25 Cool Painted Rocks That Will Inspire You

Lots of cool rock painting ideas to get you inspired

If you love painted rocks, you will adore these 27 super cool painted rocks!

Some of these rock painting ideas even come with step by step tutorials so you can follow along and paint your own!

If you are obsessed with rock painting, you will leave totally inspired by all these fun ideas for cool painted rocks that you have never thought of before!

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These are all such cool painted rocks! These rock painting ideas range from creative to simple but all of them are beautiful. Many of these rock painting designs have step by step tutorials to teach you and your kids how to make them but others are for sale on Etsy. #ilovepaintedrocks #rockpainting #paintedrocks #coolpaintedrocks #stonepainting #paintedstones

Cool Painted Rock Ideas

how to paint rainbow ombre rocks with mandalas
These rainbow mandala rocks are super cool but they have a secret! 

Instead of needing extreme artistic talent to paint a fancy mandala, you just paint the rainbow ombre with acrylic paint and then apply the pre-painted mandala design.

It's like magic! Click over to the post to see the tutorial and even watch a video of it in action.

Scenic Silhouette Rock from @TheRarestBird
I think rocks painted in a way that give them new depth and perspective are so cool. Artist @TheRarestBird painted this pacific northwest sunset and evergreen tree silhouette rock. I must say it turned out super cool!

robot dog stamped rock made with heffy doodle stamps. bleep boop. translation: i love you
How to Make a Robot Dog Painted Rock with Stamps
I'm a sucker for novel rock painting techniques. When I met the stamp company, Heffy Doodle, at an industry trade show in January of 2019 I was able to take home some sample stamps with me.

I used those sample stamps to make this cool robot dog painted rock. You can see the full-length tutorial video for how to create this rock on the I Love Painted Rocks YouTube channel.
This rock stamping technique is easy to do and perfect if you don't feel like you know how to draw.

magical rainbow dot mandala painted stone for sale on etsy
Rainbow Chakra Dot Mandala Painted Stone
Dot mandalas are beautiful but hard to master. If you are dying to own one but don't quite have the painting skills needed to paint one yourself, try buying one from a talented Etsy artisan like MystiqueSieraden.

Cool rock painting ideas - a crescent shaped rock painted to look like a banana slug
I have heard people say things like "the rock told me what it wanted to be" but I never had that experience until I met this rock. This crescent-shaped rock was crying out to be a banana slug.

I was away from home but had some Posca pens on hand that I was able to use to help this rock's dreams of becoming a banana slug turn into reality.

Painted rock house - perfect for fairy door or a little town made out of rocks
Painted rocks that resemble houses being painted to look like tiny houses are so cool! These would be perfect for using to set up a painted rock fairy door in your area.

How to paint cool silhouette rocks
Cool Silhouette Painted Rocks
Adventure-in-a-Box has several really cool rock painting tutorials including this one which teaches you how to make magical looking silhouette painted rocks. They even have free downloadable templates that you can use to replicate the rocks they show you how to make.

simple but cool rock painting idea - mermaid scales painted rocks
Christine Brand (@NaturePlusPigment on Instagram) created these simple but really cool mermaid scale rocks to giveaway to customers who purchased things from her Etsy shop.

(please note this photo and promotion are from 2016 - I have not idea if she is still giving away mermaid stone to customers!)

One of the things I love about these cool jawa painted rocks from Crafts by Amanda is that they are 3D and paint the rocks so that they become mini jawas instead of just painted designs onto rocks in 2D.

Love Star Wars? I have lots more Star Wars Painted Rock Ideas!

Galaxy inspired painted rock with silver butterfly
This purple and sparkly painted rock is a fun twist on the galaxy painting technique. The stars, in this case, are created by a special glitter paint called Glitterific. A metallic silver butterfly tattoo finishes off the fantasy feel of the rock.

realistic cat painted rocks
Rocks Painted to Look Like Cats
Etsy artist AngelaArtIE paints all kinds of amazing rocks. She specializes in turning rocks into realistic looking animals. You can buy her painted cat rocks by clicking the image above. Check out all her other cool rocks that look like animals here.

rock painting idea - painted rocks that look like trailer campers
Painted Rocks that Look Like Campers
Aren't these rocks painted rocks that look like vintage campers awesome? They would be super cute in a fairy garden or as an addition to a painted rock city.

brush stroke flowers painted on a rock with a black background
How to Paint Flowers on Rocks
These rose-inspired flowers remind me of a cool tapestry. They look fancy but are actually simple to paint with the tutorial video! Check out the flower painted rock tutorial here.

Tropical vibe rock painting ideas with ferns and palm leaves made with stencils
Even thought these rocks look fancy, they have a secret - they were made with stencils! Isn't that cool? Check out the rock painting tutorial on DoodleCraft to learn how Natalie made them.

This rainbow fish inspired fish rock uses a cool glitter paint called Glitterific to get the cool effect for the glittery scales on the fish painted rock.

how to paint rocks with a rainbow background
Rock Painting 101 created these cool rainbow background painted rocks with black and white designs on top. Click the link to watch the video tutorial to see how they made them.

how to do marbelized paint on rocks
How to Use Marbling Paint on Rocks
These cool marbled rocks use a combination of Martha Stewart Marbling Medium and Martha Stewart Acrylic paints to get this awesome swirly effect.

If you love unicorns, you will love this magical rock painting tutorial. Using a stencil means that anyone can get an awesome painted rock like this one!

Thanks for stopping by! For more awesome rock painting ideas, check out more of our inspirational rock painting ideas:

24 painted rocks that look like food. These inspirational rock painting ideas are all super cool rocks that people painted to look like food! #ilovepaintedrocks #rockpainting #coolpaintedrocks #paintedrocks #rockpaintingideas

20+ Easy rock painting tutorials and simple rock painting ideas for beginners. #ilovepaintedrocks #rockpainting #paintedrocks #simplerockpainting #easyrockpainting

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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