25 Awesome Painting Hacks Every Artist Should Know

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Want to spend more time, doing what you love? That’s why I’ve taken the initiative to find some of the best money-saving rock painting hacks and beginner-friendly tips to make painting fun so that you can spend more time doing what you love!


1. Can’t-Wait to Paint?

After cleaning your rocks with soapy water, dry the rocks in a 300 degrees oven on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Then place the hot rocks in a glass or metal bowl and put it in the freezer for 2 minutes. You’ll be ready-to-paint in less than 15 minutes!

2. I Love my Red Solo Cup

Use an upside-down cup as a stand for applying base coats to your rock. This way you can paint the sides and parts of the bottom as well.

rock on cup


3. Stain Remover Hack

Use 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol to remove dried acrylic paint from clothing. Soak the stained area for 15 minutes and then scrape with a butter knife or old toothbrush. Repeat process until the stain is removed. Via buzzfeed



4. Remove Old Paint on Paintbrushes Hack

Place 2 tablespoons of hand sanitizer gel in a cup and swirl your old paint brush around to loosen and melt the old paint off your paintbrushes. This will make it easier to separate the bristles to remove paint, rinse it well.


5. Want a Smoother Rock for Painting?

Any wood filler can be used to make rocks smoother for painting.  After the filler is dry, sand the rocks with a light grit sandpaper, then apply a base coat of acrylic paint. 


6. Kids + Paint = Mess for Mom

Your kids love to paint, but the aftermath scares you little. Try using disposable drink cups with lids as a no-spill paint cups for kids. That way, it will hold the paint and paintbrush without all the mess and toss when done! Via bebravekeeping

no mess paint cups


7. Are you a Multitasker?

If yes, try painting 2 -3 rocks at a time, so while the paint is drying on one rock, you can start on another rock! Let’s keep that creative mojo flowing!


8. Want to be an Amazing Artist?

Then start painting every day! Practicing will improve your skill and it will help you discover new mediums and techniques that you’ll love creating.


9. Craft Paint Hack

 Try adding a glue twist caps to your acrylic craft paint 2oz. bottles to use to write or draw designs on your rock. Via buzzfeed



10. DIY Metallic Colors 

Make your own metallic colors! Add some silver metallic acrylic paint to any color acrylic paint to create beautiful metallic colors. The more silver added results in more shimmer the paint will have.

11. Color Mixing: Darken Colors 

Never use black to darken a color, it will create a muddy look. Try adding a small amount of brown or dark blue. A little odd you may think but it will give it a more vibrant and natural looking color.

color mix 1


12. Color Mixing: Vibrant Blues

Want a deeper darker blue in your painting? Add a small amount of red to your blue and it will create a vibrant rich blue, perfect for beautiful blue oceans.

color mix 2


13. Color Mixing: Muted Colors

To make muted colors in your painting, you can mix a primary and it’s complementary color to make a muted tone that’s not so bright.



14. Acrylic Paint Hack

Did you know that acrylic paint will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge? Place your paint palette in the fridge for your next painting session.

paint palette


15. Sketchy Hack

If drawing is not your best skill. Try using transfer paper to trace a beautiful inspiring word or design on the rock and then paint your design over the traced area.


16. Repurposed Water Bottle

Cut the top off of an empty plastic water bottle to make an instant water cup for your paintbrushes. Make it a double-duty tool by attaching binder clips to the top to make a paintbrush holder too. Via youtube

water cup


17. Make Old Paintbrushes New Again!

Here is a great money-saving hack, wet your old paintbrush with water and then move your brush over a bar of bath soap. Keep moving your brush around until you get it to the shape it was when it was new, then let it dry overnight. Rinse the soap off the brush and let it dry again. Via youtube

paintbrush on soap


18. DIY Paint Palette

Wanna paint but don’t have a paint palette? Simply use an empty egg carton or plastic ice cube tray as a make-shift paint palette. Via momdot

paint palette


19. Acrylic Pouring with Precision

Using a kitchen food scale can help measure and record the amounts of acrylic paints used for your acrylic pouring project. This way when you’re making a “dirty pour” over a rock and want to make another, now you know how much paint to use.


20. DIY Acrylic Pouring Tools

I love hacks that I can actually use! Take an empty applesauce, yogurt, or condiment cups and use for mixing acrylic paint for acrylic pouring. Wash and reuse. Via pinterest

applesauce cups


21. DIY Acrylic Pouring Tools 2.0

Mixing sticks are basic tools for acrylic pouring. You can use craft sticks over and over for mixing and spreading the paint for any art project.


22. DIY your own Alcohol Ink

Take any color sharpie marker and with gloves on, take the nub off and the take apart the sharpie to get the ink pad. Then put the nub and ink pad into a cup with 1.5 oz of 91%  or higher Isopropyl Alcohol. Let it sit for at least 2 hours, then fill in 1.5 oz travel size bottles. Via youtube

23. DIY Kids Paintbrush

Here’s a fun creative painting hack that your kids will love doing. Take a clothespin and attach pom-pom, scraps of felt, pipe cleaners, feathers, or anything you have on around the house. Also, Q-tips make easy painting tool for little hands. Via theinspiredhome



24. Press and Seal Wrap Hack

Use Press and Seal wrap to cover your kiddos work area to craft projects. When your little one has completed their masterpiece, pull up the Press and Seal wrap and trash it. Via diyncrafts



25. Craft Paint Storage Hack

Want to organize your craft paints on the cheap? Go to your local Dollar store or Walmart for these plastic cubes. Setup cubes on its side you can store your craft paints. Via mistysart


plastic cubes for craft paints


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I’m Tina, and I love all things crafty. My philosophy is that if you create it, it will inspire!

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