Guest Author - Christine Sharbrough
Do you collect rocks? I love rocks, especially the small smooth rocks that wash up on the shore. My collection has become so large that I decided I had to find a creative way to use them. Another artist I know suggested Glaze Markers by Sakura. She posted several pictures of her work and I was intrigued immediately.
I purchased a set of the markers to try on some of the rocks in my collection and they worked beautifully. I chose a small, smooth, flat stone to begin with, about two inches long and an inch high. I began by using the black marker to outline what I wanted to draw, in this case some dangles inspired by Joanne Fink.
There is some substantial drying time with these markers, so if you are in a hurry be aware of that. I waited about 20 minutes and then began filling in the color and other designs. The white sank into the stone and turned a rather dull gray. I could have gone over it, but I did not. Instead, I used green, blue and hot pink to add color inside the mini frames that I created with the black marker. I went over the white (now gray) dots with pink.
The markers flow very quickly so use a gentle hand when adding color or you will flood the space in a very short period of time. Unlike the outline, the color within the frames needed much more time to dry being that it was heavier and tended to pool instead of being a linear application.
Although the markers appear to be waterproof, I did coat the painting the next day with some of my favorite sealant, Mod Podge, just in case. I would hate to see all that work be washed away by a rainstorm or an accidental wash in the sink!
The result was a lovely, colorful design with the stone-colored background; very Southwestern looking in my opinion. For my next one, I may coat the background with a light covering of acrylic paint to change the appearance. Part of using new supplies and making art is in the experimentation. Play with your tools and supplies, you may be surprised at what you end up with!
As an art abandoneer, I plan to create a couple dozen of these mini works of art and leave them around town. Everyone deserves a bit of unexpected beauty in their life, don't you think so?
I purchased the Sakura Glaze markers on a friend's recommendation. I was not paid or compensated in any way for providing this article and mentioning them.