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One of a Kind Painted Rocks

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copyright (c) Delia Pacheco

copyright (c) Delia Pacheco

Creations by Delia...

I enjoy painting on small things, like Rocks....and again One of a Kind Painted items.

Finding the challenge of painting on a smaller object, can be rewarding.

If you've been to my one of a kind painted Easter Eggs page, you can also see there that I enjoy painting small...when I'm not painting small, then I am painting large murals, up to 20' x 16'.

Yep, call me crazy!

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Small Rocks

Itsy-Bitsy rocks, less then 2 inches copyright (C) Delia Pacheco

Itsy-Bitsy rocks, less then 2 inches copyright (C) Delia Pacheco

Starting out years ago!

Painting rocks started many years ago when Lin Wellford wrote a book on the subject.

I started looking at rocks in a different way, and noticing their shapes, colors, texture and size. No matter where I went, I always noticed them... even when going shopping, the landscape rocks could not escape my interest.

The rocks with imbedded image shapes made me think about incorporating a painted animal to match The shape. Honestly, there wasn't a place I went to, that I didn't bring home a rock or pebble. All the way from Germany, Austria and every state that I have visited.

Above are the smaller rocks approximately 1" to 2" diameter. They were hard Because of size, but enjoyable to paint.

Pocket - Purse rock


Small pet rocks can be carried in your purse or pocket, making them popular. I have done 100‘s of these tiny rocks. These compared to larger rocks are actually harder to paint and take longer..

Paintings of animals and pets on 1" - 2" rocks

1" - 2"

1" - 2"

It doesn't have to be a Pet!

Lizard with color is a fun rock to have...Fish on a rock, swimming in a rock pond...Frog hopping around.

Front & back view

Front & back view

Door stop large...

Here again large rocks used for door stops or decoration in a garden.

The cat rock I kept, and the dog rock sold the minute I put it on display...I had another one that was huge with a racoon on it.

Most of these rocks have been sold either through a store or on the internet. I have many of these in different parts of the world.

Too bad these rocks are so heavy for shipping, but if there is a request and the person is willing to pay, Hey I'm game!

A special gift....

This particular heart shaped rock was painted for my friend’s mother. My friend found this 1“.25 heart shaped pebble. She asked, can you paint something on this heart rock? I said, yes what would you like? She replied, well, can you paint my mom and dad walking hand in hand in their woods? I answered, is that all? ha ha

I can't believe that I actually did exactly what she wanted...she gave it to her mom in memory of her father that had just passed.

The rock featured above with the three dogs, also belongs to my friend. She then wanted me to paint on a lampshade. Her request was, their Barn and House on it. This was a challenge since the shade had a shape that fluted out, I had to compensate to make everything look in perspective, even the cows.

Heart shaped pebble - 1”1/4 sized ...

walking hand in hand

walking hand in hand

Itsy-Bitsy Rooster pebble ...

Ok, don't ask why... I just saw this tiny pebble and had to paint something on it! This was a challenge for myself. It had a good feel to it, and this is what the result was...a tiny rooster.

I’m always looking for heart shaped of pebbles or rocks to paint...I love the challenge!


3/4" rooster rock

3/4" rooster rock

Another Tiny pebble ... Jesus

It would not be complete for me if I did not paint at least one Jesus rock...this was done for an Easter gift.

Of Jesus ...

Jesus rock

Jesus rock

Different horse breeds including foals ...

Horses and a variety of animals on rocks

Horses and a variety of animals on rocks

Yes, horses!

After all, they are the main subject that I feature in my art creations.

In the photo here, we have a variety of rock sizes with different breeds of horses, including foals.

Made for ECAN Fundraiser ...



The difference in rock textures...

Smooth or rough, you can choose either one...but smooth is easier to Paint details.

Compare smooth and rough surfaced rocks

Rough rock cat

Rough rock cat

Smooth surface dog

Smooth surface dog

Textured Rock images...I paint in the textured image I see. A Maltese dog & the large rock 9" tall 12" long 8" wide...a Raccoon

Texture image on rock surface - painted in what I saw, Maltese type dog

Texture image on rock surface - painted in what I saw, Maltese type dog

Texture image and form I saw...a Raccoon

Texture image and form I saw...a Raccoon

Instructions on Painting Rocks ...

My method!

Everyone has their own unique way of creating art, so I will share some of my tricks that I use.

Some of the rocks that I like painting on, are unique in shape.... by that I mean, I can see the actual image I want to paint with the texture of the rock.

Other rocks are more simple, they are round and smooth, so my instructions are for the round and smooth shapes...

* 1. Look for shapes and sizes

* 2. Clean by brushing and washing, allowing to dry thoroughly

* 3. Laying out the image with a white or dark pencil, according to the shade of the surface.

