Rainbow Dot Word Rock

Hello Loves!! Today I want to share with you my process for creating a Rainbow Dot Word rock!

Supplies needed: Rock, pencil, eraser, paint brush, dot makers (bobby pins, the end of paint brushes, or a fancy dot painting set,) acrylic paints (black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, gold and silver glitter,) and sealer (the non-toxic, quick dry sealer I use is linked below!)

Step 1: Select a rock.

The rock shape I prefer for the a word rock is an elongated oval and I like the rock to have a smooth surface.

Step 2: Outline the word in pencil

Using a pencil, sketch out the letters to spell your word of choice. Do not get upset or discouraged if you have to redraw it a few times! That’s why we use pencil first! It’s ok to make mistakes! I use a large eraser instead of wearing down the eraser on the pencil. I get my pencils and erasers from the Dollar Tree.

Step 3: Fill in outline with background color

Using a dark background color, (black in my case,) paint in the outlined letters. Note, it is better to use a matte acrylic paint for this step as we will be outlining the next steps on top of the background with pencil.

Step 4: Outline the gold trim line in pencil

Staying a consistent distance away from the edge of the background outline, (a few centimeters in my case,) use a pencil to draw the gold trim detailing. The rainbow dots will be outlined with an inner gold trim and an outer background trim. Note: if your letters overlap each other, decide which one is on top and outline the letter underneath around the border of the letter on top, maintaining the distance between them.

***NOTE: If fine details are not your forte, it is best to add the gold trim line (Step 11) now. If you make a mistake you can simply use your dark background color to go over it. Switching between gold and your background color as many times as needed to create the gold trim. I wait to add the gold trim until after I’ve added the dots (Steps 7-10) so that I do not end up with dots over my line, however, mistakes are very difficult to correct at that stage.

Step 5: Determine your rainbow colors

Decide how many different colors you will be using for your rainbow and if you want to use the first color again at the end. In my example I used eight colors with the red repeated. My colors were; red, orange, yellow, light green, light blue, dark blue, purple and pink.

Step 6: In pencil, draw out rainbow sections with diagonal lines Staying within the gold trim outline, use a pencil to sketch out the sections for each rainbow color, (in my case I drew 9 sections, 8 colors with the red repeated.) It helps to indicate which parts are which colors by adding the color initials to the section. This is especially useful when the diagonal line crosses multiple letters. Keep the sections as consistently sized as possible, erasing as needed until your rainbow colors have been sectioned out equally.