Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Reuben Rocks Our Facebook Group

The search for our Facebook Group's header image for the festive season is now over. Our winner is Reuben, aged 8.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Handcrafted 'Rocks' from concrete

We have been asked why, occasionally, we use concrete to create moulded rock alternatives, and here's the reason why ...

Monday, 18 November 2019

Giotto Decor Materials Paint Markers Review

Giotto water-based ink pens for rocks. These were relatively new to me when I first saw them and never did I think they'd be suitable for rocks.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Darby & Joan Club Members Get Rocking!

Today we spent some time with the Aberfan & Merthyr Vale Darby and Joan Club for a workshop!  There was some fantastic artiness going on, from bumble bees and ladybirds to Christmas inspired pieces.

Friday, 8 November 2019

The Taff Rocks Library

Taff Rocks, following a successful funding bid, has started on the road of an "inspiration and ideas" library.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Spooky B&Q Halloween Pumpkins & Scarecrows

So many spooktacular pumpkins, scarecrows, 'Frankies' and lots, lots more left B&Q Merthyr Tydfil today after an amazing rock painting workshop!

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Halloween Workshoppers Prepare to Rock the Town!

The first of our Halloween-themed workshops this week went spooktacularly well! Over the next few days, check out for the spooky wonders around the place, ready to peak out and give you a scare.

Friday, 25 October 2019

Festive Header Competition 2019

The 2019 Taff Rocks Facebook Group Festive Header Competition has started! From now, until 30th November, start creating and sharing.

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Halloween Workshops

We have two, spooktacular Halloween rock painting workshops coming up. You can create your spooky art to share or use it to decorate your doors, tables, windows etc.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Volunteer Workshop Facilitator required

Do you enjoy running activities for children and adults? Are you looking to gain some experience? Are you someone with a creative flair who can inspire people? You don't need to be a fantastic artist, or any 'good' at painting and drawing, just enjoy inspiring other creative flair.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Competition Winner

In our recent "1000 Thank You's" free draw, we found our winner using the following:

Friday, 27 September 2019

Free Halloween Rock Painting Workshop

B&Q Merthyr Tydfil are holding a free rock painting workshop, facilitated by volunteers from Taff Rocks.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Post reactions

Taff Rocks are rolling out "reactions" on our posts and entries across all our pages.

You will find them at the bottom of the posts. Please feel free to use them and, if you wish, take a moment to go back to your favourite posts and use them there.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Smiley Halloween Pumpkin

A happy pumpkin, easy to follow tutorial. Enjoy!

A fantastic addition to your Halloween display and will certainly make someone smile when set free and shared.

Easy Halloween Pumpkin

This simple little smiley pumpkin will made a fantastic addition to your Halloween display and will certainly make someone smile when set free and shared.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Our First Newsletter is Now Available!

Our first newsletter is now available. We have two versions:
  • The abridged, free version - available by subscription only:
    • Contains news and updates of all the happenings to Taff Rocks so far
    • Even though Issue one has been released, it's not too late to subscribe to receive it and future issues
  • The unabridged version - available only by purchasing from the publisher:
    • This is much larger than the free version, it till contains the same information but also contains some project tutorials, How to Paint Rocks, and so much more
    • Profits from the sale of this version are donated to Taff Rocks to help with future workshops

Halloween Witch

By Kathryn
Admin of #Marsh Rocks & a member of Taff Rocks on Facebook

In a fantastic sharing of kindness, Kathryn has agreed to share her picture tutorial with us so we can share it with you. Marsh Rocks is a small, but growing group and, I'm sure we'd all agree that this is a brilliant, simple tutorial and we are very thankful to Kathryn and #Marsh Rocks for allowing us to use them.

Easy Halloween Cat

By Kathryn
Admin of #Marsh Rocks & a member of Taff Rocks on Facebook

In a fantastic sharing of kindness, Kathryn has agreed to share her picture tutorial with us so we can share it with you. Marsh Rocks is a small, but growing group and, I'm sure we'd all agree that this is a brilliant, simple tutorial and we are very thankful to Kathryn and #Marsh Rocks for allowing us to use them.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

1K Giveaway - Free to enter

Taff Rocks is celebrating you! As a 'Thank you' for helping us reach 1000 members over on the Facebook group, we are running a 1K Giveaway.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The International Sharing of Kindness with Taff Rocks

When Taff Rocks put out a call for 'rockers' / rock painters, to take part in a header project, little did we realise just how far it would go!

Friday, 16 August 2019

Daisy-Eyed Smileys

The daisy-eyed smiley is a simple, little creation that anyone can have a go at.  All you need is some imagination with the background colour because, in all fairness, it's the various colours that make these look amazing.

Friday, 2 August 2019

Rock Wombling - Womble Up The Trash!

Taff Rocks challenges you to become an environmental hero! By taking part in some Rock Wombling and Wombling up the trash as you go about rock hunting / hiding, we can help maintain our green spaces and environment.

By clicking on the image above, you will be able to read some basic safety guideline. 

Thank you to Jake from Keep Wales Tidy for putting these guidelines together for us and thank you also to Amy and FoDRocks for allowing Taff Rocks to use the Rock Wombling name.

Why not share your images of your Wombling exploits on our Facebook page too?

Friday, 26 July 2019

Our Second Trading Post is Open for Rocks!

We were excited to be given the opportunity of a trading post at a Cafe in Llandovery! It is a regular place to visit for the biker community, as well as non-bikers of course.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Paint Pouring

Paint pouring, probably one of the newest, exciting techniques to hit the rock painting phenomenon for a while.

