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 posted the story stones earlier but I am including them here again along with the first few pictures.
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.
I’ve got the neighborhood kids excited to be testers for this game.
The spinning stone is round on the bottom and spins easily.
The player begins his turn by first selecting a stone and then spinning the spin a story stone. For instance the first player selects the flashlight and spins a verb. The player could begin. “The night was pitch black dark. The only thing visible was the light beaming from a flashlight.” The verb is beaming.
Player number two perhaps selects the black bear and spins an adverb. He must first repeat what has already been told and add an adverb and the black bear. Since we know that an adverb describes a verb, the player might add. “The light was brightly beaming and darting to and fro as if the holder were looking for something. But what? Not the black bear that suddenly jumped out of the brush and knocked the holder down to the hard earth.”
The game gets challenging as the players must remember what has gone before and build into the tale. A player who forgets is out of the game.
That is the way we will play for the neighborhood kid test. Hope it goes well.
First I choose the stones for a concept that is forming in my mind. This time I am doing a fun game that I used to play with my children where you weave a story together. I found a rock with a nice round bottom and I think it will be a nice spinner. Then I chose 9 stones that I will be painting persons places and things on. The spinner will be for the adjectives adverbs verbs and anything else that makes the story fun. Here’s the stones all painted white. Always the first step.
And now this is what I call story stone hand. Sigh.
A great children’s classic! Retelling this story is fun! Try starting this story with a different concept. Maybe the giant is actually friendly and it only sounds as if he says mean things. Maybe he comes down from the stalk and helps the poor? Maybe the golden egg goose stops laying eggs unless she gets 5 magic beans?
I began my first adventure with story stones as a gift for my grandson and I have since done several sets of stones that I have given away.
How I wish that I had taken a picture of all of them but you can’t go back and fix things like that. I’m usually only very interested in doing the art and am now reforming and trying to get interested in the art of the blog and the Internet and putting my pictures of my work out so that I can show them to people.
You might be wondering what story stones are good for. Right? The way you can use this set of story stones … The three bears… is to try to tell the story using the stones in the order that the story takes place for instance, the three Bears have just sat down to their hot porridge and they cannot eat it because it’s of course too hot so they go for a walk and during this time Goldilocks comes in and tries the porridge. Then she sits in the chairs and lays on the beds and when the three bears come home they find her in the baby’s bed asleep. It is a favorite fairytale and an old one that many people will enjoy young and old alike. The stones are meant to be enjoyed along with the story. I found that YouTube is a treasure trove of children’s stories. If you don’t have the book, check out a YouTube reading.
See if you can invent your own story. There are also games you can play but that is for another post.