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How to Create Art out of Rock

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I am a mother of three wonderful adult children, and I'm also a born-again Christian. I love to share my personal experiences.


Designing Rock With Paint

Want something fun for your garden? Something that is fun to do? Or perhaps for a pond or two.

Painted rocks can really add charm to a garden, and many other places or things. You would be amazed what a rock can become with the right technique and easily learned skills.

I am not an expert but I have looked into these types of projects, and what I have learned I want to share with you today. Painting rocks is one of the most inexpensive decisions one can make, especially if you want to add color and/or beauty to a garden, or anything else of personal choice.

You can add these to a small pond, to your flowers, and this will also give a flare to your surrounding areas. It is fun for both adults and children to partake in. A variety of rocks can come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. They can really highlight an outdoor area, and also bring a pleasant visual appearance.

It can be a great hobby, and as stated above it can be not only for adults but for children as well. Creating art out of rock can be a rewarding experience indeed.

How To Paint A Rock

First Step

1. The Rock that you have selected should be thoroughly cleaned before proceeding any further. You can do this by using an old toothbrush, then start scrubbing it really well. For those tough spots you can even use sandpaper. Make sure that every nick and cranny is really scrubbed clean. This is important to have your rock clean from all particles that may disturb your paint results. You can also use powdered laundry detergent or liquid dish soap if you prefer. After the rock is completely dry please make sure that you let it dry out for several hours. Once you are sure that it is dry then you may want to use a pencil first to lightly design your sketch, make sure that it is light so that it won't show through the actual paint job.

Step Two

Assemble your paints

2. Acrylic paints work well on interior settings. You can also use outdoor paint, there are labels in the market that confirm whether it is safe for outdoors. For example the paint that you would use to paint a boat or something of that nature. Use the outdoor paint that works with your particular climate in the area you live. The beauty of Rock art is that you have many options in where to place them (including indoors), and they add beautiful colorful attraction to almost everything.

Liquitex Acrylic Paint

Liquitex acrylic paint is the most recommended paint to use for this particular art of rock painting, it comes in a tube and is handy to use. I highly recommend that you try this for your rock painting projects.

Step Three


3. Make sure that you have something to put your paint on, maybe an old plate or aluminum foil. You can also use cardboard, or even wax paper will be suffice. Using an acrylic brush, and/or a semi stiff brush. Make sure that you use the right size for smaller areas to bigger areas. I personally find that painting the smaller areas with the thin pointed brushes work best.


Don't Paint

Until you make sure that your rock has completely dried, especially before even applying the paint. Remember it takes several hours to days for the rock to be completely dry.

Step Four

4. Start with the larger area to paint then go to the smaller area. Rule of thumb - Go from bigger to smaller. Let the larger area dry first before going on to the next step. Once it is dry start painting the smaller areas. Layer colors or add texture. By adding the finishing touches. You can also use permanent markers to small areas.

After the paint dries overnight add a clear urethane spray finish. If you have to apply several coats make sure that you let it dry before adding the next coat. Do this outdoors to protect yourself from harmful fumes. A child should have adult supervision while working on such a project.

When you are done you have a beautiful art piece that adds such a delightful touch to any area that you may place it. The spray protects your hard work of art and keeps the colors fresh and alive. Amazing and easy to do - now you try.

(The Rocks below can be found on ebay)

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Hand painted rocks


Share your thoughts here on how to create art out of rocks - Thank you for stopping by

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 16, 2014:

I'm sure my boys painted a rock or two when they were kids, but nothing like these. They're beautiful!

Nick Deal from Earth on September 16, 2014:

Oh I really like the way some of these look! I doubt I'll get into creating them myself but I'm tempted to go ahead and buy one if I find the right one!

Fay Favored from USA on September 15, 2014:

Love that little guy and would really like to make some of these. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing a bit of your gift with us.

norma-holt on June 16, 2014:

Beautiful ideas here and great hobby. Would love to give it a go one day.

moonlitta on February 09, 2014:

Lovely cats!

Carol Houle from Montreal on January 27, 2014:

Love the cats and the bowl of cute bugs. I will definitely look for special rocks once the snow melts. thanks

tonyleather on October 24, 2013:

really nice post!

Ben Reed from Redcar on August 28, 2013:

Such a great idea.

EzLoanLookUp LM on August 12, 2013:

so fun, such a great idea.

mel-kav on August 07, 2013:

What a creative idea - these rocks are great. I think I just found myself another craft. Thanks for sharing.

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on July 07, 2013:

These rocks are amazing. I would love to try it.

tfsherman lm on June 27, 2013:

I'll be rock painting this summer with kids at summer camp, and your reminders to start getting those rocks cleaned and ready were a big help. Thanks!

Kimberly Schimmel from Greensboro, NC on June 25, 2013:

These are spectacularly beautiful!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 25, 2013:

I started painting rock at my aunt's house one summer when I was a kids. We would paint them and put them back into the woods and hope that people would find them.

Dorian Bodnariuc from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on May 23, 2013:

Absolutely beautiful. I love your work, I'll send the link to this to my daughter.

Sharon Weaver from Los Angeles, CA on May 23, 2013:

These are great. I especially like the lady bugs.

Sharon Weaver from Los Angeles, CA on May 23, 2013:

These are great. I especially like the lady bugs.

