Do you need rock painting ideas for spreading rocks around your neighborhood or the Kindness Rocks Project? Here's inspiration and tips!
PS – scroll down to the bottom of the post to get a video with my top rock painting tips! You'll want to keep these in mind as you pursue your projects, trust me. 😀
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
First you're going to need rock painting supplies.
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.
Step Three: Place your paint in a palette and get painting on your rocks! I found that most rocks only needed a few coats of the paint.
Paint one side, let dry, then flip over and paint the other side. Once you are done painting, let everything dry.
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.
I had a great time decorating my rocks – it's hard to pick my favorite.
I hope these rock painting ideas will inspire you.
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!
Ready to get my top tips for painting rocks? Check out the video below – just press “PLAY”:
If you love rock painting and are looking for more, check out our 10 easy painted rocks! You're going to love these ideas . . . just click the image below: