Do you like collecting rocks as much as I do? I especially love the smooth, round ones that fit in the palm of my hand. It goes without saying that my box of stones is filled to the brim regularly. If that happens, it’s time for a rocky project!
Painting rocks is like art therapy for me. I randomly grab some rocks from my box and start painting them, without giving a thougt how I’d like them to turn out. The patterns just start to form on it’s own. Sometimes I like the result, sometimes I don’t. But I’m okay with that. The only thing that matters is the act of painting itself.
The great thing about painting rocks ist, that the material doesn’t cost a thing. You paint on what you find. If a rock doesn’t turn out well, you just grab the next one. You don’t pressure yourself into creating something “beautiful or perfect”, and because of that, most of the results are pretty great.
The next perk is, that even simple doodling locks great on rocks. A stone is pretty decorative in itself. Sometimes you get inspired by a certain shape or texture, and patterns emerge you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Preparation and Colors:
Even if your stones look clean, you should scrub them with a little soapy water and a brush before you paint on them. There is always a little residue of dust and dirt on them. This would result in smudges or paint that chips off once it dries.
I like to paint my rocks with acrylic paint (available here*), or permanent markers (available here*) if I want monochrome patterns. If you use markers, be sure to use ones that are waterproof! Otherwise it will just smear or come off. I like to use high quality paint brushes with pointed bristles. Your results will be so much better if you have nice brushes!
Finish it off with a layer of clear acrylic spray paint (available here*). The natural colors of the rocks will show off nicely and your design will be water- and wheaterproof. You can also use clear nail polish for that.
Rocks decorated with monochrome patterns in black or white will almost always look great. Don’t try to think. Just paint. Sometimes the stone has an interesting texture to it, and you can just follow the lines. Or you start by drawing random lines and color the areas later on.
Look for rocks on a rainy day, when all the stones are wet. The different colors will show off better, and you can imagine how your rocks will look once you apply a clear coating. I like to collect rocks on a gravel bar or the shallow part of a river.
My painted rocks are scattered all over my house. I like to place them in flowerpots, on windowsills, in little bowls or just outside in the garden. 🙂
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