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“The Rock Fairy” reveals her identity in new book

For the past couple of years, hundreds of people have found painted rocks left in their gardens and yards in Silver Strand near Oxnard and now they know who made them.

Artist Wendy Spector-Steinmetz reveals her identity and the story behind the painted rocks in a new book entitled “The Rock Fairy.”

The former first grade teacher was inspired to paint rocks green and purple because those were the favorite colors of Nicole, one of her 16-year-old twin nieces who died of Encephalitis.

She plans to donate proceeds from the book to a nonprofit working on a cure.

Wendy’s style is inspired by geometric mandalas and adult coloring books.

She brought hundreds of rocks to the Channel Islands Maritime Museum on Sunday, where she taught people how to paint them the way she does. She uses the heads of nails and backs of brushes to make colorful circle designs. After her design is dry she sprays them with Mod Podge.

Then they are ready to secretly place in neighbors yards.

The rock art lesson coincided with a book signing. Wendy is working on rock painting kits to go with the books. She said the feedback keeps her going. People on a neighborhood website started writing about the pleasure they received from finding the rocks. Since children in Silver Strand wanted to know more about the rocks she decided to write the book about them.

The book is at the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

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