Getting started painting rocks is easy, and in these few steps, you will be well on your way to creating your own rock masterpieces. Painting rocks is a fun and exciting craft that is enjoyed by artists, hobbyists, and treasurers alike. It’s a great way to preserve and embellish memories from your favorite trip or getaway. Rocks allow you the ability to paint on different shapes and sizes while providing an inexpensive template that is unique and individual.
First, find your desired rock! Make sure when picking a rock, you find one that has a flat surface so that paint doesn’t droop along edges. Scrub rock clean of all dirt using old toothbrush and soap. It is best to leave the rock in the sun for a few days to dry thoroughly before painting. If you don’t want to wait, you may put the rock in the oven. However, please use caution with this step.
Before you begin painting, make sure you use pencil or chalk to sketch the design you wish to create. It is important not to use pen or marker as this will show through the paint. You may wish to paint a blanket background color before this step. That is fine. Just be sure you wait for paint to dry before applying sketch. Make sure you have acrylic paint as it works best on rock surface. You will also want an assortment of brushes depending on your design, including flat and round tipped brushes.
Begin painting! Use a palette to mix paint colors and make sure to have a clean water container to clean brushes during use. The best part about rock painting is that it does not require a specific technique. You can paint in broad strokes or in gentle layers as desired.
When finished painting, leave rock for several days to dry. When dry, apply a clear varnish over painting to preserve it for years to come. Then pick up another rock and start again!