Last Updated on May 8, 2022 by ellen
Check out these easy rock painting designs. These simple rock painting designs can be done by anyone who enjoys making easy painted rocks for trading or collecting.
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Easy Rock Painting Designs
These easy rock painting ideas are a great way to start painting rocks even if you have no painting skills. It’s fun to decorate your garden with ladybug painted rocks. Or, why not put a few of these painted rocks on your desk at work?
Check out these easy rock painting ideas below to get started. I absolutely love painting rocks, and I hope you will too.
There are more rock painting ideas than I can possibly list here. So, start with these and let your creativity go. Have fun with it, and let your painted rock art show your personality.
What are kindness rocks?
Also called “message rocks”, kindness rocks are rocks that have been painted or decorated with a kind message or inspiring words. They can be given to someone who is having a bad day as a way to make them feel better, or they can be left somewhere for someone to find and brighten their day.
Rock painting letters
Hand lettering is a little more difficult when making painted rock art. So, you may need to practice a while. Or, you might want to try using a paint pen for the painted rocks with words on them.
Best rocks for rock painting
I recommend using smooth river rocks for your rock painting if you’re starting. They’re easy to work with and have a nice natural finish. You can find these at most craft stores or online.
Or, you can take a walk on the beach or at your local park and look for rocks there. There will be no added cost for rock painting supplies except the paint.
How to paint rocks
Rock painting is a straightforward process, but there are a few things you should keep in mind:
- always paint in a well-ventilated area
- use acrylic paint – it’s durable and easy to clean up
- start with a light coat of paint and add more layers as needed
- let the rocks dry completely before displaying or using them
- use these easy rock painting ideas as inspiration to make your own painted rocks.
Can kids paint rocks?
Yes, kids can paint rocks! They may have some great ideas for designs that you wouldn’t have thought of. Be sure to help them with the painting process and supervise them closely to ensure that they’re using safe techniques.
Most of these are easy painting ideas for beginners, so kids can do them. They may enjoy trading their painted stones with their friends. Rock painting is a fun craft for kids.
Let the kids start with simple rock painting ideas like smiley faces or rainbow rock art. There are lots of rock ideas that only take one or two colors.
Rock painting supplies
- Round rocks (most smooth rocks will work fine for painting if they are round)
- Paint pen for words
- Acrylic paint
- Puffy paint
- Paint brush
- Googly eyes
- Mod podge
- Base coat
- Spray sealer
If you want to show off your painted rock ideas outside in the garden, you will need to seal the rocks first so the paint doesn’t erode. With an outdoor Mod Podge or base coat and spray sealer, you can do that.
If you only display your painted rock inside and trade with friends, you can skip that. The paint will last on the rock for quite a while.
Easy rock painting ideas
Check out the rock art ideas in this article for a few easy rock paint ideas you can do.
- Owl painted rocks
- Kindness rocks
- Watermelon painted rocks
- Hedgehog painted rocks
- Strawberry rocks
- Pokemon rocks
- Ladybug rocks
- Flower rocks
- Galaxy rocks
- Mandala rocks
- Star wars rock painting
- Sugar skulls
- Vintage camper
- Woodland animals
- Holiday painted rocks
- Heart (if you can find a heart shape rock)
- Garden markers
- Alphabet painted rocks
There are many easy rock painting designs you can try as a beginner. I absolutely love owl rocks and will be trying those as soon as I find the right shaped stone.
How to display painted rocks
If you’re not sure how to display your painted rocks, here are a few ideas. Have fun with them.
- put them in a pretty bowl or vase
- attach them to a piece of driftwood and hang them up
- put them in a terrarium
- arrange them on a windowsill or ledge
- put them in a garden planter
- hide them in a garden
- DIY painted rock magnets
- garden markers
I have seen some cool rock painting ideas that use puffy paints, so I want to try those. Many different patterns would look super cool if they were painted that way.
Check out Pinterest for even more easy rock painting ideas and inspiration. There are lots of painted rocks examples there that are super cute.
More DIY projects for kids and adults
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- Straw painting art for kids
- Host a painting party
- Flower pot painting for kids
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