Rock painting is big these days – and I totally get it. You've got one of nature's smallest canvases upon which to decorate, and endless combinations of paint, markers, and embellishments. If you paint a rock you don't like, you can easily move onto the next. Then we haven't even gotten to the part where you can distribute painted rocks around your neighborhood (have you heard of the Kindness Rocks Project?) and put a big smile on someone's face. For these reasons I'm happy to share these rock painting ideas and tips with you!
Rock Painting Ideas
Gather These Supplies
Find everything you need to join in on the painted rock trend at your local Michaels store!
- Rocks – the more flat and smooth, the better
- Mod Podge Outdoor
- FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint
- Markers to embellish the surface of your rocks – I recommend Prismacolor Premier non toxic dual tip markers or oil based Sharpies (you can use acrylic paint too)
- Paintbrushes (and a detail brush for writing)
- Brush-on or spray clear sealer
Step One: Wash all dirt off of your rocks if you found them outside. Michaels sells flat river rocks which makes it easy since flat rocks can be REALLY hard to find!
Step Two: Decide whether you are going to paint the rocks or write directly on them. If you are painting, move to step three. If you are writing directly on the rocks, prep the rocks with the brush-on or spray clear sealer. You won't want to use the Mod Podge Outdoor to prep because it doesn't take markers very well. Your oil based Sharpies especially can get their tips ruined very easily without this prep step!
Step Four: If you didn't do the sealing from Step Two before since you were painting, now's time. Trust me.
Step Five. Embellish your rocks with sayings, designs, or whatever you like. I made those aqua dots with the end of a paintbrush!
Step Six: Once your rocks are dry, coat them with Outdoor Mod Podge! Give several coats and let dry.
Remember to be considerate when leaving your rocks places. Don't leave them at private residences or businesses without asking, and National Parks/National Forests are off-limits due to their “Leave no Trace” policies. There are plenty of other places to leave your fabulous rocks to be found!
Michaels is spreading kindness one rock at a time – Find everything you need to join in on the painted rock trend at your local Michaels store!. Looking for more inspiration by way of rock painting ideas? Check out the Glue String!