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Handpainted Rocks: Leave Things Better Than You Found Them

The entire afternoon, yesterday, I spent painting these rocks that Pari and I had collected last year during a nature walk. I'd been wanting to paint them for long now but could never lay my hands on them – until yesterday.

And, I can say with conviction – I find my peace in art, painting and DIY. It transports me to the land of serenity and helps me connect with my inner self…

I used acrylic colours, glitter glue, waterproof black ink and a fine paint brush to make these.

Hope you like them as much as I enjoyed painting them.

Freely share your comment below; it always brightens my day! (smiles)

I passionately believe in the saying – "Leave them better than you found them"!

Painted these for Pari. Lady bug is her favourite creepy-crawly and strawberry – her favourite fruit! No wonder, because red has been her fav colour – ever since she was a new born! 15 days into her birth, she would respond to this colour in an excited way!


Painted this in black water-proof ink.

Sharing these beautiful and interesting thoughts about art:

  • Art is the only way to run without leaving home. – Twyla Tharp

  • Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. – Stella Adler

  • I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way – things I had no words for.  ~Georgia O'Keeffe

  • Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.  ~Ernst Levy

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  • Esther May 13, 2011, 11:57 am

    wow! thatz amazing! what a beautiful collection of hand painted rocks! I love the personalized ladybug and the strawberry!


  • Kat May 13, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Love those! My mother and I used to collect and paint rocks when I was a little girl. I still have a ladybug rock I painted way back when. Thank you for resparking that memory for me.

    • Rashmie Jaaju May 16, 2011, 10:53 am

      @Kat – Yeah, these art projects are bound to spark our childhood memories with our mothers/teachers. Art is something that leaves indelible impression on our minds and hearts. The other day I was telling my hubby that I don’t much remember those theory lessons in Chemistry or Maths but I clearly remember even the most mundane painting I had made or that Geography project I had done to study EarthQuakes and Volcanoes where my bro and I went about collecting any and every photo on Earthquake from every magazine/newspaper!

  • Roopa May 13, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Woww beautiful!! Loved them all :)

  • clo May 13, 2011, 4:18 pm


  • Ashu May 13, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Loving ur colourful stones Rashmie.How u have manage to come up with such a beautiful work.Always inspiration…

  • Monisha May 14, 2011, 2:18 am

    ooohhhh!! These are beautiful !
    These will go for some good $’s here.

    • Rashmie Jaaju May 16, 2011, 10:54 am

      Monisha – haha! May be I could look at making some pocket money out of this hobby! (winks)

  • Pritam May 16, 2011, 3:34 am

    Beautiful and colorful….!!
    Same pinch to pari from my little one..he too loves lady bug and straberry!!!

  • Stacy May 16, 2011, 4:52 am

    Oh Rashmie, these are exquisite! You have quite the talent & I’m betting Pari is pretty proud of her Momma right now.

    • Rashmie Jaaju May 16, 2011, 10:56 am

      Thanks, Stacy, for this comment and for your lovely email :)
      I hope I can always live upto Pari’s expectations of me as an artful mommy and I can be her inspiration! Quite an ordeal, eh?!

  • Rashmie Jaaju May 16, 2011, 10:53 am

    Esther, Kat, Roopa, Clo, Ashu, Monisha, Pritam, Stacy – thank you, dear friends, for your lovely comments.

  • justjayma May 16, 2011, 2:59 pm

    Some of the rock painting look dimensional….did you use puffy pains? What kinds of paints did you use for the other rocks?? They are lovely!

  • Rashmie Jaaju May 16, 2011, 6:36 pm

    @justjayma – thank you for stopping by. I used what we call here in India – glitter glue. It has a ‘raised’ effect somewhat like puffy paint but it’s not really puffy paint. For others, I used acrylic colours. And for one (in black), I used water-proof black ink.

  • Evelene Sterling May 16, 2011, 7:53 pm

    They are so pretty, I have to make the ladybug for my 33 year old daughter who just loves ladybugs.

  • Chhavi May 23, 2011, 6:33 pm

    amazing stuff rashmie!

    While vasavi feaked over the glitter ones, i particularly liked the one in black ink and the other one in green and white….such finesse in these two. Cant take my eyes off. Truly, art is ur core passion and talent as well.

  • vitoria antar June 1, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Beautiful art, colors and most of all imagination!!! You are good girl friend. Keep up the good work.

    Best wishes, Vitoria

  • Rashmie Jaaju June 2, 2011, 6:56 am

    Evelene, Chhavi, Vitoria – thank you for your encouraging words :)

  • Dawn Lange June 15, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I love the black ink one!!!!!

  • Catherine December 10, 2011, 1:22 pm

    May I say your site is amazing and your rocks are stunning!!! You mentioned you used glitter glue on some of your rocks. 2 yrs ago I found a smooth rck on the beach while visiting my sister and I painted it and used some glitter glue and in a month everything rubbed off =o( Do you use a sealer of any kind and if so what do you use? please email me at heartgifts111810@yahoo.com
    Also I so agree with you about art helping to take you inward. When ever I need to meditate I sit with pen and papaer to draw or paintbrush to paint and I rarely map what Im drawing I just follow my inner guides and let it flow and I try to never judge anything that comes out. =o)

    Happy holidays…Catherine =o)