Stone of the Month

A fine poem and a well-shaped stone are the simple components for this surprisingly beautiful gift. This edition of Teachers' Info shows you how to make your own stone.

Stone of the Month

What the spring cannot sow,
the summer cannot ripen,
the autumn cannot harvest,
the winter cannot exploit.
Johann Gottfried von Herder

"One stone says more than a thousand words..." is our motto this month. A fine poem and a well-shaped stone are the simple components for this surprisingly beautiful gift. White PLAKA is all you need to create your very personal present, which you probably won't want to give away once it is finished! This edition of Teachers' Info shows you how to make your own stone.

The stone carries your personal message in the form of a poem.

Firstly, clean the stone with a rough brush in order to make the surface smooth. After having practised writing with a brush, choose a style and "paint" the poem on the stone. A particular style of writing can emphasise the message of the poem. With this example we would like to show you how effective an attractive style can be.

The same poem written in 2 different styles has a completely different effect:

Example 1: Clear-cut and sober - these lines contain practically no emotion.
Example 2: The sweeping style has the magic of a fresh spring day.

Once the white paint has dried, the stone should be coated with Pelikan Clear Varnish. This prevents the artwork from suffering when the stone is handled.