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The Story of a Mossy Couple And How to Paint Eyes

Hey there. How are you doing? I’ve been trying to finish a portrait that I’d started months ago of a gorgeous friend of ours. She has the most beautiful bone structure and this Mona Lisa look in her eyes that I’m really struggling to capture. I wish I could have a chat with Leonardo da Vinci right now so he can give me some advice. I played around for a few hours and then put her aside once again. UGH I don’t normally struggle to paint eyes. When I painted Terry Pratchett’s Librarian and the Warrior Woman they were the easiest thing to do. Maybe inspiration will strike at some stage. In the meantime I had some other eyes that needed to be finished. Meet the Mossy couple.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

They met on our garden path one bright October morning, when the dogs came running round the corner to chase yet another imaginary mailman. The rocks and pebbles tumbled and slid under their furry feet and the Mossy couple quite literally bumped into each other.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

Where the mossy couple met

I’m not sure if it was love at first sight. They had no eyes at that stage. But they sure hit it off. I swear I heard them whispering to each other.

'You rock my world, babe'Click to Tweet

Or maybe that was my hubby 😉 Anyhows, here’s how I gave them some eyes.

How to Paint Eyes on Rocks

Eyes give life to your character so it’s important to spend a little time adding that bit of soul. I normally start by drawing a rough sketch with pencil on the rock. You don’t really need to prep the rocks. The surface is pretty porous and both oil and acrylic paints sticks nicely. You only need three colors, white, black and whatever color you want your eyes to be . I usually paint the whites of the eyes first then add a small thin line of black paint to the upper lid.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

Then I paint the iris and blend the black line down into the iris and the whites of the eyes. To blend just “tap” the paint downwards about a 1/4 of the way. It immediately adds depth to the eye.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

Next I’ll add the black pupil and a tiny hint of white on one side of the iris and blend it slightly. It always fascinates me. As soon as I add that tiny bit of white and take a photo, my cell phone immediately picks up that it could be a face and the whole facial recognition software kicks in. Weird that.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

As a last touch I’ll put another smaller dab of white on the opposite side of the iris, blend it in and then add the highlight to the pupil. That’s what gives the eye some soul 😉

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

Wipe away the pencil marks and glue on some moss. Ta-da now the Mossy couple can stare into each others eyes all day long.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

Aren’t they cute? We moved them to our front door out of harms way. I don’t want our fur babies to separate them.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

And we got them some Santa hats so they can join us for Christmas 😉 I would love to chat to them about what it feels like to be a rock.

Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes

What do you think of our Mossy couple? Is it a good thing that their paths crossed? I’d love to know.

And don’t forget to share it with your friends and/or save it to Pinterest if you like the idea.
Make the cutest little mossy couple for the garden and easy tips on how to paint eyes on rocks

Wanna pin me?

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Sending you love as always and thank you so much for popping in to meet the lovely couple.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Art by Mix, Craft Tutorials, Painting, Quick & Easy Crafts


  • Posted: December 3, 2018 14:19


    Wow, so cute couple
    • Posted: December 3, 2018 17:37


      😍 Thank you, I'll be sure to tell them
  • Posted: November 12, 2018 03:17


    nice write up about Mossy Couple & How to Paint the Eyes. Thanks Michelle. keep up the good work. beautiful blog by the way.
    • Posted: November 12, 2018 05:53


      Thanks so much Jaden, I really appreciate that 🤗
  • Posted: November 3, 2018 15:52

    Cassper Nyovest

    Awwnnn... Such cute couple... I especially loved the ribbon on the girl.
  • Posted: April 21, 2018 01:43


    nice write up about Mossy Couple & How to Paint the Eyes. Thanks Michelle. keep up the good work. beautiful blog by the way.
    • Posted: April 23, 2018 15:14


      Thank you so much Emtee 😉
  • Posted: December 18, 2017 01:13

    Nikki Gwin

    They are an adorable couple and obviously meant to be together for life! I wish I could paint. I'd love to take lessons. I bought a chia head from the thrift store a few years ago and thought he'd look great with moss hair, but I haven't been successful at getting it to grow yet. You have inspired me to give it another try. :) gwingal
    • Posted: December 18, 2017 14:38


      Thank you Nikki 😊 If we stayed closer I would give you lessons anytime
  • Posted: December 5, 2017 07:25


    • Posted: December 5, 2017 13:15


      Thank you ;)
  • Posted: November 30, 2017 01:54


    Gosh, wish I could paint like that
    • Posted: November 30, 2017 05:56


      Give it a try Siya, you might surprise yourself 😀
  • Posted: November 22, 2017 20:50

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, I'm so glad the rock couple met. They look so in love. The eyes are awesome and I'm sure you'll be able to paint your friend's portrait soon enough.
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 04:47


