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Thursday, August 20, 2015

How to paint a cobblestone path...

Hello My dear friends;

A quick tutorial on:
how to paint with acrylic paints 
a Cobblestone pathway...

I came up with this by just looking at a real pathway and I wanted to share it  with you.
I used of course my little favorite paint bottles from DecoArt: Americana...

how to paint a cobblestone path: acrylic paints

Gather your supplies; some paint, some brushes and a surface....

how to paint a cobblestone path: acrylic paints and supplies

The colors are:
Neutral Grey
Light Buttermilk
Payne's Grey

a flat 1" brush for the basecoat, a liner/ round #2, a curved flat # 6 for the side load, a stencil brush and a white charcoal pencil

Surface: a wood piece...for final project (note: tutorial was made on paper)

Step1: Base Coat and trace lines;

how to paint a cobblestone path: acrylic paints step 1-3

- base coat with "neutral grey" the entire surface with 1' brush
- with a white charcoal pencil draw lines for stones
(first make vertical wiggle lines then draw some twisted horizontal ones, until you have covered the hole area)

Step 2: Paint lines
- with liner/round 2" brush with "zinc" paint, make them thin and thick

Step 3: Side Load/Float
- with 3 different colors/shades
"Side load/Floating": refers to a painting technique, where you add shading or highlights with a flat/curved or angular brush that is loaded ONLY on one side with paint and the other half loaded with water or extender

how to paint a cobblestone path: acrylic paints step 3-5

- with "light Buttermilk" in some areas of each stone, then with "driftwood" and finally with "Payne's Grey" to give a "blueish look"... this is very random

Step 4: Stipple
- with a stencil brush very lightly with the 3 colors mentioned above...and randomly!

Step 5: paint again the lines
- with "Zinc" and Voilà!...

how to paint a cobblestone path: acrylic paints

Why to make a cobblestone pathway?

well I will incorporate this pathway in a wooden Halloween house that I painted
I will show you this project very soon...stayed tuned and keep on the look for it!
It is very cute!!!

happy painting...or crafting!!

Until next time my friends!



  1. A great tutorial Bibiana and such a lovely realistic effect.

    Hugs Erika. x

  2. How clever and beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial Bibiana.

    Love & hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  3. Thank you for the tutorial. A very cool effect. Look forward to seeing the Halloween house. Hugs

  4. Oh wow, what a gorgeous cobblestone path!! You did an amazing job with it!! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial, too!! Love this!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. Oh my you did a fabulous job on the stones, they look so real with all your shading, look forward to your project!

  6. Superbe !!!! merci pour le partage.

  7. Merci de nous offrir ce petit cours !

  8. Wow, beautiful color and effect with your cobblestone pathway, it looks stunning. Looking forward to your Halloween house.

  9. WOUW this looks sooo realistic, and woulæd be a perfect wau to make garden paths too, if we´re making a gardenpicture and also as you sauid for a driveway in front of a house or something simular.
    Thanks sooo much for a great tutorial here, it looks awesome and is sooo easy to underrstand, that even I might be able to do this ha ha ha.
    Have a wonderful week-end and lots of great fun.

  10. Very clever technique Bibiana and so effective thank you for showing us the technique


  11. bravo bibiana tes explication s sont super merci

  12. Oh my, you're such a tease. I can't wait to see what you do with this cobblestone. You make me miss painting so much. When I go visit my daughter in September, we are going to a class where there will be a painting party of 40 woman all painting the same scene. The instructor is going to guide us along so we all end up with the same picture. I chose the class with the Toronto nighttime skyline with water reflection in the water. I'll be sure to post it when it's done.

  13. Beautiful variety I can think of many ways to use them ...........Lis

  14. That is amazing!! Wonderful tutorial!


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