Come on to My House: Crafts: Geode Dip Painting

Geode cut to show beautiful colors inside.

Geode cut to show beautiful colors inside.

Do you ever research something online, say a recipe or a craft project, and get discouraged because all the “experts” make it look so tough. I mean, come on, while I don’t mind a little bit of a challenge, I do want to be able to actually follow simple directions and achieve real results.

That’s the way it was for me and geode paintings. I kept seeing them and every tutorial I watched seemed way out of my skill set… until I watched this guy’s video on hydro dipping fishing lures (for real, so shout out to @dirtyhookers).

I was like, “Whoa, that same principle could apply to a canvas and make an excellent geode…” so I tested it out (ok, more than once, like probably a half a dozen times and on different mediums). While the technique can still be refined with colors and canvas sizes, I’m getting better and more confident with each try. I’d love to see your paintings too so feel free to share them with me on social media.

What you need for this project:

  • A vessel filled with water to about 1/4 the way full— a bucket works great

  • Assorted oil based spray paints, shake and remove lids

  • A stick or other object for stirring and moving paint

  • Canvas (I used a 4x4 thick canvas)

  • Optional but suggested, plastic gloves

    Check out the video above for step-by-step instructions on how to get the look of my geode dip painting… and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

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Mandy Shoptaw