06 December 2011

Pebble Mandala. Pebble painting and drawing tools.

Pebble Mandala by MagaMerlina


I have been painting pebbles and exploring inks and supplies.

 Some of the tools and inks I used for painting and drawing these pebbles: Black Faber Castell Pitt artist pens, Staedtler 0.4 technical pen with white Staedtler ink, 00 synthetic Round brush with white Daler-Rowney acrylic ink or white Pergamano indelible drawing ink.

Some of my unique pebbles are available at my Etsy Shop

47 comments:

  1. how lovely - found a photo of your work on pinterest!

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  2. I saw these too on Pinterest. They are gorgeous!

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  3. They look realy great :) Would like to do the same

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  4. Just lovely! I'm going to look for the pens today ~ you've inspired me! Thank you!

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  5. Very eye catching. I love the designs. Would love to see if my shaky hands can draw something similar to you pebble Mandala.

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  6. Thank you all for your comments, you made my day!

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  7. Stunning. Thank you for posting. Can you please email me if any of the inks you use or know of work and are water proof? I'd like to leave one of these personalized on a grave and so it would be rained on etc.

    Thanks again.

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  8. Jessica, the Pergamano ink and the Pitt pens are really waterproof, the Staedler and the Daler-Rowney are sold as such but they bleed a little bit. Sometimes to be sure I apply a finishing coat with Golden matte acrylic medium, the thing is it changes the smooth texture of the pebble. I now some people use some kind of varnish but I haven't tried. Good luck with your beautiful project.

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  9. These are so pretty! You are very talented. I added a link to my Rock Crafts article at Squidoo.

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  10. Just discovered your blog and love it. Your work is amazing. I am following you. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

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  11. Oh Anu, thank you so much for your kind comment and for following my work! I will be visiting you at My Dream Canvas very soon.

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  12. These rock mandalas are wonderful. I also found you via Pinterest. I have posted your blog link on my FB page for a friend who creates mandalas as well.

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  13. Lovely Mandala's!!Your work is really beautiful...thanks for sharing!!

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  14. Jacquie, thank you for your visit and for your lovely comment. I appreciate you sharing my link.

    barbi15ca, you are very kind, thank you for your visit!

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  15. Wonderful! I love mandala's and rocks. Great combo!
    You rock!

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  16. Thank you Nicole! I'm glad you like my work.

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  17. Faz coleção de pedras...agora tenho motivo maior para continuar a colecionar...Vou descobrir qual material temos disponível aqui no Brasil para fazer "o mesmo" trabalho com as minhas. Obrigada por partilhar seu dom. Deus ti abençoe.

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  18. These painted pebble mandalas are so gorgeous! I love artwork that manages to be both simple and complicated at the same time - there's something endlessly fascinating and oddly calming in all the little details.

    Do you happen to know if either the Faber-Castell pens or the Staedtler technical pen and ink work well on glass?

    I've recently been experimenting with back painting glass panels (with Pebeo Porcelaine to give an enamelled effect) but the pens I've tested so far either don't give a consistent, solid line, or worse, smear as soon as I put paint over the top. Sadly, the book I started with didn't give any details of what brand/type of pen (or ink) the author was using, so I'm rather stuck until I figure out the technical problems. When I saw these lovelies, I started to wonder if the pebbles' non-porous surface might be similar enough to glass to try the same pens...

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind comment!
      Sorry, I have no idea!!!! I have never tried them on glass.

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  19. Dear Mag, I have been painting rocks using acrylic paints and sharpies, but when I spray a gloss sealer on them, the paint runs. Is there a cure for that? I want them to last and be resistant to the elements.

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  20. Dear Lotta, I always let dry the acrylic ink for 24 hours before applying the varnish. I haven't used paint or sharpie but I guess it would be the same. I only started using the varnish recently so I'm not and expert...

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  21. Lotta Joy--I remember there is something about using water based (acrylics) with oil based pens and then water based pens with an oil based sealer or paint--when the two are the same they smear or run. Can't remember more than that, but it's a hint that may help.

    MagaMerlina--have you tried any of the gold or silver pens? I think black stones with metallic inks could be amazing. I have collected oval rocks up til now--will be looking for circles from now on! Thanks. (See you on Pinterest too!)