* 4. Using the small detail brush for the tiniest details

* 5. I use acrylic paint, I lay down the first color either dark or light depending on the color of the rock

* 6. As the layers of colors come from either dark to light or light to dark, I finish off the details

* 7. Sealing the rock with a clear varnish or spray sealant...let dry thoroughly

* 8. Then I go back and paint more finalizing details, especially the whites and highlights, seal and dry again

Remember, the smaller, the harder to paint the details...this is were pricing is difficult, people think because of the small size it should be cheaper, but no one really has an idea how much time and work goes into these miniatures, especially detail for a commissioned one of a kind likeness.

The large rocks should have flat bottoms to sit well, not to fall over. Smaller ones can be displayed differently, like on a small stand.

The less porous or less rough they are, the better and easier to paint.

Rough rocks can show character, but less detail.

Try painting your first one with the image of a bug, like a Ladybug, and get the'll enjoy it, I'm sure.

Happy Painting!

Do you have any painted rocks? - if you do...


Created on 03/27/2010

What you are is God's gift to you, what you do with yourself is your gift to God: Danish Proverb

© 2010 Delia


Delia (author) on March 20, 2016:

Thank You for your kind words...I also enjoyed the Raccoons, especially the rock shape I used.

mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on March 19, 2016:

The raccoons are my favourites shown here - awesome! :) All the paintings are attractive here - I just favour the raccoons. Thanks for sharing your creations and writing about painted rocks to let others see more examples for this interesting and eye-catching hobby. I'm sure these will make excellent, unique gifts - if people decide to get into this as a hobby.

Anna from chichester on May 12, 2014:

These are beautiful - you're incredibly talented!

Nithya Venkat aka Vellur from Dubai on March 10, 2014:

Loved your painting on rocks, they are so beautiful. Excellent lens!! A treat for the eyes.

acreativethinker on March 08, 2014:

These painted rocks are so lovely and creative. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing. :)

Anthony Altorenna from Connecticut on February 28, 2014:

Your artistry, skill and level of detail are amazing!

Mommie-Moola on February 27, 2014:

These are awesome!

Amine from Doha, Qatar on February 21, 2014:

Great ideas for rock painting, i never get to see such fabulous collection like yours, i really would like to own a big rock painted by forrest theme or some nice flowers like tulipe or sunflower

susan369 on February 20, 2014:

Wow, this is incredible! Never heard of rock painting before! I could probably only manage some blobs and call it abstract! You're so talented!

Diane Cass from New York on February 16, 2014:

I really need to pick up my paintbrushes again. I used to paint rocks all the time when I was a kid. I haven't done it in many years. I think I need to bring a little bit of whimsey back in my life. Again...thank you for another inspiring lens.

VioletteRose LM on January 29, 2014:

Wow they look really pretty!

PaynesGrey on January 24, 2014:

Fabulous! I love the Racoon too!

Paul Lenton from El Calafate, Argentina on January 22, 2014:

Simply Amazing!

Paula Hite from Virginia on January 14, 2014:

Oh I LOVE your raccoon! He is so cute! How much do you charge to do commissioned work?

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 10, 2014:

Obviously you do have rocks in your head. You also have great vision. I'm not sure I could paint small these days without a magnifying glass or two. Beautiful work!

Rock Artist on January 05, 2014:

I love your work, it's beautiful!

imagelist lm on November 07, 2013:

A really helpful lens...

Delia (author) on October 29, 2013:

@Boyd Carter: I'm so glad you like my lens. I do hope you visit more of them, as they are a bit unusual..thanks for kind the comment!

Boyd Carter on October 29, 2013:

Delia, another lens for my granddaughter to visit. You have some of the most interesting lenses I've seen on squidoo.

RoSelou on October 26, 2013:

I love collecting rocks. I am now thinking to start painting it just like yours. You are an inspiration to me to make my collection more appealing.

sponias lm on October 26, 2013:

You are an excellent artist! Thank you for your tips!

Ataraxia1 on October 22, 2013:

Your rock painting are awesome. I am sure you have heard that a million times, but they really are so beautiful.

SquidQueen on October 22, 2013:

This is truly amazing! I love how these rocks look like, besides the fact that you really have a very nice and interesting lens here... I've already shared this on my website and I wish you good luck with this! :)

grrbtn on October 22, 2013:

Your rock painting is brilliant, and I can see why smaller rock paintings would be more costly to buy, with the amount of work that goes into them.

