These stones have been sitting, waiting to be painted for quite a while now. The general opinion is that Paul primed them with a coat of white acrylic around 2002. I didn't feel like painting this morning so I used permanent markers which is a lot easier. (The peacock is Paul's).Not a lot of craft time today as I was icing cakes. If you ever have to make a lot of butter icing try using a potato masher to mix it. Really speeds things up.