How to Use Stamps to Paint Rocks

how to make painted rocks using stamps

If you are looking for a creative way to paint rocks, you might want to try rock stamping! 

Painting rocks with stamps is a great way to get perfect rocks if your drawing and painting skills aren't quite up to snuff. 

Stamping can also provide a plain background that you can use to paint your rock with a Posca pen so you can fill it in coloring book style. 

This rock painting idea is also perfect for creating plant marker style painted rocks without having to have perfect penmanship - the stamps will do the labeling for you! 

Stamp the names of the different kinds of herbs and vegetables you're growing onto rocks to help keep track of what you planted where. 

Of course, you can also paint your rocks with stamped images of butterflies, bugs, inspirational words and more!

If you are inspired by this rock painting idea and decide to make your own, won't you share? I'd love to have you share your painted rock creations on the I Love Painted Rocks Facebook Page. If you are willing to let me feature your rock on this website, you can submit your unique painted rock creations here.

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Rock Painting Guide 

Easy Rock Painting Idea:
How to Use Stamps to Make Painted Rocks

This project tutorial originally appeared on our sister site, Creative Green Living. As such, the watermark reflects the original site name on which is appeared.

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Stamped Rocks Step 1: Match stamps and rocks

Select smooth stones that are an appropriate size for the stamps you'd like to use. For best results, choose rocks that have very little texture in the stamped area.

Stamped Rocks Step 2: Ink your stamp

Peel your chosen stamp up from it's backing sheet and adhere to a clear handle. Holding the clear handle, pounce the stamp the ink pad until all the detail lines are well inked.
Butterfly stamp painted rocks

Stamped Rocks Step 3: Peel the stamp off

Being careful not to touch the inked area, carefully peel the stamp off the handle and hold it with the sticky side resting on your fingers.
Butterfly stamp for painted rocks

Stamped Rocks Step 4: Stamp the rock

Carefully line the inked side of your stamp up on your rock and press down firmly, contouring the stamp to the rock's curves as needed but without rocking. Gently lift up and admire your work.
Painted rocks with butterfly stamp

Stamped Rocks Step 5: Weatherproof your rocks

Some types of ink become permanent when heat set. Other types will need a waterproof sealer to keep the ink from running while out in the weather.

Check the label of your ink for information on whether or not it can be heat set. If your ink is not a heat setting type, experiment with some of the different types of rock sealers to find one that works for you (light coats of spray sealer are probably your best bet).

Stamped Rocks Technique: How to stamp lettering onto rocks

If you choose smooth, flat rocks for lettering, you can do lettering following a similar procedure as above but without removing the individual stamps from the handle. Simply line the letters up on the handle, ink and press.
Sage painted stamped rock

More Stamped Rocks

Here are some more of the rocks I made using these stamps:
Rock stamped with a butterfly

Painted rock stamped hope

Stamped painted rocks

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painted rocks for your garden

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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