- Stones or rocks
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors
- Paint brush
- Black gel pen
- Clear spray-on varnish or Modge Podge
- Small cloth bags or baby socks for storage
- Select stones or rocks from outdoors or purchase a set of painting stones on Amazon. Stones with relatively plain surfaces are best for story stone painting.
- Apply white acrylic paint on the top surface of the stones (optional).
- Allow the paint to dry.
- Use a black gel pen to draw the nativity figures on the white painted stones. Keep the figures nice and simple.
- Select a stone with traced figure on it; select paint and grab the paint brush.
- Fill the traced drawing with the selected paint.
- Use a thin paint brush (“0” or “1”) and paint a thin outline using black acrylic paint. This one was easy. Let’s try something a bit more difficult.
- Here’s a stone with a shepherd figure.
- Select 2 different colors and paint the clothes of the shepherd first.
- Now paint the beard and the stick using a thin brush. Allow the paint to dry before going to the next step.
- Grab the thin paint brush and black paint; trace the outline of the painted shepherd figure.
- Follow the same steps to draw and paint the other similar figures (Mary, Joseph, other shepherds).
- Painting the sheep and donkey are also easy. Trace the figures using black gel pen, fill the traced figure with paint, and then use black paint to trace the outlines.
- Done painting? Allow the paint to dry completely.
- Spray the stones with clear varnish or coat each stone with Modge Podge on the painted surface.
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