ChristyZ on May 20, 2013:

These are so pretty, this is such a cool lens!

anonymous on May 20, 2013:

Very cool!!!

TheBLU26 on May 20, 2013:

Very nice! I really enjoyed this lens! Congrats on your well deserved purple star!

jlshernandez on May 20, 2013:

I like the kitty cat rock painting. Thanks for sharing a fun lens.

anonymous on May 20, 2013:

This is so sweet my dear friend. I should get out some of those rocks I painted years ago.

Congratulations on the Purple Star. - God Bless! :)

Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on May 20, 2013:

My MIL would love to have this painted cat stone (above) in her garden!

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on May 15, 2013:

I used to paint rocks with my grandmother back in the 70's. Loved spending that time crafting with my grandmother. Thanks for such a great lens!

Carol Brooks from Florida on May 14, 2013:

Your painted rocks are stunning. I brought back some lovely rocks from Colorado a couple of years ago and used a black permanent marker to write words on them, such as Love, Peace, Harmony, Sing, Dance, Joy - that type of thing. I put a coat of polyurethane on to protect them and bring out the lovely patterns in the rock.

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on May 12, 2013:

I used to do this, believe it or not. I can see the animals in river rock or in pieces of wood. Thanks for posting!

PaigSr from State of Confusion on May 11, 2013:

When they say to add a great picture to your lens they were not kidding. I found yours doing just that. There many images that I looked at and most had flowers in them. Yours was the one that stood out. It was different. It caught my attention. There are a couple of your other pictures that I liked including the cat just above the comment section. The other is the one that looks like a snake under a bush. That is the one that I would like to add to our yard. Thanks for the great ideas.

curtis62 on May 10, 2013:

Nice Rocks, It's totally different.

anonymous on May 10, 2013:

Beautiful ideas! I have not yet painted any rocks, but I do love to paint -- and rocks will be next!

DebW07 on May 09, 2013:

I adore this; you take a rock and turn it into a beautiful work of art for the garden or anywhere! Great job!

anonymous on May 09, 2013:

That intro rock is the sweetest thing! Yes I have done rock painting in the past but its been too long....congratulations on you Garden feature! Oddly, I have lots of rocks that my sister has sent over the years from their rock picking around Lake Superior...she mails them to me, I'm sure my mailman appreciates that! :)

ohcaroline on May 09, 2013:

I thoroughly enjoy rock painting. I need to get some new rocks to work on. Thanks for the inspiration.

Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on May 08, 2013:

I've wanted to get into rock painting for quite some time but haven't, so I really enjoy browsing the work others have done, wonderful!

sue826 lm on May 04, 2013:

Great lens. I'd love to try this some day.

anonymous on May 04, 2013:

These are soooo cute. Love this. Thanks for the lessons.

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on May 03, 2013:

What fun and clever! I would like to make a turtle or ladybug.

Jogalog on May 01, 2013:

So pretty. I love the cat one.

hmommers on April 28, 2013:

Beautiful rocks!!

DebMartin on April 26, 2013:

I've always enjoyed rock art. These are beautiful. I especially like the bugs.

anddzimm on April 25, 2013:

I'm going to have to do this with my son.

soaringsis on April 25, 2013:

This really looks like a lot of fun. Your artwork is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on April 25, 2013:

They are neat and I would probably pick up a few if I saw them but I don't think I'd ever attempt to paint them myself.

mrdata on April 25, 2013:

Very decorative lens! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

Deborah Swain from Rome, Italy on April 25, 2013:

haven't done this since i was a child...but you've rekindled my interest! btw...i think you mean "nick and cranny" not "nick and granny"!! (or maybe not...!)

simplysusan51 on April 24, 2013:

What a cool lens. Enjoyed it. Rock art is a great fun.

Beverly Rodriguez from Albany New York on April 24, 2013:

What fun! You can have fun picking out the perfect rock, then have fun painting it. I just bought a rock painting kit for my nine year old Granddaughter, but who needs a kit!

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on April 24, 2013:

Really lovely rock painting lens, lorlinda! I enjoyed this lens!

JRsFavoriteFinds on April 24, 2013:

My son painted a ladybug rock for me when he was in grade school. I still have it on my desk. He is a dad now.

Dusty2 LM on April 24, 2013:

I still have my pet rock but seeing this new art form for painting rocks is awesome! I can't believe some of the artwork is done on rocks because I keep looking at the pictures to be sure the canvas is a rock. The two I found really fascinating was the fish in the Intro and the rock art bear. Then again, looking at the eyes in the cat above look pretty real too. Appreciate you sharing. Have a Great Day!

AlleyCatLane on April 24, 2013:

It is amazing the designs people come up with to use on rocks. They can be so beautiful, or cute. I love the fish in your intro, and the ladybug.

Stuwaha on April 23, 2013:

Beautiful painted stones here. I have been thinking about trying this for a long time. Just need to assemble the materials! :)

NibsyNell on April 22, 2013:

This reminds me so much of when I used to do this when I was a kid. :) Mine never looked as good as these though lol!

Northerntrials on April 22, 2013:

I had a pet rock back in the 70's. The art has grown. Wonderful lens.

anonymous on April 20, 2013:

Wow, those are so cool. Thanks for sharing the process with us!

Maribel Taleghani Asl from Philippines on April 20, 2013:

These are really cute. I was showing it to my son and he is excited to pick rocks for our next beach visit and make one of these!

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