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When I found my first painted rock, I was hooked! I wanted to know more about this random act of kindness with painted rocks. Of course, my first stop of Pinterest to research this awesome creative outlet. After painting many rocks and sharing them with my fellow neighbors near and far, I wanted to share my guide with the best tips and tools needed for beginner rock painting. Rock art is a wonderfully creative way to express ourselves and improve our artistic skills.
- Look for smooth flat rocks at local public beaches and even buying stones from local garden centers or rock yards. I personally, like smooth beach rocks for painting.
- Fast drying time, and it’s highly resistant to water once your art dries.
- It’s water-soluble which makes clean-up easy with just soap and water.
- It can be thinned down with water to create a watercolor medium.
- Acrylic paint is more flexible than oil paint, and there’s no cracking for thick coats of paint.
- Less toxic and fewer fumes compared to oil-based paints.
- There are two main brush shapes: Rectangular/Flat and Round/Pointed.
- Rectangular/Flat brushes have a square, flexible ends and hold a lot of paint. When used flat, they make long strokes and works well for painting large areas. You can achieve fine lines by using the tip and sides.
- Round/Pointed brushes have a teardrop shape and can make bold strokes to cover a large area, as well as a fine line with the tip.
- Brush size depends on the size of rocks you are painting on. Typically, small size brushes are used for detail work, and mid-size brushes are probably the largest size you will need to for painting on rocks.
- Synthetic brushes are usually made from nylon or polyester material. These brushes are recommended for acrylic painting, and it’s easy to clean with just soap and water.
- Dotting tools are usually used for nail art designs, but is becoming popular with rock painting too.
- Mandala rock art designs can be achieved by using dotting tools and comes in a variety of sizes.
- A great alternative to painting your rocks.
- The paint pens can come in a variety of tip sizes from extra fine to extra broad.
- There’s an array of colors, metallics, chalk paint, and acrylics to choose from for making your designs.
- Fast drying time.
- Great option for beginner painters to use for detail work.
- Ideal for hand lettering words on your painted rock masterpiece!
- Matter sealers will give your rocks a more natural look, on the other hand, the high gloss will make your rock look more like painted glass.
- Use a sealer that is weatherproof for outdoor use.
- Sealing your painted rock will protect it from outside elements
- It also gives extra protection against drops or scratches.
Now you have all the information needed to get started creating your beautiful painted rocks, feel free to share your latest designs on our Facebook page for other rock painting enthusiasts to admire! Visit the rest of Rock Painting Guide for more inspirational ideas and resources.