POSCA Rocks!

Plain rock, ready for decoratingPOSCA rocks! Well, we think so, so we created POSCA rocks - rocks covered in POSCA. But why? Well, it turned out that we had a 'kill three birds with one stone (or rock)' situation. It gave us an excuse - as if we needed one - to shout about the perfect product for painting pebbles AND find out a bit more about this recent rock painting craze. It was also a useful way of creating the banner for the June issue of Penorama.

So where on earth did rock painting come from? What's the reasoning behind it? What do you do with them once you've decorated them? We decided to do a little digging. Not for rocks, I hasten to add (we tried, but the local garden centre proved far more obliging) but for information. We also tried for a 'boulder dash' (James's words) to the beach for a rock collecting exercise, but for some strange reason Amanda wouldn't let us.

Louise paints on a rockAnyway, apart from anything else, painting rocks is a fun thing to do. The whole process - searching for suitable rocks, solving the problem of how to get them home, deciding how you're going to decorate them and then actually taking the plunge - is a relaxing, creative way of passing the time. But then what happens? Well, you can decorate your home or garden with them, use them as the treasure at the end of a hunt, or as a paperweight for starters. And apparently people also hide them. What, because they're ashamed of their artwork? No - quite the opposite - it's to bring a smile to somebody else's face. This being the 21st century, there are many Facebook groups concerned with rock painting, and members mark their rocks accordingly. So if the finder posts their find on social media, the creator can see that their artwork has found a new home, which brings that smile full circle! It's a win-win situation really, isn't it?

Rock painted with the letter RA tractor, painted on a rockThere are many products you can use to decorate rocks, but POSCA markers really are ideal. Basically, they're water-based paint in a pen, so not only are they easier to wield than a paintbrush, giving you more control, they're non-toxic and don't have the sort of smell that's likely to remove your nose hairs. There is also a huge array of tip sizes, from a boulder-covering 15mm down to a pebble-friendly 0.7mm. And there are lots and lots of colours. Like things to shine? The Glitter range is ideal. Or perhaps you like things a little more subtle? Then the pastels are for you. Before the paint dries you can blend colours, but once it has dried you can lay one colour over another without smudging. Remember, though, that the British climate is unkind to naked rocks. If you're going to hide your rocks, you'll need to seal them first with varnish. Or your Picasso could well turn into a Pollock.

Rock painted with the letter MIf you'd like to give it a go, Colour with Claire has a great video that explains the whole rock painting phenomenon really well. And you can obviously stock up on the decorating tools here at Cult Pens. But as we don't sell rocks, you'll just have to plan a trip to the beach or a river for your raw materials (or a garden centre, but that isn't as much fun, trust me).

Herbie, as a Rock typeSo how did we do? Well - apart from James splattering himself in black paint (note: cap the pen before shaking) - I don't think we did too badly. I've seen worse. It's addictive too: 'I'll just do the one,' Becky announced, and proceeded to create three. Amanda was rather taken with the yellow - a good excuse to make a Minion and then a bee. And Louise's templates for lovely letters meant we were all able to contribute to the banner. What's more, it was really relaxing! Put it this way - the staffroom was pin-drop quiet, with just the occasional 'who's got that glittery blue pen?' and 'er… that's a ladybird, is it?' to break it up.

A ladybird painted on a rockWe also made a spaniel, but Louise thought it looked more like a badger, so we asked our friends on Instagram to vote. The result was 64% spaniel, which is a win for Herbie, but he still has to face up to the fact that he may be 36% badger, which is a lot more badger than we had suspected. Badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, mushroom, mushroom. (If that means nothing to you, you haven't been hanging around on the Internet for as long as we have.)

A Minion painted on a rock

Get 3 POSCA pens for the price of 2 at the moment! You can also enter our competition to win a suitcase full of 20 POSCA pens by posting photos of your decorated rocks on our Facebook timeline or tagging us on Twitter or Instagram. Competition closes at the end of June 2018, when we'll let Herbie pick his favourite. That may give an unfair advantage to rocks decorated to look like squirrels or balls.

Rocks, painted with the letters for the Penorama banner

1 June 2018

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