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Maths teacher decorates rocks with miniature versions of book covers

A maths teacher has been showing off her artistic skills by decorating rocks with incredible miniature versions of book covers.

Ella Dickson, 39, spends up to an hour painting covers of books like Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Northern Lights and Matilda on rocks.

She posts her intricate creations on a local Facebook page before hiding them near her local library for kids to find, photograph and then often re-hide.

Mum-of-two Ella is part of the St Albans Rocks UK group and her mini-masterpieces are part of a worldwide craze for painting, hiding and finding stones.

Her other super cute creations include Malorie Blackman's Noughts & Crosses, James and the Giant Peach, Swallows and Amazons, and The Hobbit.

Ella, who hides the stones around Marshalwick Library in St Albans, said:

I did a few with my boys, Seth, ten, and Jonah, seven, and they loved seeing that people had found them.

I thought 'I'd quite like to do something that takes a bit longer'.

I have picked book covers which I think are iconic and recognisable.

It's really taken off and people have been driving down in their cars to find them as soon as I have posted online that I have hidden them.

– Ella Dickson
Ella Dickson

Ella runs a local Beaver Scout group and got the idea after running a stone painting session with them.

She is worried about council cuts to libraries, and wanted to create her own stones while encouraging footfall at the Marshalwick Library which is close to her home.

Using acrylic paints, tiny brushes and varnish, she has created and hidden around a dozen so far.