Sand 'n' Sketch  Instructions

 

 

A ~ Your Kit Contains ~

 

  • 1 – One Special Rock – Up to 4 inches in height, up to 7” in length, weighing approx.  1-3 lbs.

  • 2 – Pieces of Sandpaper – a strip of 240 grit and 400 grit (Sand-wet) Norton sandpaper.  You may use any brand as long as it is water resistant. Regular sandpaper works too but won't last as long.

  • 2 - Latex free gloves. If you choose not to wear the gloves your bare hands work well too, you will only get white powder on them.

  • 1 - Piece of colored Pastel

  • 1 – Sponge

  • 1 – Sheet of paper towel

  • 1 - 1 oz. Fixative  

  • 1 - Hard copy of S'n'S Introduction & Instructions 

  

B ~ You Need To Supply ~

    

  • A medium container that can hold your sponge and a few ounces of water.

  • If you want, use a comfortable container to rest your rock on for support while working on your project.

  • Your imagination.

  • See video on website: www.sandnsketch.com to see how I support my rock while I work on it and how I create the picture.

 

C ~ Now Create Your Masterpiece ~

 

  • The rock you have purchased or have been gifted has a sketch on it, which I created to ensure the rock you have in your kit produces a quality image for your enjoyment. The image is protected with a fixative therefore you can touch it lightly without damaging the picture quality. 

  • To start your experience, you can erase the current picture with a wet sponge or just add a few drops of water.  Using the sandpaper press firmly with the 240 grit sandpaper as shown on the video and when the consistency ( the right amount of white powder from the sanding process and water) is just right you should see a stunning 3D image appear while floating the sandpaper above the rock.  The 400 grit sandpaper can be used as well.  The only difference is it will create a more defined contrast with the black background.

  • If you are working from a dry image all you need to do is add a few drops of water to the rock.  With light to medium pressure on the sandpaper you should have enough white powder to produce your image.  If you need more just press a little harder on the rock with the sandpaper.  If it starts drying add a few drops of water and continue. 

  • Typically the the image will dry from the top down so you need to work quickly, once it begins to dry you cannot make corrections without distorting the final image.

  • If you like what you've created let it dry and if you want to keep it for an extended length of time you can preserve the image by spraying the fixative (supplied) on the rock.  If you want to change it, just add a few drops of water and start again.  The white powder on the rock from the last image you created, can be reused to create your new sketch. 

  • The fixative is not required unless you want to touch the sketch you created.   If you touch the rock without the fixative, white powder will appear on your fingers tips.  Spraying the fixative on your sketch will prevent that.  Unprotected, the image will change slightly, the dark areas may get a little darker.   

   

D ~How to Preserve Your Masterpiece ~

 

  • If you’ve created a picture that you love and want to save.  Spray a light mist of the fixative (supplied).  1 or 2 pumps on the rock and let it dry (spray enough to lightly wet the entire surface of your rock).  Keep the bottle approximately 8-12 inches from your sketch when spraying.  To ensure the pump is spraying properly, test the pump away from the rock first.  Do not overspray or you could end up with water marks on the image.   Let it dry, then after 1-2 hours apply a second light coat of the fixative.  2-3 coats should suffice. This will protect your project if someone was to accidently  touch the surface.

   

E ~ Tips And Misc ~

    

  • Caution should be taken when transporting your Rock Art piece.  It may scratch easily.  Treat it like a charcoal painting.   

  • Practice often and your artistic results will change & improve everyday.     

  • For now, just using the sandpaper will allow you to create an image with stunning results.  Once you become comfortable with the process you can experiment with other tools to create different effects, such as a comb, a foam brush or anything rubber works well too.  

  • If you need assistance or have any questions please send me an email and I will be glad to help you out.

  • Please  share your images with me, and I will post them on my website. Send them to fbitonti@shaw.ca  

  • The pastel is supplied so that you can add a little color to your picture.  It brings rivers and skies to life.  I will be adding a video that will demonstrate how to apply color to your masterpiece.

 

 

Thank you for your support !! I hope you enjoy yourself.

   

    Frank Bitonti

   Sandnsketch.com