A fun thing to do in the garden is to paint various animals on rocks and place them strategically in various garden spots. 
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Step 1: Gather Your Rocks

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The best rocks to use for this craft are very smooth "river rocks".  Rocks that have been polished over time by eons of water rushing over them. The goal is to have a very smooth surface on which to paint.  Semi-smooth rocks can be used, but will require more finese in the painting process. Try to pick rocks that resemble your cat, or mouse, or dog, etc.  

Step 2: Assemble Needed Painting Supplies

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I used regular acrylic craft paint since I have many colors available.  Acrylic paints dry rapidly, and are my art media of choice.  You will need brushes, of course, and you can use liners, rounds, flats, shaders, etc.  I use the liner brush for fine details.

Step 3: Sketch Picture On Rock

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Here I've shown the steps in picking, and sketching a cat on a rock.  The rock has been primed with white paint so that your pencil lines will show up in contrast. From here, it's on to the actual painting of the rock.

Step 4: Paint Rascal of Choice On Rock

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Now the fun part begins!  Using your painting skills, paint your pet picture on the rock. Pay attention especially to the eyes, as they can make the entire picture/sketch.

Step 5: Finish Rock By Painting On Clear Acrylic

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The final step would be to protect your pet rock by applying several coats of varnish, especially if the rock is to be placed outside.  I have had these rocks outside for 10 plus years, and have re-applied varnish only once, just a few years ago.  They may be needing another coat this year, however. Enjoy!
Phoenix Flare6 months ago
Wooooow! Amazing!!!!!!! They look stunning and so lifelike! Taking pet rocks to the next ( next, next, next...)
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It's fun! Thanks for your comment and good luck!

charchar23 years ago
Those are really beautiful!
bisojo3 years ago
I loved, maybe you like the cats jeje, me too, anyway I have aquestion, the rock needs some caracteristics, i mean the shape obviously but the , mmm sorry i'm not speak english, it's something like porosity or something like that. mmm grettings
sanjay1173 years ago
wow! cat rocks!
sunshiine3 years ago
Nice work! Do you need any rocks? We have a ton! Just wish I was as talented as you or I would not be offering any.
Creativeman (author)  sunshiine3 years ago
Thanks for the nice comments...wish I had access to more rocks, they are actually hard to come by where I live! Go figure, eh?
Our back yard has a lot because my husband had big plans but he is very tired now and talks about getting rid of them. We are using some for the retaining wall though. We actually haulded them in. Here a little and there a little. Too bad they are not in Tx . where we will be moving in a few months or year??? We could use them there. Too much stuff to move already. .
foobear3 years ago
Creativeman (author)  foobear3 years ago
Thank you very much.
dismissie3 years ago
your painted cat rocks are fabulous!
Creativeman (author)  dismissie3 years ago
Thank you!
ChrysN3 years ago
Wow, they look amazing!
Creativeman (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks for your compliment!
bigmark3 years ago
amazing!!!! now I need to get out & find some rock's
Creativeman (author)  bigmark3 years ago
Thanks, and have fun!
splazem3 years ago
This rocks! Sorry, can't help myself.
Creativeman (author)  splazem3 years ago
Thank you!
AndyGadget3 years ago
These are great. Personally, I wouldn't place them in full view, but just as something you'd come on unexpectedly in the garden, partly hidden by foliage. (My artistic skills are nothing like yours, but I may have a go at a small toad sometime during the summer.)
Creativeman (author)  AndyGadget3 years ago
mikeasaurus3 years ago
A steady hand indeed, nice work!
Creativeman (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thank you!
poofrabbit3 years ago
Very cute! I too have done this and they always make me smile :) Nice work.
Creativeman (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
splazem3 years ago