Painted Rocks Rock!
“This rock looks like a turtle’s shell.”
An aunt pointed out to me that a rock could be a canvas back when I was 10 or 11. We took a few well selected rocks, glued them together and voila, it was a turtle! The turtle’s back became a canvas and it got painted with flowers. I started painting rocks for gifts and still paint rocks occasionally today.
Let the Rock Search Begin!
Do you want to try using a rock as a canvas? The fun begins with finding just the right rocks! This activity would work really well after a vacation or hike where rocks come home in kid’s suitcases and pockets.
Smooth rocks are much easier to paint so keep that in mind. Wash the rocks and glue them together into animals or sculptures if you want. I have just used good old Elmer’s Glue in the past but today there are very strong glues that can be used.
Rock Painting Paints
Water based acrylic paints work fine if the rocks are to be kept indoors. I have a collection of small bottles of acrylic paints bought in store craft sections from companies such as Apple Barrel or Folkart. They come in handy so I’m a believer in the more the better! They keep a long time so don’t throw them out. We’ll use them often!
You can choose the basic colors to get started and can add more as you go (white, black, brown, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red). If the painted rocks are going outdoors as decorations you will need to use paints made for outdoor wear. Search the craft sections.
Rock Painting Ideas
You can paint the rocks a solid color like a canvas, allow them to dry and then paint on them, or, you can paint a design directly onto the plain rock surface. Perhaps you have a message you want to say! Look online for ideas or just go for it and start painting.
Painted Rock Gifts
These are cute up on a shelf or make great gifts, think “paper weights”!
I just saw a FANTASTIC idea of leaving them around your town for people to find on a public trail or a park bench. It’s a way to spread joy and make someone smile. How cool is that??
Maybe we will start a new generation of pet rocks! Enjoy!
- Acrylic Craft Paints in a variety of colors
- Paint brushes- a variety of sizes is nice
- Paint shirt- an old t-shirt will do
- Rocks of various sizes and shapes- a smooth surface is preferred
- Craft glue- or other strong bonding glue (optional)
- Disposable plate for a paint palette
- Wash and dry rocks.
- Glue into animal shapes or sculptures. (optional)
- Put on a paint shirt if you wearing nice clothes.
- Shake paints well then place a small amount of desired paint colors on a disposable plate.
- Paint the rock a solid color if desired and let dry. Only takes a few minutes.
- Paint a design of choice or a word or saying on the rock.
- After dry you may want to turn the rock over and paint the bottom.
This could be a fun gift for someone. Who could use some joy?
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