One message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life! The messages on these thoughtful pebbles take many forms: gratitude, affirmations, encouragement, and offers of hope.

Remember! Share you finds and creations by taking a quick snap and sharing online using the hashtag #FarleighRocks!

How it works and painting your rocks

Where do you get the rocks?

You can pop into Farleigh Hospice. We have rocks, already painted with a base coat ready to add the design of your choice.

Alternatively you could pick up some rocks when out and about or pop to your local garden center. Top tip: make sure your rock is nice and smooth!

Do I need a base coat for my rocks?

To base coat or not to base coat…It really just depends on your preference. You can simply rinse the rock and then give it a good scrub under water, allow to dry, and then paint! Alternatively you can give the rock a quick base coat on one side (or both if you fancy), usually black or white, and then go.

What kind of paint do you use for rock painting?

Pick supplies you are comfortable using. If you have been painting for years then a brush and acrylics might be your cup of tea. If you prefer to doodle on a pad of paper, paint pens might be your way to go. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to create painted rocks. Us here at Farleigh tend to use Sharpie permanent markers but any permanent pens should be fine.

Top tip: Don’t forget to add #FarleighRocks to the back of your rock!

How do you seal your rocks?

There are lots of different options out there to seal your rock painting masterpiece. You can use a spray sealer/lacquer or a clear outdoor varnish.

Here are a few tips on how to seal your rocks:

  • Look for a sealer that is weather resistant and non-yellowing.
  • Start with a light coat. You can add a second and even third coat after.
  • Always make a tester rock by adding a bit of whatever medium you decorate your rocks with and giving them a quick varnish. This way you know that your artwork won’t run.

Alternatively drop them to us at Farleigh and we will varnish them for you.

What do you do with your painted rocks?

Leave your rock in a public place for other people to find, for example a local park. 

Make sure that you leave the rocks in an easy-to-find place where they won't get in the way.

  • If you are leaving the rock in a park, someplace next to a shrub, inside a bed of flowers, or at the base of a tree would work well.
  • If you are talking a stroll along a path, a patch of grass will work, as long as it is not part of someone's private land.

Alternatively you can:

  • Donate them to Farleigh hospice.
  • Join our #FarleighRocks group.
  • Give them as gifts.
  • Decorate your home (just don’t turn into a rock hoarder!!)

Donate some rocks

If you've got some undecorated rocks which you'd like to donate to us to spruce up we'd love to have them! Simply pop into the hospice and drop them off at reception.