This is the new love in the Zing Zing Tree household. It’s great fun and can be made by all ages (note: the pebbles need to be stuck on with a glue gun so an adult/big person will have to do the sticking).
The idea is to look at the shape, colour & texture of pebbles and use them to represent objects within a picture. Small flatter pebbles work best for this. You can also add bit’s of string, wood, leaves etc but remember less is more.
You need ‘flattish’ pebbles, pencils & picture frames.
1. Take the back and any glass/plastic away from the picture frame so that all your using is the frame. Lay this down on a sketch book and play with the pebbles. Look at them touch them. Move them around on the page. Draw some simple lines or add twigs, string etc and see how they look. Keep doing this until you have a rough design of your picture.
2. Next cut a piece of card that will fit into your picture frame and put the back on so that the frame is complete. Now reposition the pebbles, twigs, string on to the card in the picture frame and carefully draw in your lines. Next secure all the loose pieces (pebbles, string, wooed etc) to the card using a glue gun.
The simplicity of these pictures is mesmerising. I love how easy it is for children to be involved. From the trip out to look for pebbles, talking about the shape & texture. To hands on placing and design. I made the cat pebble art picture first as an example to show my girls as well as looking online for other pictures to show them. ‘Pink Spikey Man’ and the ‘Bird On A Rock’ were made by my 6 year old twins. All their own work. I was particularly impressed wit RaRa’s patience as she searched through the pebbles looking for pebbles of the same colour that would fit together to make her rock shape.
The video below gives more ideas of things to make with pebbles & stones.
With Thanks To
Red Ted Art – Matchbox Stone Pets
Plus 2 Point 4 – Rock Monsters
The Imagination Tree – Letter Pebbles
Crystals Tiny Treasure – Rock Necklace
Thinly spread – Stone Houses
Inspiration Laboratories – Stone Towers