I found this neat book at the local thrift store about painting hoses and cottages on rocks. It was very specific. Since it was half price on books that day I bought it and shelved it for a couple of weeks. Then as Father's Day drew close I thought about making a rock house for my Dad's garden.
I have painted on rocks before, many times, but I have never turned rocks into houses. It was pretty fun and soon I was painting three houses. I started with an easy A-frame house like you might see in the Swiss Alps . I then attempted two Tutor cottages. My Dad loved the presents and my Mom asked me to paint one for my Uncle's birthday. I painted three more buildings, two more Tutor cottages and one Pub.
I used acrylic paint and then coated the rocks with a protective gloss spray once they were done. The chimneys and dormers were made by molding wood glue. It was easier to work on several rocks at the same time so you can move from one to the next while waiting for first one to dry.
I gathered the rocks from my own garden and now every time I am out there weeding I keep seeing all the rocks in my garden walls as different buildings. I don't think I'll ever be able to look at rocks now and NOT see buildings.
Here is a catalog of my creative adventures and experiments