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Rock painting is an ancient art. Make hand painted rocks, painted pebbles, painted stones and rock painting crafts like stone art with ideas. Learn the basics of how to paint various designs on rocks? Whether you like to use stones, pebbles or rocks to make art, they are all fun to paint depending on the project you have in mind. Create decorative rocks to brighten up your home and garden. Let the kids learn and have fun making painted rocks (painted pebbles or painted stones) for themselves. Make learning time interesting for your toddlers, kindergartners, and preschoolers with interactive learning activities using watercolors, acrylic paints, sharpies, markers and even glitter pens. Enjoy a few family games with a twist by using painted rocks.
Rock painting craft ideas
DECORATIVE ROCK PAINTING
Drawing on rocks paints and supply list
You can use a variety of paints and supplies on rocks. Basically anything you like, some choices are:
- acrylic paints
- paint markers
- Acrylic paint pens in both extra fine and medium tip for outline
- Posca paint markers with fine pen tip and medium marker tip. Also available in 8 color markers
- Regular markers – sharpies, Permanent markers or metallic markers for doodling and fine detail drawing. Be sure to paint the rock base white before using these markers for best results.
- Black pens or micro pens for outlining. Available in a variety of sizes for different thickness. Use it on dry paint to avoid damaging the tip of your pen.
- White gel pens for details and fine designs.
- Set of paint brushes – these are for watercolors but they work best with acrylic paints on rocks. Use fine tip paint brushes for details. Basic paint brushes work best for covering a large area.
- pastel paints
- chalk markers – fun to use with kids. Paint a white rock base before using these markers unless your rocks are light in color.
- chalk crayons – fun to use with kids.
- Clear finish varnish to seal and protect the surface from UV light, dust, dirt and scratches. For glossy finish use rustoleum thick glaze spray as sealant. These will not smear your paints and design. Spray in a well-ventilated area.
- oil based pens – they take longer to dry
You can use blow dryer to speed up the drying process when painting pebbles.
Where can I find smooth rocks for painting?
You can find them at:
2) Landscaping supply stores, stone yards and stone depot also sell river rocks in bulk. Make sure to take your bucket.
3) Garden sections of Lowes and Home Depot.
4) Craft stores like Michaels, Dollar store and Walmart also sell rocks for decoration and crafts.
How not to use painted rocks?
According to CBC news Canada, painted rocks should not be placed in the parks and forests where wildlife can access them. Using these rocks to decorate home and garden is fun, however, in open spaces animals can mistake them for food and may end up inhaling or eating potentially toxic substances like paint and glitter.
How to prepare rocks for rock painting?
Before initiating the painting process, it is important to prep the surface for best results:
- Choose rocks with smooth or flat surface. You can find them in nature or craft stores also carry them.
- Wash the rocks with dish soap and let them dry.
- Seal the rocks with spray sealer or use a brush to coat the rocks. This will ensure the rock doesn’t absorb all the paint and dry your markers off!
- Instead of sealant, you can also paint the rocks white for a better base for your rock painting.
- Now that the rocks are ready, use paints of your choice to draw your art. Let it dry between layers for better results.
- Use fine tip markers, small brushes or stylus to make small details.
- Oil based paint markers and sharpies are best for writing messages on the rocks.
- Seal the final product with a coat or two of mod podge or spray sealant to protect your beautiful rock painting art from natural elements.
DIY Mandala Stone
via Colorful Crafts
Making magnets with painted rocks
via Alisa Burke
River Rock Garden Markers
via West Valley City Moms Blog
Chalkboard Rock Vase Filler
Wash the rocks and apply a fresh coat of chalkboard paint. Let it dry and write meaningful messages on it using chalk or chalk pens via B3 Home Designs.
Painted Word Rocks
Spread wonderful messages with word rocks and inspire your circle with this wonderful idea via Dabbles and Babbles.
Painted Rock Rings
These rings via Itsy Bitsy Fun reminded me of Captain Planet ‘The power is yours’.
Painted cactus rocks
Use acrylic paints to make this adorable decoration piece.
Rock family kids craft
ANIMAL ROCK PAINTING FOR KIDS
Painted owls using sharpie
How to Make a Rock Caterpillar?
via Nellie Bellie
How To Paint A Bee?
via Pet A Rock Homestead
Rock Painting lady bugs
via Lake Shore Learning
Foolish Tortoise Rock Painting
via Kitchen Floor Crafts
Colorful rock painting monster magnets
Make DIY painted rock city
I love this idea to create a city in the backyard with a variety of rock shapes and sizes. Paint them to make houses, stores and buildings and let your imagination flow.
Painted garden rocks
How To Paint Muppets On Rocks?
Rock painting camper
via Atta Girl Says
Make Sparkle Rocks
Use glitter paints and pens to make designs on rocks via Totally the Bomb.
PAINTED ROCK FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Funny Face Rock Painting Puzzle
via The Craft train
Painted Rock Dominoes
Use acrylic paints to code rocks for playing dominoes outdoors via Child Care Land.
Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe Game
Paint rocks to create the golden tic tac toe game in any theme like this ladybug vs tadpoles game via Atta Girl Says.
DIY Car Track using painted rocks
Rock painting story stones
paint rocks to create characters for your kid’s favorite bedtime stories via Happy Hooligans.
ROCK PAINTING SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Painted Name Rocks
via Mama Papa Bubba
Rock Painting Spelling Stones
Paint rocks with alphabets for teaching kids words via No Time For Flash Cards.
Math Number Rocks
Use painted rocks for hands on math activity via Fun a Day.
Use painted rocks to teach colors
Teaching kids about color with painted rocks via Smart School House.
ROCK PAINTING WALL ART IDEAS
Painted rock art
Painted rock cactus stone art
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