Varnish Troubles

So I ended up going out today and buy some polymer varnish to help set the paint on the pebbles in doing. 

First try on one I had just painted, and was rather proud of, and it pulled a heap of the very tiny white dots I had placed and shifted them all around. I think it has to do with how the paint sits on the pebbles themselves so I’m going to use the varnish (glass finish AND medium) as a base coat, paint on top of that so hopefully the paint takes to the varnish then do another layer on top. 

Cross your fingers for me! 

Mandala Stones

So I brought a couple bags of stone for some of my projects, see tic tac toe and the owl stones and on a couple I painted something that I’ve actually been really enjoying because it’s simple yet takes a steady hand. 


These absorbable little mandala stones! I love the patterns and the simplicity. I’ll probably be making a lot more of them and they will also be for sale when I go to the market

Rock Painting *Update

*Well I haven’t left for work yet but the first rock I coated has dried and looks good! I’ll wait till the little ones are done then test them in the bag again to see if any paint chips 🙂 


So anyone whose ever painted rocks will know of the issue that arises when you need to preserve the paint. For those who don’t paint rocks you basically get to a stage where you don’t want your paint to come off the rocks so you need to apply a layer of varnish to keep it on. 

This is the stage I’m at and the issue I’m facing. I have a fancy matte finish spray which works with the acrylic paints I have however it doesn’t dry on the pebbles leaving them sticky and wet. 

I looked into a clear varnish spray my partner has for his miniatures but it was clogged. Well that’s a no go. What else have we got laying around the house? 

I don’t get paid for a few days, monthly salary is the worst, so I need something that I’ve already got. 

What about modge podge? It’s a clear glue like substance that comes in matte finish or gloss. We’ll issue is not only do I not own it but I also haven’t seen it sold in Australia. So I went for an equivalent! 

Clear craft glue! Well there’s an issue with that too… gets tacky and doesn’t leave a nice gloss, it’s just glue. I thought maybe if I watered it down it’d spread easier? No go. Just squirted water on my table…

So I’m in a predicament. I shook some of the rocks together in a bag, I made a little tic tac toe game and need the paint to not rub off and without varnish, it comes off. As I’m sitting there I glance at the nail polish I have on my desk. A lovely lilac purple colour, one of my favourites, and my clear gloss top coat……..

Clear too coat that’s glossy, huh? 

So now here I sit, typing this status with a dozen pebbles VERY SLOWLY DRYING like crazy slow. Covered in my more expensive clear top coat nail polish but I’ll be honest it looks like it’s working! Parts have dried already and they glossy and pretty and it looks like it won’t rub off. The pebbles really slows down the drying process as they aren’t the most porous of mediums but I think it’ll work! 

Fingers crossed guys! I’ll post an update when I get home from work to see if it’s going to work or if I’ll have to wait till pay day to get something else…