How to Paint Rocks with Tropical Flair

April 18, 2018 0 Comments
How to paint rocks with tropical palm fronds and caligraphy

I love looking at other craft bloggers' rock painting ideas. I especially love when they don't just show you their painted rocks, but they take the time to teach you HOW to paint rocks in the style they did. I love the breezy, tropical vibe of these paradise and relax rocks from Natalie at DoodleCraft. She uses a stencil for part of the design to make getting perfect ferns and palm fronds even easier. Be sure to click over to her rock painting tutorial to follow along and learn how to make these beautiful painted rocks for yourself!


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How to Paint a Magical Unicorn Rock

April 08, 2018 0 Comments
The one thing I might love more than painted rocks is unicorns! When I saw the magical unicorn rock painting tutorial from Ruffles and Rainboots I knew I had to paint it! I ended up using her rock painting idea and based my own unicorn off of it. I changed my version of the unicorn rock a little bit from the way it was originally painted to make it a full body unicorn instead of just the head. 

What are the best tattoos for painted rocks?

April 07, 2018 0 Comments
Rock painting ideas using temporary tattoos
One of my favorite ways to get really impressive painted rocks is by using temporary tattoos. It can be easy to feel intimidated by people painting rocks that are beautiful and detailed - especially if you are a beginner. Since showing people how to apply tattoos to painted rocks I've gotten a lot of questions about where to get the best tattoos for painted rocks so I wanted to put together this helpful guide! 

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Clever Painted Rock Turtle Sculpture

April 06, 2018 0 Comments

I love when readers submit their original painted rock art! This clever turtle painted rock sculpture is assembled from seven different painted rocks (head, body, tail and four legs) by Andrea Miller of Christiansburg, Virginia. She uses permanent markers rather than acrylic paint to color in the rocks and the body.

To make something similar yourself, look for appropriately shaped rocks and glue them together using a permanent outdoor safe adhesive like E-6000. You could use colored Sharpie markers like Andrea or use a more traditional rock paint option (these are my favorite paints for painted rocks). To make your rock creation weather safe, be sure to use an appropriate sealer. If you used Sharpies, be aware that traditional spray sealers will make the sharpies run so they aren't the best option for sealing rocks painted in sharpie.

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20+ Painted Rocks Kids Will Love

April 06, 2018 0 Comments
Painting rocks is the perfect activity to get the whole family involved in! From painting rocks together, painting rocks for each other and going out later to hide your painted rocks around town or in a local park, rock painting is inherently a family friendly activity! From Star Wars to cute cartoons, super heroes and more, your kids will love these rock painting ideas! Lots of them come with detailed tutorials, too, so be sure to click on the images your like the most to learn how to make it.

What kind of paint do you use to paint rocks?

April 05, 2018 0 Comments
best paint and supplies for rock painting
One of the questions beginning rock painters ask all the time is what kind of paint we use for painting rocks. There are lots of great paints that are perfect for rock painting on the market! At the same time, there is plenty of terrible paint. Let me help save you time and money by getting you started with high quality paints for painting rocks from the get-go!

Best paint for painting rocks

An ideal paint to use for rock painting will have a few key elements:
  1. It will stick to lots of different surface textures
  2. It is highly pigmented so you don't need lots of coats
  3. It can withstand the weather
martha stewart acrylic paint - best painted rocks supplies
Martha Stewart craft paint is one of my favorite paints for all kinds of craft projects. It is designed to also work well with the Martha Stewart Marbling medium so if you want to make marbled rocks, this is another great multi-use paint to keep in your paint stash. It comes in lots of different finishes like matte, gloss, satin, pearl, metallic and glitter.

Where to buy it: Buy a starter collection of 2oz bottles on Amazon here. You can also buy any color you can imagine one at a time from Consumer Crafts.

folkart multisurface paint for painting rocks
FolkArt Multi-Surface paint sticks to all kinds of surfaces and is also outdoor safe. It's designed to work on lots of different surfaces including rocks and fabric so if you think you may want to paint other things, I would get this one to have a good multi-purpose paint in your stash.

Where to buy it: Buy it from Amazon in the 2 oz bottles as shown and large 8oz bottles.

folkart outdoor paint for painted rocks
FolkArt Outdoor paint is self-sealing meaning projects painted with this will not need the additional step of using a spray sealer. I also love that it is non-toxic and very well pigmented so you only need one coat. This paint is very thick but due to the extra pigmentation, a little goes a long way.

Where to buy it: This paint comes in large 8oz bottles (good for large projects like furniture), small bottles (as shown above), or in a small starter kit where you can get 32 colors in small pots for a good price.

uni-posca pens are best for painted rocks

Best Paint Pens for Painting Rocks:

These paint pens from Uni-Posca are really the gold standard as far as paint pens go. I have used lots of paint pens and no other paint pen is able to give you the control or remain usable for so long as Uni-Posca pens. If you only get one size, go for Ultra Fine but once you become obsessed with them, I'm sure you'll want to expand your collection.

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Best Glitter Paint for Painting Rocks:

While glitter on kindness rocks is seen as controversial in some circles - and some groups outright ban it - the best way to add glitter to a rock is with glitter paint. Unlike lose glitter, the glitter bound in the paint will stay on the rock rather than becoming litter. This glitter paint comes in lots of pretty colors, is buildable, non-toxic and perfect for rock painting.

Buy it: You can order 2oz bottles of FolkArt Extreme Glitter Paint on Amazon.

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Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and mom of two creative boys. The owner and lead writer of both I Love Painted Rocks and Creative Green Living, she won the Craftys Award for the "Best Craft Blogger" category in 2016 and the ShiftCon award for "Best DIY blogger" in 2018. Her projects have been featured in magazines like Kids Crafts 1-2-3, Capper's Farmer and Urban Farm Magazine. 

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