Pebble painting has been around a number of years and is believed to have been inspired by Megan Murphy’s ‘The Kindness Rock Project‘. Megan began by hand writing messages on rocks and leaving them on the beach for others to find. This trend spread with others leaving decorated pebbles in open spaces for others to find and share. More recently they have been used to show support for the NHS, often decorated with rainbow colours.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is asking people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales to collect, paint and donate pebbles to create colourful pebble paths at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital in Telford.
These will serve as a reminder of the incredible hard work by NHS staff and the support they’ve received from the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. The stones can be painted with a design or just a single colour. The single coloured pebbles will be put together to form a giant rainbow, commemorating the collaboration of the community during the pandemic to show support to those on the frontline.
Anyone can get involved and donate as many pebbles as they like, whether it’s a unique design or one bold colour. The Trust is asking everyone to start collecting their pebbles ready to be dropped off at their hospitals when it’s safe to do so.
For more information, or to let the Trust know that you have pebbles ready, please contact the Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01743 492390
Whether making for yourself, a friend, a stranger or SaTH, pebble painting is a fun and simple way to get creative with basic art materials.
The first thing to do is choose your pebble, ideally one with a smooth surface. If you cannot get outside to find them they can be ordered from some gardening and DIY centres online.
When it comes to choosing your design the possibilities are endless! Sometimes the shape of a pebble can offer inspiration, such as a heart. You could also try patterns, animals, plants, messages, houses or shapes.
The best paints to use are a waterproof craft paint or acrylic. Ideally you should apply two layers to make sure the colour is thick enough and then varnish your finished piece to make it shiny but also to protect the painting.
When dry feel free to share or keep your pebbles as you wish!
We would love to see what you come up with! Send us a picture of your creations and we’ll share them in our Creativity in Isolation online exhibition.