Here is a simple to follow photo tutorial to help you create your own. 

Sunday, 30 June 2019

A New Pen Experiment

A little while ago, these pens were 'doing the rounds' on one or two rock painting groups claiming to be better on rocks than some other pens. It was claimed that they do not run or smudge when sealing.

Of course, Taff Rocks had to try a little 'experiment' to check out these claims.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Pebeo Iridescent Acrylic Paints

Every bumble bee painted rock exhibit, at our recent Beeline, received a comment. However, the base coat of some of the rocks from our friends at Lichfield Kindness Rocks (LCR) received a raving review due to its wonder and iridescence.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins set off in Apollo 11 from Kennedy Space Centre on the 16th of July 1969. 

"The Eagle has landed!" were the first words uttered by a human being from the moon on July 20th 1969. 

Monday, 24 June 2019

Paint A Rock, Hide A Rock Day 2019

July 24th is Paint a Rock Hide a Rock Day 

Painted Rocks have spread around the world creating smiles and chain reactions of kindness. 

International Drop A Rock Day 2019

This year's word is Harmony

This is the 4th year that this global drop a rock day has run. Originally started, and continued, by the Word Rocks Project. 

Sunday, 23 June 2019

The Ynysowen Beeline Exhibition 2019 (Video)

On the 21st June 2019, Taff Rocks hosted an exhibition of bumble bee inspired painted rocks.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

I Can't Paint

By Sally-Ann Luxton
26 April 2019

It's no good asking me, I can't paint (or so I thought)

When I was asked to help out with some painting my first thought was 'I can paint a wall but that's it. I can't paint!!!'

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Thank you B&Q Merthyr Tydfil

Taff Rocks would like to take a moment to thank B&Q Merthyr Tydfil for their fantastic donation of paints!

When starting out, it is a daunting process, especially when you want so much to run workshops but, alas, funds are an issue.

Taff Rocks wrote a letter to their local B&Q Depot asking for masonry paint tester pots at a reduced price. Before we knew it, an email ended up in our inbox with such wonderful news.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Different 'Bees'

Not all bee rocks for the Ynysowen Beeline has to have a bumblebee on them, you can also try these.  There's no tutorial, as such, but included here are the Graffiti Alphabet letters that were used on these two rocks.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

The Ynysowen Beeline Event

We, at Taff Rocks, want to celebrate you! We want to celebrate that, even with all our differences, we can all work together regardless of age, gender, religion and everything else. We also want to celebrate the humble bumble bee, without which, our lives would be so much different.

To do this, on Friday June 21st, Taff Rocks are making a BeeLine for the old pit wall in Nixonville in Merthyr Tydfil. The event starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Latest News and Updates

Back in 2018, the co-founders promised themselves that they'd bring Taff Rocks Rock Schools aka workshops, out into the community. To do this, they needed to fundraise!  

At the end of last month, we were successful in our Small Grants application, for start-up, from Invest Local in the Ynysowen Area. This grant will enable us to secure DBS checks, Public Liability Insurance, and some basic start-up materials and equipment.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Owl Rock

After creating a few bee rocks recently, here at Taff Rocks HQ, we thought we'd have a change and create an Owl rock for you.  If you're looking for our complete lists of tutorials, click here for the index

There are many and varied tutorials out there on how to create simple owls on rocks and make them look perhaps a little more complicated when completed. It's all nice and simple and we encourage you to have a browse around the internet, including Pinterest, for some ideas

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Bumblebee Rock

This little bumblebee is the last Taff Rocks has planned to published this week, check out the Bumblebee index page on the Tutorial index

He is very much painted in the same way as the 'staple' of all good rocks, the Ladybird rock that was published a little while ago.

Front-facing Bumblebee Rock

This little bumblebee is the third published within the last week, check out the Bumblebee index page on the Tutorial index

Monday, 25 March 2019

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Easy Finger Painted Butterfly

With the recent additions of spring-time 'things' tutorials of finger-painted bees, flowers and caterpillars, anything Spring just wouldn't be Springy enough without the anticipation of caterpillars emerging as butterflies not long away! There might even be another bee tutorial due soon so, watch this space!

This butterfly is absolutely as colourful as you want her to be, so let's get creating!

Using Colouring Books For Inspiration

I have been asked, in the past, where I get some of my inspiration from. I am unashamedly a great user of the internet and kids colouring books.

The reason why I prefer kids colouring books is because of the simplicity of some of the pages, which allows me to directly copy or even just get the ideas.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Easy Finger Painted Caterpillar

These little caterpillars are just so sweet! If you change the colour of his face, you can turn an 'ordinary' caterpillar into The Hungry Caterpillar!

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Easy Finger Painted Flowers

Finger painted flowers, a beautiful and simple little flower of any colour your desire. Creating finger painted flower rocks couldn't be easier, even for little fingers, under adult supervision. After all, we don't want our little ones putting their paint-y fingers in their mouths, even if the pain is non-toxic.

Easy Finger Painted Bumble Bees

With the coming of spring, comes the buzzing of the bees. Creating bumble bee rocks couldn't be easier when using this easy finger painted method. It's even suitable for little fingers, under supervision. After all, we don't want our little ones licking the paint, even if it is non-toxic.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Let's Get Buzy!

I don't know about you, but I've seen a quite a few bumblebees busying themselves around the garden over the last week or more. Get busy getting buzy with bizzyyy little bees and let's celebrate that!!!!!!!!