Pebble /Rock Painting – an essential guide

Rock Painting

Who can do Pebble / rock painting

Skills Required: Beginner. These decorative rocks are extremely EASY. There are a few tricks for making them, but I’ll go over that in each description. If you follow the instructions, you’ll have success.

Painted Pebbles / Rocks

The idea behind these rocks is that you will decorate them and place them in locations for others to find as a “random act of kindness.” Isn’t it a cool idea?

How to Paint Rocks to Achieve Success

Here are my favourite tips for achieving the best painted rocks:

What you might use to decorate your rocks (click on link to go to product – will open in a new tab):

Gesso – a white surface primer to seal your pebble and give you a great painting surface

POSCA Acrylic Markers – available in a wide range of colours and nib sizes

Deco-Art Crafters Acrylic Paint – an affordable range opf great quality crafters acrylic paint (water wash up)

Montana Spray Varnish – to protect your project. Use 3 or 4 coats for best protection

  1. Pick smooth, flat rocks. You can decorate any rock, but it’s harder to decorate ones with ridges. If you can’t find them in nature, the craft stores sell them as do DIY and Garden centres.
  2. Wash the rocks before decorating them. You want to remove dirt so that it doesn’t mess your design. You can wash several at once with dish soap and leave in a colander to drain and dry.
  3. Seal the rock before painting on it. Use gesso primer to provide a clean keyable surface to paint on. This helps so that the rocks (which are porous) don’t suck the life out of your markers or absorb your paint.
  4. Paint your design on top and use several coats . . . let dry between layers. Use an outdoor or multi-surface paint to help them hold up to the elements.
  5. Use small brushes or a silicone colour tool to make small details and/or dots. I suggest that a round brush number 1,2,3,4 size would work well. But browse the selection.
  6. Use acrylic Posca Markers to write on your rocks. These work the best for me! Just make sure to let fully dry before any writing.
  7. Finish off your rocks with a coat (three or four) of Montana Spray Varnish. This will help protect your beautiful painted rocks from the elements. You can choose Gloss (shiny) Satin (soft sheen) or Matt (Flat).
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