Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sleeping Stones and a Water Goblin

Today I painted rocks. 

Well, what I actually did was reveal what was already there with faint washes of white and black paint.

Many believe that nature spirits reside within rocks and trees and earth. I think there is an extraordinary relationship between stone and the wee folk. But I digress...

Today I uncovered this fellow. He seems to me like a sort of 'Green Man', but he was pleased to sleep soundly under the water.

Sleeping Stones and the Water Goblin - Nichola Battilana

And there was a sleeping stone, who found a spot nestled on the bank. I've called her a sleeping stone because her eyes are closed, but she isn't sleeping at all. She's listening.

Sleeping Stones and the Water Goblin - Nichola Battilana

Finally, this stinker. A water goblin! He was quick to splash himself into the water and was positively giddy at the prospect of frightening someone, or getting a nibble at a toe or two.

Sleeping Stones and the Water Goblin - Nichola Battilana

And it's seems good timing, with that fat full moon outsides, to share today's adventure with you.




Important side note: Yes, the paint on these will wear off over time. The amount of paint used on all these stones could be held on a penny. It is also non-toxic craft paint. If you are considering painting your own stones, please make environmentally responsible choices.

14 comments:

  1. I love these, but that cheeky water goblin is such a delightful stinker!

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  2. Nichola..you never cease to amaze me..Such an artist...

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  3. Fantastic! But doesn't the water wash off the paint?

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    1. I made some last year for the garden and left them over winter and it's actually a lot more resilient than you would expect without a sealant. BUT, yes, in water it will wear it off over time, but I kind of like the idea of them fading away. If I really wanted to preserve them I'd give them a coat or two of marine varnish to seal them.

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  4. Nichola, thank you for taking us along on the wonderful journey meeting your resident stone folk...Happy Earth Day!! I have been collecting and communing with stones with faces since I can remember, but I never thought to enhance with paint. So charming! Blessings and special full moon wishes, sheila

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  5. What a charming surprise while walking in the green. I wish I had a stream to add these to. Although they could be added to a flower bed, if I only had one of those . . . wait I DO! Another project for my list, I could put them near the dragon.

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  6. There is creating magic and then there is finding the magic already within the world around us. You do BOTH with such grace and beauty. . . these are truly inspiring! I will be looking for the "hidden folk" around here more often now! Thank you!

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  7. I tried this over the weekend and had such a good time finding the faces in the rocks, thank you for sharing! This was totally inspiring

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  8. These are so beautiful! Thank you so much for showing how they happen!

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