Unicorn Painted Rock Step-by-Step

unicorn painted rock

Unicorns are basically the mascot of 2018! Everybody loves unicorns in all their majestic, magical beauty. So why not paint a unicorn on a rock?!

What do you do, though, if you want to paint a unicorn on a rock but you aren't sure how to draw a unicorn? You use a stencil, of course!

Plaid crafts has a great unicorn stencil available as part of their fabric creations line and it made an awesome rock painting project! 

Just be sure to look for a rock big enough to accommodate the stencil. 

I used a variety of paint techniques to get the look I was going for on my unicorn painted rock. 

The good news is that nothing I did was hard and you could totally make this rock as an adventurous beginner!

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How to Draw a Unicorn on a Painted Rock

Watch how to draw a unicorn step by step with the help of a unicorn stencil.

If the video does not play in the space directly below this paragraph, you can also view a shorter version of the How to Paint a Unicorn Rock Video on the I Love Painted Rocks Facebook page.

Unicorn Painted Rock Step 1: How to Draw a Unicorn

This stencil I used to draw the unicorn is adhesive but because rocks are often not totally flat, I think you should leave the adhesive backing on and just treat this like a regular stencil.

Use your pencil together with the stencil to trace the outline and draw the unicorn onto your rock.

Unicorn Painted Rock Step 2: Get a pretty background with Colorshift

Using a small, detail paint brush and the ColorShift paint, follow around the outside line of the unicorn drawing and then fill in the background with a larger paintbrush.

Unicorn Painted Rock Step 3: Draw the unicorn with paint pens

Use white, pink, blue, and yellow Uni-Posca Paint pens to draw over the pencil lines of the unicorn you drew on step 1.

Fill in the shapes as appropriate. If you are trying to duplicate the unicorn I drew on my rock, refer to the image at the top of this post to see what color I made each part.

Use the black posca pen to trace all the outlines as well as add an eye, nostril and smile.

Unicorn Painted Rock Step 4: Seal with spray sealer

We are going to add glitter to our magical unicorn drawing but because decoupage formulas tend to cause Posca pens to get smeary, first you need to use a spray sealer (like this one) over the whole rock and let it dry (about 20 minutes).

This will protect all of the work you have already done on your unicorn drawing. If you don't want to add glitter, add a second coat of spray sealer and you're done!

Want to add sparkle and shimmer? Move on to step 5.

Unicorn Painted Rock Step 5: Add sparkle

To add sparkle, use the Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer and paint it over the unicorn (or the whole rock!).

We are using this instead of loose glitter because being bound in the decoupage medium will keep the glitter from coming loose in the environment and turning into glitter.

For more information on how to add glitter to painted rocks, see this article: How to Do Glitter Painted Rocks - The Right Way and the Wrong Way

Unicorn Painted Rock Step 6: Seal or Cure

The particular decoupage medium I used will become waterproof and outdoor safe after sitting and curing for 30 days. So set your rock aside to do that OR give it another coat of spray sealer before you hide it outside.

Unicorn painted rock

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About the Author:

Carissa 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 has won multiple awards for her craft writing including 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, Country Sampler Farmhouse Style and more.

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