I am finished with this one that I have been working on for weeks. Now I am between paintings and I don’t know yet what I will do. I’m researching color theory and watching loads of YouTube tutorials. I just watched an artists video today and will employ a method he uses:  two water jars one for the initial paintbrush  wash and the other to get it good and clean. Sometimes I dip in very dirty water because I don’t feel like getting a fresh glass.

I really love watching paint go on a canvas and can spend all my free time enjoying this. I usually turn the volume off and just watch. Sometimes I turn up the speed which I recently figured out you can do.

Stone Soup Story Tiles

 What I did:

1.  Painted the illustrations on watercolor paper using acrylic paints.  See previous post below.  

2.  Took photos of the paintings with my iPhone.

3.  Used Microsoft word tables to make the 2″ tile size pictures.

4. Sent the page to local quick copy center. 

5. Cut out the pics. Could just cut squares for younger folks.  But I carefully cut out closely around the objects. 

6. Decoupaged using very thin layer of mod podge. Put a few additional costs of mod podge. Here’s a close up:  



These tiles will fit very well in the wipee box from the dollar store. The printed story is my version adapted from a very old fairytale I found online.



I have had such joy creating story stones. Actually I painted the stones before painting the large paintings. 

Stone Soup is s story of bringing together the little of what you have to help many. 


Music rocks in baby wipe container with chalkboard tape




What took the longest was taking off the big Elmo picture from the wipe container. I used a pampered chef scraper and Goo Gone. The rocks fit beautifully. The chalkboard tape is good and gluey so it went on nicely. I used chalk markers. The idea is that the teacher could erase and write in other details if desired. I like the chalk markers. They go on smoothly.