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    1. No, I haven't tried them...yet... I'm obsessed with circles (mandalas) but you could try paisleys on the oval rocks :) thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I have just found your Blog and discovered your rock painting..I absolutely must try this...thank you for sharing your creativity..I am so glad I found you on Pinterest...will go today and look for the pens..you are so inspiring..I am new to Tangling and am also loving Mandalas..where do you find the pebbles??
    Thanks,
    Tina
    I am now following you as well!

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    1. Thank you Tina for your lovely message and for following me! I collect the pebbles when I go for walks or trips...different places, beaches, river banks, etc.

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  23. Hi Maria, love your blog, your work is so inspiring! I'm interested in your Staedtler 0.4 technical .
    Do you have any problems with it such as clogging? I'm after a good white pen and a technical pen seems like a great idea! Thanks x

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    1. Thank you Kaz!! You have to take care of technical pens. Than means using it constantly if it has ink on it, washing and "flushing" it frequently. The advantage is you can take the anywhere easily. To be honest, these days I'm using the dip pen which doesn't need special care. http://www.magamerlina.com/2012/02/two-painted-pebbles.html

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  24. Hi your work is great! I also found out about it in Pinterest. I have one question. Do you use some kind of primer? The rocks I have collected are quite porous and the ink from the pen is absorbed and i'm getting a "guache effect". Or am I using the wrong pen...? Thanx. Keep inspiring us!
    Konstantina- Greece

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    1. Hi Konstantina! Thank you for you nice comment about my work.
      On the pebbles on this post I didn't use any primer. In later ones you can see here http://www.magamerlina.com/2012/10/mandala-painted-pebbles.html I tried a mate outdoors spray varnish, to make the surface smoother when using a dip pen. Which pen and ink are you using?

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    2. I like the varnished ones even better! I used a regular marker, I'm very new to this... As I understand it should be with acrylic ink, so I'm going for the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen. I'll practice with that and then try dip pens. Thank you very much for taking the time to reply.

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    3. You're welcome Kostantina. They have varnish before and after painting them, you have to let them dry before painting and before varnishing.
      You have to use either acrylic inks or permanent markers. You can use the acrylic ink with a dip pen or a very fine brush.

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    4. It worked!! Thanks for sharing your ideas and techniques!

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    5. That is great Konstantina! Always welcome :)

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  25. Very beautiful! You must have a steady hand. Unfortunateluy now being in my late 50s I tend to shake a bit mow. I have an answer to some previous questions and/or oppsies. I paint rocks with acrylic and have used markers that are 'Permanent.' Very important. What Ive found sucsessful with sealers or clear coat coverage with no bleeding is onthe 1st coat MUST be very light. Let dry and then it will not bleed at all during the 2nd or 3rd coats. Which is sprayed norma coverage.I also use" 2xs ultra coverage clear coat by Rust-oleum". In any finsh you desire. Matte, satin or gloss they all work well no bleeding so far. :o). I haven't tried the inks you suggest that sounds fun, as I'm a doodle and detail artist. So thinner and white are what I've been wanting thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment, I don't have much experience with the sealers and varnishes so I really appreciate you input here!!!

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  26. Hi Maria, I really like your work. I started to paint pebbles this year. It's hard to find the proper pen for them. I'll try calligraphy pens now and also keep your suggestions in my mind. I wonder if I paint the pebble with just acyrlic, will these pens and ink work again?(For drawing on the painted pebble) Once I tried to draw and paint just with the acyrlic paint but it didn't look so good. Colors seemed to be permeable. For painting it whole, do you also have a suggestion of a paint type?

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    1. Aslı thank you very much for your words! I know you can use the Staedtler and Daler-Rowney acrylic inks on technical pens but you have to wash them properly afterwards if you are not using them everyday. I have never used acrylic paint on technical pens or dip pens mainly because they are to thick. As for acrylic paints I recommend the Golden Acrylics which are artist grade rather than regular student grade acrylics, they are more expensive but make a huge difference!

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  27. So beautiful! I need to get the supplies and sit with my sweet 10 year old granddaughter who loves to draw and do these. Your work is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with the world your talent.

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    1. Thank you very much Pamela!! You two are going to have great time painting ;)

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