OUR GOAL IS SIMPLE…TO PROMOTE RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS TO UNSUSPECTING RECIPIENTS BY PAINTING AND DROPPING INSPIRATIONAL ROCKS HERE’S HOW:
STEP #1 YOU WILL NEED SOME ROCKS!
Flat smooth river rocks work best. I find mine along the shores of Cape Cod, however if you live in the city, check out your local craft store or garden center as they typically sell smooth river stones. The 3″ to 6″ size work best! You can also purchase stones for larger events here.
STEP #2 PREPARE THE ROCKS BY SPRAYING OR PAINTING THEM WITH NON-TOXIC SPRAY/PAINT
This will prepare the rock surface for your artwork/writing and seal the rock so your paint pens will last longer. We like the Apple Barrel Multi-Surface Paint and usually use foam brushes like these.
STEP #3 USE OIL BASE PAINT PENS TO CREATE YOUR ARTWORK
They work best… and are easy to work with, and last a long time. We like the Artistro Paint Pens however Sharpie Paint Pens, Prismacolor Premiere, and Posca are good bets as well.
BE SURE TO ADD…#THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT to the back of each rock you drop so others can join us and share their pictures when they find one, that way you can follow the journey of your rock…
STEP #4 FINALLY top COAT your art with a NON-TOXIC CLEAR SEALANT
This will protect the artwork from the elements and the paint from altering the environment… brush on Modge Podge outdoor sealant
In a hurry? Try spraying light coats of Mod Podge outdoor spray or Krylon clear acrylic spray. This will typically dry in 10 minutes or less.
*When dropping your rocks or installing an Inspiration Garden, be sure to acquire permission. It is our goal to promote respect and consideration for others while spreading kindness. It is frowned upon to drop anything in our National forests and National Parks, where they have a LNT (Leave No Trace) policy for visitors. Please visit our blog for further information on respecting our environment. NEVER EVER LEAVE MARKERS OR PAINT FOR OTHERS TO ADD INSPIRATION, AS YOU CANNOT BE SURE THAT PEOPLE WILL BE RESPECTFUL TO THE ENVIRONMENT!
Not Crafty ?
Where do I find interesting, inspiring quotes to use?
…some of our favorites are
“One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world, Buddah”
This was dropped to let you know that You matter!
Your Legacy is every life you’ve touched
Hey, Psst… just wanted to let you know how awesome you are
You got this!
Smile and the world smiles back at you
In the end, what will matter most?
Wish to start your own social media page?
No problem, that is great too, Its fun to connect LOCALLY with your COMMUNITY and many groups have popped up adding their own twist to the project, such as community scavenger hunts, hide and seek rock games as well as in memorium of lost loved ones. Simply be sure to add your group to our REGISTRATION so that others in your area can find you, and in your “about us” section on your page be sure to note that you are part of our project! Finally, be sure to email us your information and photos so we can feature your kind work as this is a project of MANY KIND SOULS!
PLANNING A GROUP ROCK PAINTING EVENT?
What's better than creating kindness rocks for others...getting together with people in your Community to create KINDNESS together! Many people have reached out to us asking for tips on HOW TO create a large rock painting event. First secure a location whether it be at a local Restaurant, a School, a Park or a Community Center. Often these businesses welcome the great PR they receive for hosting these events.
Next you may want to reach out to a local garden center to contribute to your rock event... be sure to include them on your social media posts and posters as a "thank you" for their community support!
Finally you will want an outside area to spray the rocks with a light top coat of clear acrylic sealant. This will prevent the rocks from running in the rain or fading in the sun as well as protect the environment from the paint.
You then must decide whether you will use the kindness rocks from the event to "plant" a community inspiration garden or if the participants will take home their kindness rocks and distribute them in their neighborhood.