Rock Painting Tutorials & Tips For Newbies
Painting rocks has been a quiet craze that is going around. I’ve seen rocks (left out on pathways) and have found a few Facebook groups for rock painting. The tutorials can go from basic to ‘OMG you are an amazing artist’ and everything in between. The material list is small and you can do this in free time, for family time, at parties or have kids do it for DYI Christmas gifts for relatives. No matter what, have fun. Don’t do this and stress about. It is meant to be fun and relaxing. If you are unsure how to start, get some materials and just try. Search YouTube or Facebook for some basic ideas. Just like most art forms, the more you do it, the better you will get. Even young children can help. Materials can vary from paints and brushes to paint pens. Do what you are comfortable with or try them all. I’ve done and few and totally thought I’d bomb them and ended up happy with the end results. Some people glue (or modpodge) a piece of paper on the back with a FB page, saying to check in when you find a rock. People are welcome to keep the rocks or find a new public place for them, for others to find.
- Smooth stones. You can search the beach or a park for free ones, find them at local craft stores, hardware stores or shop for them online.
- Newspaper. (To put under your rocks to keep your table from being scratched and dirty).
- Chalkola Chalk Paint pens.
- Black permanent pen. ( I like very-fine-tip markers).
- Acrylic paints (sets with a variety of colors is nice).
- If you are painting you’ll also need paint brushes and paint trays.
- Pinty Plus Gloss Varnish.
- Stickers. (younger kids can have fun with these and they are easier than drawing or painting).
Make sure all paints and pens are waterproof. You don’t want to put your painted rocks in the garden or outdoors and have the paint run off, making a mess and ruining your painting.
Some ideas I’ve see of where people leave rocks: Parks, walking paths, in grocery stores (no, not kidding), in public planters, etc. Do not hide them. You want others to find your rocks. The rocks should be created to bring smiles and joy to others. Maybe have dot-paintings, mandelias, inspirational words, like ‘Believe’, ‘Hope’ etc. I’ve seen some with scenes from Disney movies. Others with more abstract designs. The possibles are endless.
Do not feel like you have go to out and spend a lot of money buying all of the suggested materials. I started with some chalk paints at a Celebration for Life. We all created rocks that were going into a container in memory of the deceased. Since he liked surfing a lot of the rocks were beach and ocean scenes with notes of how we miss and love him. Having markers with a fine tip makes a big difference in being able to have fine lines and putting detail on rocks. Especially if the rocks are small.
Do not start with a ginormous rock and do not start with a tiny rock. Find a rock about the size of your fist. That way you aren’t spending hours trying to paint an oversized rock and don’t have one so small it is hard to do much.
Find out what part of your rock will be the bottom and how your rock lays flat when putting it down. You can paint both sides but some people use the ‘bottom’ side to put their FB page for reporting.
You do not have to do the page about ‘where you found my rock.’ It is just a fun way for the painters to track where their rock has gone as it is moved from location to location and maybe passed on by others.
Check out these Rock Painting
- Rock Painting With Dyed Rocks (Twitchetts).
- Painting Metallic Rocks (Ruffles & Rain Boots).
- Sylvanian Family Painted Rocks (The Gingerbread House).
- Silhouette Painted Rocks (Adventures in a Box).
- 10 Cool Things Kids Can Do With Stones (Baby Budgeting).
- Ladybug Garden Rock Art (Mainly Homemade).
- Dot Painting on Rocks (Twitchetts).
- How To Transform Silhouette Designs On To Rocks (Adventures in a Box).
- Scratch Off Art Rock Painting (Ruffles & Rain Boots).
- Mess-Free Sticker Rocks (Fireflies & Mudpies).
- Butterfly Number Stones (Crafts On Sea).
- Bichon Dog Rock Paint (The Inspired Edit).
If you have some rock painting ideas please comment below. This is a new hobby for me too so I’m still learning.