5 Clever Rock Painting Ideas

Try the latest crafting trend. It's fun, relaxing and usually you can find your "canvas" for free in the backyard.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you might have noticed that rock painting is kind of a big deal these days.  Paint rocks for fun, join a local rock painting guild (yes, it’s a thing) or have fun hiding rocks with a hashtag.  

Rocks are perfect natural blank canvases for adornment, how you adorn them is the fun part.  Sure you could paint them; but did you know you could also marble them, turn them into paper dolls and even doodle on them with gel pens.

Check out this episode of DIY This with Jennifer Perkins sharing 5 fun ideas for rock painting.  

The most obvious method for decorating rocks is with paint. Keep in mind whether or not the rocks will be placed outside or inside. This will determine the type of paint and protective top coat you use.

Rock painting is a great activity for the kids. Let the natural shapes of the rocks be the guide for your design. Another popular motif is to write a positive affirmation on the rocks for people to find.  

Try combining two hot DIY trends with acrylic paint pouring onto rocks. Using a combination of paint, pouring medium and silicone lubricant, you can create amazing effects on rocks.

Flat stones lend themselves better to this technique.  Also, smooth rocks might need some “tooth” or something for the paint to grab onto. If so, apply a coat of gesso or decoupage medium before you paint.  Then pour on the paint.

Rocks come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colors. They can be found in nature or at the hardware and craft store.  Black rocks lend themselves beautifully to intricate designs with gel pens.

Look for gel pens that will dry opaque. Neon or pastels work perfectly on dark colored stones. Another fun option is glow in the dark.

Paper dolls do not have to be made of paper when you have the right shaped rocks. Paint a series of outfits using paint pens on oval rocks. Using round rocks paint fun whimsical faces.

Children can play with the rocks and mix and match them into as many combinations as you have rocks. Think of adding accessories too like stone shoes and pebble purses.

Similar to the acrylic paint pouring technique is marbling.  There are several types of marbling mediums available at the craft store. Follow the instructions on the package for desired effects.

Marbling also tends to work best on large flat stones where you can really see the patterns taking shape. These rocks can be hidden, used as a paper weight or even kept in a decorative bowl on a coffee table.

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