Introduction: "Pick Me Up" Message Rocks
This year one of the items for a scavenger hunt we participate in was "124. Be someone’s “rock” to get them through the hard times. Hand-paint small rocks with a message of kindness & leave them in areas that need a pick-me-up. (On the underside, please write “Pass it on.”) You must paint & hide at least one rock for each member of your team." This is a great idea and so I took on the task of creating these messages to hopefully brighten someone's day.
This is a great activity to do outdoors, with kids, and a nice random act of kindness. Life is tough and sometimes when you're having a particularly hard day there's nothing like a couple positive words to lift you up.
Step 1: BoM
Glossy craft/acrylic paints
Paint brushes of different sizes
Rocks with at least one smoothing surface
Fine tip paint pens
Step 2: The Rocks
Rocks can be collected pretty much anywhere. These I found outside my apartment. I brought them in and cleaned them up, getting all the dirt etc off and then letting them dry.
Step 3: Background
I started by painting backgrounds on all the rocks. Some of the rocks I painted just one face, the rest I painted whole.
Step 4: Frames
I used liner and spotter brushes to paint lines, dots, etc on the rocks to create frames. Then I let them dry as I planned what messages to put on which rocks.
Step 5: Messages
I went to friends and Pinterest for message ideas, and tried to pick on-religious but very positive and "things will get better" type messages. I used fine tipped paint pens to write the messages as my hands aren't steady enough for painting messages with brushes.
Step 6: Place
We decided to place some of the rocks near a local college where students passing could see them. We ultimately moved them away from the bridge to a different visible area so they aren't at risk for being dropped on cars by accident or on purpose.