      ❤️ I hope so Keri, thank you
  • Posted: November 21, 2017 13:34

    Michelle - Happy Heart Made

    These are sooo fun Michelle!!!💛
    • Posted: November 22, 2017 05:37


      Thanks so much Michelle 💛
  • Posted: November 19, 2017 15:01

    nikki frank-hamilton

    How fun are these? I love seeing the unexpected tucked into nature. These eyes are so pretty, and I love your step by step. Isn't it frustrating when something you've done a bajillion times before escapes you? I tend to work on it over and over until I'm so frustrated with it I quit. Another project on the "unfinished" pile. I need to learn from you and just set it to the side and come back to it later. But back to the project, it does rock my world, this spring I'm going to add some of these to our front porch! Maybe a few in our flower beds too. So fun!
    • Posted: November 20, 2017 10:20


      Oh Nikki, I would looooove to see how yours turns out. Your so talented
  • Posted: November 17, 2017 19:15


    You are a truly gifted painter, Michelle. The tutorial was easy to follow and I loved the step-by-step photos - really very helpful as I, too, like to paint. (BTW: You're story of the mossy couple was adorable ;) ).
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:52


      Awww Jelica, thank you so much and I'm really happy the tutorial helped
  • Posted: November 17, 2017 18:43

    Carol, The Red Painted Cottage

    Michelle, You really rocked this one...no pun intended! LOL You did a beautiful job on the eyes and I really love these with the moss on top.
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:52


      LOL Carol, thank you 😉
  • Posted: November 17, 2017 16:34


    These are adorable! And thanks for the great tutorial! I'm terrible at visual art (drawing/painting/etc.), but with your step-by-step process, I think even I could do this. :)
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:53


      I'm sure you'll be able to do it Amy, you're very creative 😉
  • Posted: November 16, 2017 04:15

    G&D Blog

    Oh my...this couple is so cute. I love the artistic talent of yours on these rocks.
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 06:03


      Almost as cute a couple as you and David 😉
  • Posted: November 16, 2017 00:56

    Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks

    Michelle, I just now realized what an artist you are! That Librarian "monkey" that I'm not supposed to call a monkey, and now this! I read your description of how you draw the eyes and add soul to them, and it totally went over my head. I'm not an artist in any shape or fashion. I can barely draw a stick person...really...but you! Look at that Mossy Couple. You definitely gave them soul.
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 03:51


      You make me blush Florence 😊 Thank you so very much ❤️
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 19:06

    Ana Vukosavljevic

    I'm still amazed by how good you did this! The eyes look so warm and welcoming. You are very talented and this is such a good idea as decoration.
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 06:00


      Thank you Ana 😊 I really appreciate that
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 18:12


    Wow! Those look so real. AND SO CUTE!! love the story that went with it 😊❤️
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 05:54


      Thanks so much Shraddha, I had loads of fun painting them
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 13:01

    Candy Rachelle

    This rock painting looks so adorable. It looks so much fun. and this is such a nice idea to do with my child this weekend. Perfect for a garden decoration. I will definitely try this one. Glad you share this kind of idea.
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 05:57


      I'm real glad you like it Candy. You'll and your little one will have loads of fun making them I'm sure
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 04:59

    zipporah Bermudez

    Awww the cutest thing I have ever read in a while. The Santa Claus Hat is soo cute. OMG
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 05:43


      Thanks so much Zipporah 🙂
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 04:19


    So clever, are you an artist?
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 05:43


      Thanks so much Cheryl. I do love painting but I wouldn't call myself an artist yet. I still have so much to learn
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 03:04


    Oh wow! This is such a cute idea. Those eyes look pretty close to the real thing, the drawings are really good.
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 05:43


      Thank you Agnes
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 22:56


    Haha what a cute couple these two! Michelle, you are so talented, painting eyes is so difficult but you do this like a pro! GO you! :)
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:29


      🙂 Thank you Bea 🙂
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 20:01


    You did such an amazing job, they look so cute. Love the details, eyes are the hardest part for me when I paint.
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:53


      Thanks so much Preet 😉
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 18:58

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Your mossy couple are adorable Michelle. In our village, people have recently started leaving painted rocks around the place for others to find so your post is perfectly timed!
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 05:45


      That's really such a lovely idea, leaving painted rocks for others to find. Maybe I should start a trend her in our neighborhood 🙂
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 18:54


    Woah! What a great and cute couple! They have made hell of a great beautiful eyes and also a great matchmaking! :)
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 05:59


      Thanks so much Sophi but our fur babies did the matchmaking 😊
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 17:52

    Sadhna Grover

    OMG, This mossy couple is really cute, You are a good painter, their eyes look so real and covering them with Santa hat is a good idea for Christmas. I know it is very difficult to draw eyes even on a paper, and you did it on a rock. Great job dear Michelle.
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:25


      Thanks so very much Sadhna, I really appreciate that ❤
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 17:17

    Lisa/Syncopated Mama

    What a fun idea! I would love to stumble upon these guys in my travels!
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:25


      LOL Lisa, thank you 🙂
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 16:52

