We have a few families coming over this week so I created a kids area for them to paint these metallic khatam garden rocks.
Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point stars.
I had seen a similar craft with letters in an old craft book from years ago but now can’t find the original source. I do remember being mesmerized by the gold paint that was used. At the time, the only options to create such a rock gem would have been use to use gold leaf. Now, crafters have the easy use of craft paint that is in metallic colors, like the paints I recently received as a Plaid Ambassador.
To make the gathering go smoothly, I’ve written out the instructions before hand and will leave all the supplies. It will be exciting to see what develops over a day of crafting.
We washed & dried our rock before we got started. After we made sure it was thoroughly dry, my daughter cut out two square pieces of painters tape. She placed both, offsetting one to created an eight point star, on the rock. She then drew out the design in pencil before removing the tape.
My daughter used the paintbrush to add three coats of the metallic paint.
Here is what the final khatam garden rock looks like.
It will be fun to see the different sizes that kids will create. I also plan on leaving out blue & white paints to create Nazar rocks.
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