocks you are hiding and the location where you are hiding them. When people find them, they are encouraged to post a picture letting everyone know. It is such great fun.
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Another great thing about this is you don’t even have to paint rocks to participate. You can just check recent posts to see where rocks are being hidden and go searching. As you can see from the Facebook posts though, not everybody finds painted rocks when they go out looking so it is important not to set expectations too high, especially for younger children.
Get out and explore the region and happy hunting!
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