What kind of paint do you use to paint rocks?

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.

what is the best paint for rock painting

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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guide to the best paint for painted rocks

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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