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These are so cool Michelle! I see lots of rock painting but never any eyes. Beautiful eyes at that! I can paint whimsical eyes, but not real looking eyes. Love these! I am going to have to give these a try, and I think that I will do them on a rock and not tell anyone then hide them in the flowerbed somewhere to see how long it takes someone to discover them. Lol Love the mossy hair and your fun story! ❤
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:03


      Your whimsical eyes are always so amazing Linda and those carrot noses you paint on the snowmen. Love them. Please share your painted rocks when your done my friend, I would love to see them and your gran kids will have so much fun discovering them in the garden
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 16:17

    Shubhada Bhide

    This Rock Painting is so creative and cute idea. I love those eyes on the rocks, perfect decoration in the garden. I would love to try this idea.
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:28


      I hope you get to try it Shubhada. It's loads of fun
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 15:41


    awww that looks so cute! And the eyes are quite well painted as well :) I think these work perfectly as a little patio or porch decoration :)
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:54


      They look great on a patio and I love seeing the expression on kids faces when they see them the first time.
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 15:34

    Beola Lawal

    This is so beautiful and very creative, you did such a great job. I use to try painting with my younger brother when I was in high school and I am sure my brother would be amazed by this, I will be sending him this link to check it out.
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:56


      Thanks so much Beola. Maybe your brother can paint some for you
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 15:21

    corinne & kirsty

    Aww they are so adorable! I am loving the details and the idea! What a cute couple!
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 05:56


      Thanks so much ladies 🙂
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 15:15


    You painted such beautiful eyes! Would love to do this project with my friends. I'm sure we'll share lots of laughs with the stories we come up with!
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:32


      I think that's an awesome idea Marie. Imagine having a rock painting party. What fun
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 14:52

    Tanvi Rastogi

    What a sweet story ... and the eyes came out sooooooo well. It must be quite a task stopping to take pictures after each step. I commend your hard work.
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:30


      LOL Tanvi. To tell you the truth I painted a whole bunch before I remembered to take pictures of every step. Thanks for the lovely comment
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 13:54

    Sue Tanya McHorgh

    These are really good. You did a really good job on the eyes :)
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 06:04


      Thanks so much Sue Tanya 😉
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 13:45


    Oh my gosh, they are super adorable and I love the backstory. You are such an excellent artist! I'd love to make a pair too but I know mine wouldn't half as adorable as yours. I think mine would look drunk lol.
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 06:27


      LOL CarolAnn, I've painted a few drunk rocks before too 🙂
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 13:25


    I love the rock idea since rock painting and then hiding them around public places is such a big thing here in PA despite our temperatures growing colder! I have not come across rocks like these yet, and may have to make some!
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 13:31


      Oh how cool is that. I would love for people to do the same here in South Africa. It's better than chasing Pokemons 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 23:47

    Stacy Burkhart

    OMG!!! These are so darn cute. You do good job with eyes. I was just talking to my son today about how bad I was at drawing faces. Thanks for the share, I might have to give these a try. :)
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 09:35


      Please do Stacy. They're really not difficult 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 21:21

    Alicia Taylor

    Ok - I have to make these! You make it look so easy - but without your eye tutorial, I would totally botch that! Sharing this with my crafty friends on Facebook.
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 09:36


      Thanks so much for the share Alicia 💛
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 19:35

    Carley Clagg

    These are so stinking cute!! Mine would probably not look half as good as yours ,lol
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:55


      I'm sure they would Carly, give it a try 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 18:57


    Oh I love these two and their eyes, wow, you did such a great job, I'm sure they love to rock 'n roll together ;)
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 09:36


      LOL Katrin, I'll have to ask them but I'm sure you're right 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 18:34

    Emily Terrell

    This is an adorable idea for a garden! I love how realistic the eyes look.
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 12:43


      Thanks so much Emily
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 18:28


    Oh my goodness, these are adorable!! What a cute idea, I may have to try this some day, I've endless pots of acrylic (surprisingly nailarts don't use much paint, haha) I LOVE how much depth you gave the eyes, they stand out beautifully!
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 09:38


      Ahhhhh Ithi, thank you. I'm really glad you like them.
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 17:43


    I would love to have a garden just for this! They look so cute, almost friendly I could say and they remind me of the trolls from Frozen. You have made a great job with the painting, the eyes look really cool and give life to the rocks.
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 05:56


      Hey you're right Joanna, the do look a bit like the Frozen trolls 🙂
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 16:23


    This is cuteness off the charts Michelle. Thanks for teaching us how to draw eyes. I never knew but I would love to try my hand at this. You can even make a whole family out of them! Love those Christmas hats too! So did they tell you how it feels to be a rock?
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 12:43


      LOL Mary nt yet, they've been a bit quite. I think they're to busy staring in wide eyed wonder 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 13:52


    Wooow these are so good! I️ have always struggled with eyes ... and hands. Very cute!
    • Posted: November 13, 2017 13:57


      Yeah hands are real hard and teeth. OMW teeth always stress me out 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 12:31

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    What a cute couple! They have beautiful eyes and are made for each other for sure, Michelle. Your dogs did a great job matchmaking. :)
    • Posted: November 13, 2017 12:52