Thanks for sharing your passion for art with the rest of us

sierradawn lm on September 14, 2013:

Your art is amazing. The tiny work takes very good eyes and very steady hands! I loved my visit to your lens. I love pets, animals and rocks. And I love to paint. I have never thought about painting on rocks before. You have opened up a world of new possibilities for me!

tonyaalves3 on August 03, 2013:

OMgosh! I have not seem nothing like this before, and I have 4 pet dogs. Very beautiful work.

CrazyHomemaker on July 28, 2013:

These are amazing! I got a little teary-eyed looking at all of the sweet little creatures you've painted. This is definitely your calling.

Legenden on July 24, 2013:

Beautiful, just great! :)

paynui on July 21, 2013:

This is brilliant and so clever. Thanks

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on July 19, 2013:

I love what you have done on all these rocks. They are all so realistic and 3 dimensional. I often thought about doing them, but felt they would be too heavy to be taking to shows

VspaBotanicals on July 19, 2013:

So very beautiful!!!

anonymous on July 19, 2013:

These are so beautiful! You are very talented, very gifted.

DebMartin on July 11, 2013:

I wish I were that talented. I might be able to paint a smiley face on a rock :). I love heart-shaped rocks.

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on July 11, 2013:

Your rocks are beautiful. I have one of a painted row of townhouses in Newfoundland.

akurtzd on July 05, 2013:

Nice lens, I love painted rocks. We have one with a water mill on it that sits in our sunroom.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 28, 2013:

Wow, I really admire your great ability! I paint rocks too and they are NOTHING like yours. I can paint a mean ladybug! ;o)

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on June 08, 2013:

Amazing! Very realistic... great work!

LorLinda from Denver Colorado on June 04, 2013:

That is soooo amazing that you did all these rocks yourself you are one gifted woman of God :)

Delia (author) on June 02, 2013:

@gatecube123: thanks for commenting...but I'm sorry I don't quiet understand the last part of your comment...

gatecube123 on June 02, 2013:

Delia, I think this is really innovative to have rock paintings. I too want to have one for my show piece. You are not giving it, i will some stuff on amazon

Melissa Miotke from Arizona on May 31, 2013:

These are so cool!

oddobjective on May 05, 2013:

Your work is gorgeous. I have never seen rocks painted with just detailed images. Wow!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 05, 2013:

I remember painting rocks with my son but nothing this beautiful and detailed. Your painted rocks are truly amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

LadyDuck on April 19, 2013:

Your paintings are beautiful, I love them.

geosum on April 17, 2013:

Fantastic. Love them.

anonymous on March 22, 2013:

Thank you for sharing your painted rocks. I too paint rocks. I also look for the shapes in the rocks to follow and make a folk art face. What a great way to pass time.

pigwear on March 04, 2013:

Love the raccoon! Wish I had the talent to do something like this.

Carpenter76 on March 01, 2013:

Wow! They are beautiful :) Very talented, I enjoyed watching them

Stuwaha on February 28, 2013:

This is something that I have to try. I've never seen painted rocks that looked so pretty. Usually they're tacky and abrasive. Thank you for sharing your method and your work! :)

Takkhis on February 27, 2013:

I have to say, you are a great artist! Blessed :)

Elastara on February 27, 2013:

Unique and Cool Painted Rocks!

Thanks for sharing with us :)

moneyrat on February 24, 2013:

These are really cool !!!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on February 15, 2013:

These are AMAZING! I used to paint rocks with my grandmother when I was growing up. She found great smooth rocks from Colorado every year that she would bring home to paint. Great memories!

SandraWilson LM on February 15, 2013:

I am amazed by these. Love the raccoon.

Mech from Bosnia and Herzegvina on February 12, 2013:

These are just adorable. You are amazingly talented and you should do more of this.

anonymous on February 08, 2013:

I sure enjoyed looking at these amazing creations again....I don't recall the raccoon an am mesmeried!

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on February 06, 2013:

These look really great. You have a great imagination and great talent.

anitabreeze on January 28, 2013:

I love this lens! I also paint on rocks and have all of those books by Lin Wellford. Nice to meet a fellow rock painter!

artmarks on January 23, 2013:

Just WOW! This is something great. You got a lot of talent and I think you should continue to do what you are doing now. Great job and I must say that those painted stones are just amazing!

hungry-deer on January 21, 2013:

Hello, I must say God did gift you very much, it is such a talent and what and amazing idea! My family loves stones (we have been collecting them all over coutntry :-) and what a unique and nice idea it is. My favourite it the heart shapep one with trees on. But the raccoon is amazing too!

TonfaGuy on January 12, 2013:

Amazing talent.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on December 13, 2012:

@tvyps: I just featured this lens on my pastel drawings lens in the sidebar.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on December 12, 2012:

Believe it or not, I used to do these. I also used to paint buildings on bricks. They were more folk art style but were fun. I have a lens on pastels with some of my art work. Blessed.

