Project Naptime: Rock Doodles

Here’s a project that can take as much or as little time as you want. It can be purely decorative or functional, too. It requires no set up or clean up. And it only takes two ingredients: a paint pen (any color you like; I think white, gold, or silver look especially nice) and river rocks.

So how do you do it?

Step one: Grab the paint pen with your dominant drawing hand — or your opposite hand if you’re feeling adventurous. I happen to be a lefty.

Step two: Draw on a rock.

That’s it!

So with a little imagination, the possibilities are endless! I use it as an opportunity to keep my hands busy when I have a few minutes here and there, and have a small — but growing! — collection in a dish, which I think is fun to look at. Patterns, feathers, animals: whatever strikes my fancy.

A larger rock would make a nice paperweight for yourself or a friend. Gather thirty rocks and make a checkers set; gather thirty-two and make it chess! Backgammon! Tic-tac-toe! Whatever you like. You could even write a special message or use them as place cards for a special dinner party. Label plants. Anything!

I realize that “anything” can be a bit daunting. But it’s what I like most about this project; there’s no pressure to make it perfect, and because I usually only make one or two at a time, I’m free to do whatever comes to me at the moment. So if you’re feeling frustrated by a lack of ideas, try to relax, let go of that conscious effort, and approach it instead like you would doodling in the margins of a notebook. Start by making random dots or lines, spirals or squiggles, and see what happens from there. The point is to have fun!