By Nicole Tinkham
Did you perk up when you heard the word “free”? We also love a great deal especially when quality supplies may not always be in the budget. But as artists we’re able to get creative with what is already available to us. One type of artwork that we are totally in love with these days is rock art. That’s right, painting and creating on found rocks out in nature. This isn’t just a children’s craft (although it could be!) but is also perfect for any artist and we’ll tell you why. Read on to discover our favorite tips, tricks, and ideas for painting on rocks.
First off, let us explain why, out of all things, we love creating on rocks..
1. Perfect project for all skill levels and ages.
2. Unique shapes and textures produce different creations every time.
3. The unique shapes can also spark your creativity and give you new fun ideas.
4. You aren’t limited to painting. You can also use markers and collage materials.
5. They’re useful (we’ll explain the different uses of rock art later).
6. They’re FREE! And even if you do pick up a rock from the store, you won’t be spending an arm and a leg on it.
7. There’s no pressure for perfection. The rock itself is imperfect 🙂
What you can paint on rocks: ANYTHING! Here are a few ideas.
• Abstract designs
• Motivational messages
• Solid colors
Let’s get started! Here’s the how-to for rock painting:
Step #1: Choose your rock. If you have a particular idea in mind, you may have to find the perfect size and shape for that idea. But you could also leave it open for ideas after you choose your rock. A smooth surface will make your life easier.
Step #2: Clean off your rock. