Monday, January 30, 2012

Protecting & Shipping Painted Rocks

Today is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

Bubble wrap is a wonderful invention that's very effective for protecting items from damage when they're shipped long distances. And we've all had the irresistible urge of popping a few bubbles once the package is opened.

Here's a tip when using bubble wrap to pack painted rocks for shipment. Be sure to wrap the painted rocks with parchment paper before cushioning with bubble wrap. Plastic may adhere to the surface of the painted rocks and damage the finish.

For smaller painted rocks, I use bubble mailers and always wrap the painted rock with parchment paper before placing it in the bubble mailer.

Don't pop your gift recipient's bubble with a damaged painted rock. Wrap it in a protective layer of paper first before cushioning with bubble wrap and shipping it.

Click here to learn more about bubble wrap and bubble wrap appreciation day.

Note: This blog post was updated. I originally used tissue paper and plain newsprint to wrap the painted rocks before cushioning with bubble wrap. These papers adhere to the rock and are not suitable. I now use parchment paper to wrap painted rocks before shipping them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Unique Painted Rock Nativity Sets

Another category of my painted rocks that can be found online is Unique Painted Rock Nativity SetsThis online gallery of painted rock nativities contains sets I've painted over the years.


The nativity set pictured below is my most recent addition to the gallery of painted rock nativity figures. Mary, Baby Jesus, and Joseph have been painted on geometric-shaped rocks. Mary is painted on a round river rock, Joseph is painted on a triangular rock, and Baby Jesus is painted on an oval stone.


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Click here for other views of this one-of-a-kind nativity set


My online gallery of nativity sets visually illustrates how various rock sizes and shapes were used to create nativity sets and figures with unique characteristics. I always enjoy watching the Holy Family come to life as I add paint colors and features to each river rock.