Painting Layers – Pocket Pets

Hello everyone! Today I am going to share a new project I have picked up. Being that I have four younger siblings, they love finding new things to play with. So for their birthdays and Christmas, I have made up a batch (that I am adding to) as gifts. With each picture, I will explain what it is and generally how I made them. This is definitely a fun thing to do for your own kids, siblings, self, or family members! Enjoy!

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To start off, I have one of my personal favorites: Queasy Cheese. This lovely pocket pet has two faces. This one is regular cheese, and the back side is down below. My technique here was pretty simple: white paint layer (I use acrylic with mod podge finish), yellow, the yellow-orange dots, and black for the face. This one even stands up on its own, which is awesome.

 

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Here is the opposite side of Queasy Cheese! You cannot see it too well due to my light, but he is a sickly green color with moldy cheese spots. Due to the rock’s shape, Queasy is even bent over as if he is sick, which my little brother loved. Again, a similar technique above – always include the white layer first!

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This was, I believe, my first project. This lovely blue whale was carved from a stick I found, with the intention of turning it into a spoon originally (for their dolls). I split the wood for the mouth, carved off wood for nearly 2 hours, and shaped it to how I wished. I believe I still did a white layer, although it wasn’t necessary in this case. My siblings definitely enjoy this one!

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Here we have one of my other favorites: Goldy the goldfish. Surprisingly, I actually intended this to be a boombox, then a bug, yet it turned out to be a fish (or bug, depending on your perspective). Due to the rough texture, the white paint was a difficult but necessary first layer.

 

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I was walking along the highway once (which is practically a dirt road) beside our golf course and ran across this beauty. Over time, I decided it would be amazing to paint as a beehive since it looked exactly like one. Unfortunately, the texture and acrylic paint didn’t work out too well – especially with mod podge – so some spots are a bit finicky. “The Hive” is in respect of my favorite Minecraft server, HiveMC

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After finding this lovely, smooth rock, I contemplated the best option: cookie or pancake? Well, after asking my siblings, I agreed to do both. The smooth side shown here is the pancake, with syrup, butter, and strawberries. The kids loved it!

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On the flip, rougher side, I have their chocolate cookie. After I discovered some white remained, I simply said it included white chocolate chips. Again, this was a great hit!

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Being a fan of Beyong Good and Evil, I originally intended this to be one of the robots. After further thought, I turned it into a friendly, tuxedo wearing, brown/green haired robot. My brother adored it, along with the others!

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Now again, lighting isn’t perfect here. This Christmas tree is actually more tree green than it is here, with green and red christmas lights and a lovely smile. Great Pocket Pet for Christmas!

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Unfortunately, the light was being exceptionally a pain here. This is a neat little horse head for my sister, with pink and lime green hair, green eyes, a yellow heart, and a light smile. Originally, I intended this to be a Threstral from Harry Potter, but decided against it.

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This lovely penguin is definitely my favorite. The light washes out the color, but it actually has dark black feathers, dark pink eyes, and a yellow beak. The stone is also perfectly smooth, making a perfect Pocket Pet!

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This was actually a horse chestnut my youngest sister and I found. My brother, youngest sister, and I spent a couple hours at the park playing various games with these lovely things. Afterward, we brought home three to be painted. I used the natural bark-looking texture of the horse chestnut as the trunk/dirt, and painted on from there. For a quick job, turned out pretty nice!

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This one isn’t my favorite, but the kids love her – Mrs. Potato Head (in my own modified rock version). So many white layers were involved in this: white, brown, black, white layer for the lips, eyes, and hair, then the details above that! The hair in particular gave me difficulties because I couldn’t decide between white and pink. I ended up, by mistake, doing a light pinkish white which the kids enjoyed.

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Another early favorite of mine! This lovely fanciful turned out pretty nice. It cannot stand up on it’s own, but still a great pocket pet for the kids to enjoy.

 

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Again, the light really washes out the color here! This is a small crawling baby, with vivid green eyes, pinkish red hair, and a purple onesie. She has no arms or feet shown, but is definitely enjoyed by everyone!

I hope you enjoyed! These aren’t overly fancy, but the simplistic, bright colors definitely appeal to young kids. They spend a lot of time using their amazing imagination with sticks, dirt, and rocks, so this is a great way to boost their creativity. In terms of my own inspiration, I pick up whatever pebble that feels comfortable in my hand, take a glance, and decide what it shall be. As you saw, I change my mind quite a lot, yet it all works out in the end. For the kids, I have little tin jars that hold about five Pocket Pets and fits in the pocket.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and have a fabulous evening!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Painting Layers – Pocket Pets

  1. I love this idea. You have always loved rocks Ashlee. When Brandon died, I was watching you and Katie. As you were writing on the sidewalk with chalk I had for you, you found a small rock and gave it to me saying it was uncle Brandon. You said that what you wrote with the chalk said,” why did uncle Brandon have to die ?” I still have that rock. 😔

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    • Thank you! Ah yes, I have always loved rocks and small bits of nature. I don’t recall the rock that I wrote on, but that does seem like something I would have done at the time. I am glad you still have it though, that is nice. 😔

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