Paint a little kindness!
Paint stones with uplifting messages to spread joy and inspire others.
Our extended family was planning a trip back home to the little country church cemeteries in Nebraska where our ancestors are. I wanted to be able to leave some kind of memento on the graves of my grandparents, greatgrandparents, uncles and aunts, and I thought a small painted rock would be just the thing. I had great fun making designs that reminded me of something unique to each ancestor: hearts, angels,
flags, ladybugs, frogs, family trees and such. I sometimes added a little message of love and remembrance. I must admit, though, that I did not count on the weight of all of those rocks in my suitcase. And I did not anticipate the reaction of the TSA agents when they ran my bag full of rocks through the airport security scanner. We had a good laugh over it.
I had so much fun with this easy and quick craft. I am not overly artistic, and my designs are rustic to be sure, but I think that is part of the charm.
These painted rocks are part of a burgeoning movement called the Kindness Rocks Project. It all began with an idea in 2015, as the group’s founder, Megan Murphy, walked the Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, Massachusetts, collecting rocks. Now hundreds of groups around the world are involved, painting rocks with inspirational messages and hiding them in public spaces for others to find. The group’s goal is simple: Inspire others to spread kindness in their communities.
Megan characterizes it as the art of connecting, “because one message at just the right moment can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life.”
I’ve since continued my own rocks project. Recently I hosted an appreciation party for some friends who helped me throughout the year. I wanted to give them little thank-you gifts. I knew many of them liked to garden or at least had a potted plant. So this time I painted whimsical garden angels on the rocks. I hope my friends will set them in the soil to protect their veggies and posies. I think it will bring smiles to their faces, and to those of anyone else who passes by.
` I had great fun making designs that reminded me of something unique to each ancestor.❞ —KALLEE KRONG-McCREERY ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA
Megan Murphy, founder of the Kindness Rocks Project, sits in the Inspiration Garden on Cape Cod’s Sandy Neck Beach, where the project began.