DIY Balancing Stones - Tumi Ishi

DIY Balancing Stones - Tumi Ishi

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 21st 2022

Create a mindful interactive decor piece. Also known as Tumi Ishi, these DIY balancing stones are a fun bright and mindful addition to your space.


  • -fine grit sandpaper
  • 3/4" Oval Brush
  • wood stacking balance stones
  • Wood stacking stones


  1. Gather supplies for this project including: wood shapes, new 2022 Americana Acrylic colors, a soft brush and some fine grit sandpaper.
  2. Instruction #1
  3. Choose a variety of interesting wood shapes.
  4. Instruction #2
  5. Optional: plan stacking options to think about color placement. I chose 15 pieces to have every new Americana color represented.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. Prep your wood pieces by lightly sanding and wiping clean.
  8. Instruction #4
  9. The first three colors I chose to use were Perfect Peri, Almondine and Laurel.
  10. Instruction #5
  11. A 3/4" oval brush will minimize brush strokes.
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Perfect Peri IS perfect!
  14. Instruction #7
  15. Laurel is a soft green color that would be beautiful to use in a Boho vibe project!
  16. Instruction #8
  17. Next, I chose Portobello. Again, a beautiful soft color.
  18. Instruction #9
  19. Goes on so nicely.
  20. Instruction #10
  21. Crystal Blue works great with the other colors.
  22. Instruction #11
  23. Americana paints self level and are a great paint to use for many different surfaces.
  24. Instruction #12
  25. There are some bright colors that are so vibrant in the new 2022 colors. The first is Fuchsia Pop.
  26. Instruction #13
  27. The vibrant pigment really stands out on light wood.
  28. Instruction #14
  29. Tiger Lily is the next color.
  30. Instruction #15
  31. Again, the color is vibrant and bright.
  32. Instruction #16
  33. Sunset Gold brings some nice summer vibes.
  34. Instruction #17
  35. Paints on beautifully.
  36. Instruction #18
  37. Lush Green is a nice playful color.
  38. Instruction #19
  39. It grounds the colors to nature.
  40. Instruction #20
  41. Blue Raspberry is a self proclaimed summer favorite!
  42. Instruction #21
  43. Brushing out this color made me want a ice pop.
  44. Instruction #22
  45. Red Spice is another color that would go beautifully in a Boho or muted color palette project.
  46. Instruction #23
  47. This color looks so nice with the Lush Green.
  48. Instruction #24
  49. Sprout is color in the green family, but closer to yellow.
  50. Instruction #25
  51. Nice and bright.
  52. Instruction #26
  53. Purple Iris is a deep gemstone color. (TIP: Keep in mind when painting out this color if the pigment layers, it starts to go darker.)
  54. Instruction #27
  55. Another pink similar to the Fuchsia Pop is the Strawberry.
  56. Instruction #28
  57. This color with the Blue Raspberry and some of the other bright colors would make a fun summer color palette for a project!
  58. Instruction #29
  59. Paradise Green is giving mermaid or jungle vibes.
  60. Instruction #30
  61. What is nice about using wood with the bright Americana colors is that they allow the wood grain to show through for a cool effect. Allow wood pieces to dry. Sand lightly again and wipe clean. Add a second coat. Allow to dry. Optional: coat with a DuraClear Varnish such as the Ultra-Matte, for an added surface protection.
  62. Instruction #31
  63. This project is super easy and fun to do. Painting out all of the colors is a mindful practice in itself, but having these beautiful stackable shapes near helps bring you into the present every time you balance them.
  64. Instruction #32