For Family Fun, Author Advises Return to the Stone Age

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When it comes to art activities, painting on rocks is both exciting and inexpensive, making it ideal for cash-strapped families. Lin Wellford's newest book, Rock Painting Fun for Everyone! offers a colorful array of fun and easy projects that will have you asking 'is it real or is it rock?'

I wanted to do a whole book of projects easy enough for anyone to make, even if they'd never picked up a paint brush before

"Like picking treasure up off the ground", is how legions of rock painting fans describe their somewhat quirky art form. With nearly one million books sold, Lin Wellford is known as 'the mother of modern rock painting'. Her first book, The Art of Painting Animals on Rocks, was the start of a bestselling series that has introduced hundreds of thousands of people to the joys of turning rocks into art.

"Rocks aren't intimidating the way more traditional art materials can be," explains the fifty-five year old author who painted her first rock after moving to the Arkansas Ozarks in 1978. "I've had many people tell me that they had no idea that they had any artistic talent until they painted their first rock."

Rock Painting Fun for Everyone! is Wellford's eighth book, and she feels it is her most accessible. "I wanted to do a whole book of projects easy enough for anyone to make, even if they'd never picked up a paint brush before," Wellford states.

Her newest book is also the first product of her newly established company, ArtStone Press. "I've always been an avid do-it-yourselfer. The advances in software and digital equipment convinced me that the timing was right."

Rock Painting Fun for Everyone! is available at Hobby Lobby and through Amazon.com, and other outlets are being added daily.

"With the price of just about everything on the rise, it's great to have an art material that costs the same today as it did fifty thousand years ago!" the author says. "I used to think my work was turning rocks into art, but turning ordinary people into artists is even better!"

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