Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Before & After Painted Rocks: Suns

In the 1970's, I made this sun wall hanging using yarn and burlap. After I left home, my sister saved Mr. Sun from the trash and now proudly displays him in her home and collects sun art. To thank her for reuniting me with a blast from the past, I offered to paint a sun rock for her collection.

Reunited with my wall hanging after 40 years


I used 4 different stones so I could paint 4 different sun designs.

Suns and Moons painted on rocks by Cindy Thomas


I started with the smallest stone and simplest design first - a stylized sun on one side and moon on the other.

Stylized sun and moon painted rock

Both my sister and I live in the Southwest so hot chili peppers were the inspiration for this sun's design.

Painted Rock with Chili Pepper Sun Face by Cindy Thomas
Red Hot Mama Painted Sun Rock

A Talvera Mexican ceramic tile was the inspiration for this painted rock sun.

Moon and Sun Faces painted on a stone by Cindy Thomas
Talavera Inspired Painted Sun Rock


Rocks don't have to be round for a sun & moon design. My sister liked this one the best and it's now a part of her collection.

Moon and Sun Faces painted on a rock by Cindy Thomas