Have you ever wondered why lots of people spend a whole lot of time in transforming stones into cartoon or animal characters, or decorating pebbles but eventually keep it away from strangers?

Across Greater Manchester, pebble art is making its way, as families continuously find new reasons to make kids visit the park. Some children either replace those pebbles with their initiative, or take them home, or even hide them again so some other people can further enjoy the search.

On Facebook alone, a pebble-painting group based in the UK has gathered over 64,000 members. A lot of surprises await you at the beach: you could see a pebble stone, for instance, having a colorful picture (probably cartoon characters or animals) painted on it. Some even have a kind of uplifting message.

Pebble painting or “rocking” is a newly prevalent craze in the US. It started with The Kindness Rocks Project of Megan Murphy. She conceived the ideas after getting some pieces of sea-smoothed glass and heart-shaped stones from the beach. She perceived them as “rare treasures or signs and messages” from her parents who are deceased. According to her, the discovery made her happy which informed her decision to make other people have a similar experience as well.

It then becomes thriving as an international community of amateur artists continues to decorate rocks and then get them hidden in public places.

Megan Murphy’s Kindness Project

The Facebook group named Love on the Rocks, and based in the UK has garnered over 64,000 members since its establishment over a year ago by Vicki Poledoles Stansfield from Essex. According to her, she suffered from anxiety and sought a quiet hobby which was free and required no skills; and which she could do at 2 am when her mind was racing.

Another enthusiast is Jacky Burns, a resident of Morecambe. For first-timers, she has some tips which include:

  • Use permanent pens or acrylic paint to decorate a pebble and seal it against the weather. You can use clear varnish or nail polish. Write the name on the back of a dedicated Facebook page.
  • Keep in a secure and public place, and wait for someone to locate it and post a photo on your group, then watch its journey.
  • Re-hide it for someone else to locate it.

There are some rocks that have crossed continents, just like the one discovered in a South London Park by Ian Hines. He eventually left it in Morocco while others spread a message or signal.

Nikki Lunn, from Stockport, also planned a tribute for those that fell victims of the attack at Manchester Arena. Through the permission of the council, she encourages people to leave aside rocks that are painted with the symbolic worker bee. She used the hashtag #lovemcr on 22 May in certain city spots.

Many have been trying to inquire about the particular thing about the movement which has captured the imagination of people; they seek to connect with one another.

 

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