How to Paint Rainbow Mandala Rocks

Rock painting ideas - how to paint rainbow ombre rocks with mandalas and henna inspired designs

Even though these rainbow mandala rocks look impressive or difficult to paint, you'll be surprised to learn this is actually an easy to execute rock painting idea! With a little help from some henna style temporary tattoos, even beginners can learn how to paint rocks that are easy yet impressive! 


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Step 1: Paint a rainbow ombre

Create a rainbow ombre base by painting rainbow stripes on your rock and then using a large brush drug over the top to blend them together.

Step 2: Apply the tattoo

Applying temporary tattoos to rocks is one of my favorite tricks for getting impressive looking painted rocks with minimal effort!
Watch this quick video for how to apply a temporary tattoo to a rock:

Basically, once your paint is dry, you peel the plastic protective layer off of the temporary tattoo and put it face down on your rock. Hold a damp sponge on the back for 30 seconds, until the paper starts to slide. Peel the backing away and smooth the design with the sponge. Allow it to dry completely and you're done!

Step 3: Seal

If you are going to place your rock outside, don't forget to seal it! This is the spray sealer I use most often on my rocks. I like to give it one coat, let it dry for 30 minutes and then give it another coat in case I missed any spots.

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About the Author:

Carissa Bonham is a lifelong crafter and award-winning online content creator. She creates craft tutorials for both I Love Painted Rocks and Creative Green Living

Portland, Oregon locals can watch her as a monthly guest expert on KATU Afternoon Live. You can also watch her paint rocks on the I Love Painted Rocks YouTube channel.

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