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How to Create Art Out Of Rock

Updated on April 25, 2017

Designing Rock With Paint

Want something fun for your garden? Something that is fun to do? Or perhaps for a pond or two.

Painted rocks really adds charm to a garden and many other things. You would be amazed what a rock can become with the right technique and know how.

I am no expert but I have looked into this and what I have learned I want to share with you. Painting rocks is the one of the most inexpensive way to go if you want to add color and beauty to a garden or anything else of personal choice.

You can add this to a small pond or to your flowers to give a flare to your surrounding areas. It is fun for both adults and children to do. As you know rocks come in different sizes colors and shapes that can really highlight an area and bring a pleasant visual appearance.

Very delightful! Its' a great hobby not only for adults but for children too! Creating art out of rock is a rewarding experience.

How To Paint A Rock

First Step

1.) The Rock that you have selected needs to be really cleaned up. You can do that by using a old toothbrush by scrubbing it really good. For tough spots you can use sandpaper. Make sure that every nick and cranny is really scrubbed clean that is important to have your rock really clean from particles that may disturb the paint results. You can use powdered laundry detergent or liquid dish soap either one that you prefer.After the rock is completely dry make sure that you let it dry completely for several hours. Once you are sure that it is dry then you may want to use a pencil to lightly design your sketch, make sure that it is light so that it won't show through the actual paint job.

Art teaching books for - Rock painting

Here are some great ideas and tips on different designs in the art of rock painting.

Step Two

Assemble your paints

2.) Acrylic paints work well on interior settings.You can also use outdoor paint, there are labels that confirms that it is safe for outdoors. For example the paint that you would use to paint a boat etc. Use the outdoor paint that works with your particular climate where you live. The beauty of Rock art you have many options where to place them they add beautiful colorful attraction to almost everything.

Liquitex Acrylic Paint

Liquitex acrylic paint is the most recommended paint to use for this particular art on rock painting it comes in a tube and is handy to use. I highly recommend that you try this for rock painting.

Step Three


3.) Make sure that you have something to put your paint on, maybe a old plate or aluminum foil around cardboard or something like that, wax paper will do too. Using a acrylic brush semi stiff brush. Make sure that you use the right size for smaller areas to bigger areas. The smaller areas the thin pointed brushes work best.

Don't Paint

Until you make sure that your rock has completely dried before even applying the paint. remember it takes several hours to days for the rock to be completely dry.

Step Four

4.) Start with the larger area to paint then go to the smaller area. Rule of thumb: (Go from bigger to smaller). Let the larger area dry first before going on to the next step. Once it is dry start painting the smaller areas. Layer colors or add texture. By adding the finishing touches. You can use permanent markers to small areas also. After the paint dries over night add a clear urethane spray finish. If you have to apply several coats make sure that you let it dry before adding the next coat. Do this out doors to protect yourself from the fumes. A child should have adult supervision when doing this. When you are done you have a beautiful art work that adds such a delight to any area that you place it. The spray protects your hard work of art and keeps the colors fresh and alive. Amazing and easy to do---- you can do it it!!

(The Rocks below can be found on ebay)


Hand painted rocks


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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm sure my boys painted a rock or two when they were kids, but nothing like these. They're beautiful!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Oh I really like the way some of these look! I doubt I'll get into creating them myself but I'm tempted to go ahead and buy one if I find the right one!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Love that little guy and would really like to make some of these. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing a bit of your gift with us.

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Beautiful ideas here and great hobby. Would love to give it a go one day.

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      Lovely cats!

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      Carol Houle 4 years ago from Montreal

      Love the cats and the bowl of cute bugs. I will definitely look for special rocks once the snow melts. thanks

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      really nice post!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Such a great idea.

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 4 years ago

      so fun, such a great idea.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      What a creative idea - these rocks are great. I think I just found myself another craft. Thanks for sharing.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      These rocks are amazing. I would love to try it.

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      tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      I'll be rock painting this summer with kids at summer camp, and your reminders to start getting those rocks cleaned and ready were a big help. Thanks!

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      These are spectacularly beautiful!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I started painting rock at my aunt's house one summer when I was a kids. We would paint them and put them back into the woods and hope that people would find them.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Absolutely beautiful. I love your work, I'll send the link to this to my daughter.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are great. I especially like the lady bugs.