Vikki from US on December 01, 2012:

Those are seriously amazing.

Blessed ;)

Kristen from Wisconsin on November 21, 2012:

I am so amazed! I'm trying to wrap my mind around all of the coordination and talent that it must take to paint such beautiful and detailed pictures on such a small surface. Fantastic lens!

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on November 19, 2012:

These are so unique, I love them all...especially the pets on their beds, so cute! Blessed!

cmadden on November 07, 2012:

Back for a visit - love these!

lilpixiedust on November 04, 2012:

You have very great skill. I enjoyed your arts. I don't think I can paint, but I do like to draw sometimes.

flowski lm on November 01, 2012:

You are a very talented artist. I can capture things with my camera but I can't draw or paint at all, nice work.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on October 28, 2012:

Delia, your rock paintings are absolutely gorgeous! My father-in-law used to paint beautiful rock paintings, nearly always of animals, and yours reminded me of his (although you are far more talented - shhhh!!!) ;) Blessed by a Squid Angel!

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 26, 2012:

Your rock paintings are beautiful and very impressive. Great lens, too.

Lorna from USA on October 20, 2012:

You are great collection of painted rocks, you are such a great artist. They are really one of a kind.

Birthday Wishes from Here on October 03, 2012:

What a nice hobby. Thanks for the information!

KyraB on September 25, 2012:

I like to paint rocks too, but I need to keep practicing mine do not come out as nice as yours do. I enjoyed seeing all the rock paintings, thanks for sharing!

anonymous on September 14, 2012:

nice lens

bilafond lm on September 13, 2012:

Nice lens. Never saw painted rocks like the ones in the lens

diy_fun on August 27, 2012:

Had never seen such beautifully painted rocks! Especially cats and dogs! could make a memorable gift for dog lover!

Annbulance2000 on August 21, 2012:

Beautiful lense. Very talented. You have a great affinity with animals and the rocks that you paint. Do you think the rock calls out the image to you? Or do you choose the image and then look for a rock? Whichever it is an inspiring gift.

Fay Favored from USA on August 11, 2012:

These are absolutely beautiful. The details are really something. I like the ones with the pets in their beds. I'd love to see my dog on a rock. She used to collect them and had a favorite one. She could smell a rock under the soil and dig it out. You can imagine my yard when she was a pup.

julieannbrady on August 10, 2012:

My dear, I am always fascinated by your talent and personality! Thanks for being YOU.

Delia (author) on August 09, 2012:

@LaraineRoses: You are too kind! Thank You!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on August 09, 2012:

Your art work is exceptional! I would like you to add this lens to my, "Artists and Their Art" Lens. Any of your other lenses featuring your art will be welcome also. Angel Blessings**

olmpal on August 06, 2012:

I have tried painting small rocks with simple flower themes. Yours are very beautiful!

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 27, 2012:

I collect Raccoon stuff - I love the three Raccoon rocks! Wow! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

anooptu on July 12, 2012:

i saw this kind of stuffs in human history. Your lens force me to go back............

anonymous on July 08, 2012:

They are beautiful, You must have a lot of patience too. Well worth your time though. Beautiful

wealthy-reviews on July 04, 2012:

Great lens, beautiful painted rocks!

anonymous on June 13, 2012:

Enjoyed seeing your artwork. Very nice.

anonymous on June 06, 2012:

One of my favorite pasttimes as a child, I used nail polish.

Close2Art LM on May 29, 2012:

You have a wonderful eye for detail! Great page! Blessed

anonymous on May 19, 2012:

I would love to get my pet painted on a rock please email me!!

anonymous on May 19, 2012:

Hi I would like to get a pet painted on a rock for my garden please email me

biminibahamas on May 07, 2012:

What a wonderful lens and terrific art! Thanks for sharing.

avigarret on May 02, 2012:

Call me ignorant, but I had no idea this type of art even existed, thank you so much for sharing!

secondhandrose lm on April 06, 2012:

You are a wonderful artist.

iMorpheus on March 23, 2012:

This is fantastic! Especially the horses on rocks.

P.S. You have art in your head that makes tiny rocks look wonderful :-)

dahlia369 on March 20, 2012:

Adorable little paintings - I very much admire your creativity. Your creations are a living proof how much you love what you do! :)

lesliesinclair on March 20, 2012:

your head''s full of the love of animals! You surely had a knack for selecting the rock for the job.

cadpad on March 17, 2012:

Beautiful work. I love the intricate nature of your painting.

Iudit Gherghiteanu from Ozun on March 16, 2012:

so talented...i wish i could create painted rocks, of any kind. thanks for letting us to know about this art.