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141 Rock Painting Ideas – Easy, Simple Designs To Follow

Looking for the best rock painting ideas ? We’ve got you covered ! Rock painting is fun and relaxing, and it can easily be turned into a family project.

Even if you’re not used to painting, you can use these rock painting ideas as a simple beginner’s project. You’ll learn to mix and match colors, and how to work with the shape of the stone. Sometimes if you’re not sure what to paint and the outline of the stone will lead you into an unexpected direction !

If you’re looking for more details on how to start rock painting like supplies and tips/ video then check out this How To Paint Rocks Guide . Want more fun ideas? Try these 90+ Disney Inspired Rock painting Ideas. These ideas make fun crafts for kids and rainy day crafts for teens and tweens.

And if you’re looking for more summer activities, check out these 45 summer painting ideas.

Now let’s get ready to have fun painting rocks, and get inspired by these ideas. If you’ve never painted rocks before, there is an FAQ at the end of this post.

Rock Painting Ideas – 141 Ways To Get Inspired

In this list you’ll find rock painting ideas fit for kids, adults, family projects, beginner-friendly, and a few more complex but beautiful ones. Don’t worry, most of these are simple and easy to make, and won’t take up the entire day.

Supplies you’ll need for rock painting are:

  1. Clean and dried rocks
  2. Acrylic paint
  3. Paint brushes
  4. Sharpies
  5. Paint markers (Like Posca)
  6. Jar of clean water
  7. Paper towel/rag to wipe bush dry

141 Rock Painting Ideas

Rock painting's has be one of the cutest ways to try your hand at painting. This list is going to give you the inspiration necessary for your next project, and it will be fun!

Here you'll find unique and cute rock painting ideas, from Christmas themes to Halloween to beginner-friendly ones. Most of these are hand-painted, and you can easily replicate them at home.

Rock painting FAQ

Before you start painting any rock, read these frequently asked questions so you know what to expect, and how to prep for the project.

Do you need to prepare rocks for painting ?

The only preparation you need to do is to clean the rocks in soapy water, rinse them thoroughly, and then let then dry completely. Some rocks might need a little brushing to get any dirt or sand out of them.

If you don’t clean the rocks before painting them, the paint will not stick or it will flake off. Make sure you work with a clean rock.

My rocks are very porous, can I fill them in ?

If the rocks you’ve got have a lot of tiny holes (pores) in them, those can be filled with a wood filler. It’s a sort of primer that will ensure a smoother base to work with. Just make sure the rock is completely dry after the filler before you start painting on it.

Do you need to seal rocks after painting them ?

Sealing the rocks after painting is up to you. A sealant will prevent the paint from chipping or getting wet, which is a serious threat to acrylic paint. The best way to seal your paint is to use spray-on sealant, 24 hours after finishing painting. You could also use brush-on but you risk smudging the design.

If you choose not to seal your painted rocks, they will likely be fine in time but you need to keep them out of harm’s way, and always dry.

Another point that might be interesting, a shimmery paint or gold paint will look even better with a shiny sealant. There are matte sealants if you want a matte finish.

What kind of paint is best for rock painting ?

Acrylic paint is the best option for rock painting. It’s easy to work with, easy to clean up, can easily be applied in several coats, and it’s usually very well pigmented.

You can find metallic and shimmer acrylic paint, and you can also find spray shimmer or metallic paints if you’re not good with brushes.

Feel free to mix up your media. Use an acrylic base and then some gold pens for accents, or glitter pens for that matter. Sharpies also work well.

What are the best rocks to paint ?

The best rocks for painting are smooth rocks. Typically these are lake, river, or ocean rocks that have been smoothed out by water and sand. These are easiest to prepare and paint on, and have the least amount of pores.

So there you have it, 141 rock painting ideas to get you started! Have fun, and remember to let your creativity flow. There are no real mistakes when painting rocks

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Saturday 16th of December 2023

loved the ideas. Thank you

Jasmine Dhillon

Tuesday 9th of January 2024

So glad to hear that Cathy! Thank you for taking the time to let me know :)

Cheers, Jasmine

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