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      Sharon Weaver 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are great. I especially like the lady bugs.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      These are so pretty, this is such a cool lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very cool!!!

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      TheBLU26 4 years ago

      Very nice! I really enjoyed this lens! Congrats on your well deserved purple star!

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      I like the kitty cat rock painting. Thanks for sharing a fun lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is so sweet my dear friend. I should get out some of those rocks I painted years ago.

      Congratulations on the Purple Star. - God Bless! :)

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My MIL would love to have this painted cat stone (above) in her garden!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I used to paint rocks with my grandmother back in the 70's. Loved spending that time crafting with my grandmother. Thanks for such a great lens!

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      Carol Brooks 4 years ago from Florida

      Your painted rocks are stunning. I brought back some lovely rocks from Colorado a couple of years ago and used a black permanent marker to write words on them, such as Love, Peace, Harmony, Sing, Dance, Joy - that type of thing. I put a coat of polyurethane on to protect them and bring out the lovely patterns in the rock.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I used to do this, believe it or not. I can see the animals in river rock or in pieces of wood. Thanks for posting!

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      When they say to add a great picture to your lens they were not kidding. I found yours doing just that. There many images that I looked at and most had flowers in them. Yours was the one that stood out. It was different. It caught my attention. There are a couple of your other pictures that I liked including the cat just above the comment section. The other is the one that looks like a snake under a bush. That is the one that I would like to add to our yard. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      curtis62 4 years ago

      Nice Rocks, It's totally different.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful ideas! I have not yet painted any rocks, but I do love to paint -- and rocks will be next!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      I adore this; you take a rock and turn it into a beautiful work of art for the garden or anywhere! Great job!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That intro rock is the sweetest thing! Yes I have done rock painting in the past but its been too long....congratulations on you Garden feature! Oddly, I have lots of rocks that my sister has sent over the years from their rock picking around Lake Superior...she mails them to me, I'm sure my mailman appreciates that! :)

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoy rock painting. I need to get some new rocks to work on. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I've wanted to get into rock painting for quite some time but haven't, so I really enjoy browsing the work others have done, wonderful!

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      sue826 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. I'd love to try this some day.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These are soooo cute. Love this. Thanks for the lessons.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      What fun and clever! I would like to make a turtle or ladybug.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      So pretty. I love the cat one.

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Beautiful rocks!!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I've always enjoyed rock art. These are beautiful. I especially like the bugs.

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      anddzimm 4 years ago

      I'm going to have to do this with my son.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      This really looks like a lot of fun. Your artwork is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      They are neat and I would probably pick up a few if I saw them but I don't think I'd ever attempt to paint them myself.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Very decorative lens! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      haven't done this since i was a child...but you've rekindled my interest! btw...i think you mean "nick and cranny" not "nick and granny"!! (or maybe not...!)

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      simplysusan51 4 years ago

      What a cool lens. Enjoyed it. Rock art is a great fun.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      What fun! You can have fun picking out the perfect rock, then have fun painting it. I just bought a rock painting kit for my nine year old Granddaughter, but who needs a kit!

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Really lovely rock painting lens, lorlinda! I enjoyed this lens!

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      JRsFavoriteFinds 4 years ago

      My son painted a ladybug rock for me when he was in grade school. I still have it on my desk. He is a dad now.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      I still have my pet rock but seeing this new art form for painting rocks is awesome! I can't believe some of the artwork is done on rocks because I keep looking at the pictures to be sure the canvas is a rock. The two I found really fascinating was the fish in the Intro and the rock art bear. Then again, looking at the eyes in the cat above look pretty real too. Appreciate you sharing. Have a Great Day!

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      It is amazing the designs people come up with to use on rocks. They can be so beautiful, or cute. I love the fish in your intro, and the ladybug.

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Beautiful painted stones here. I have been thinking about trying this for a long time. Just need to assemble the materials! :)

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      This reminds me so much of when I used to do this when I was a kid. :) Mine never looked as good as these though lol!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I had a pet rock back in the 70's. The art has grown. Wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, those are so cool. Thanks for sharing the process with us!

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      These are really cute. I was showing it to my son and he is excited to pick rocks for our next beach visit and make one of these!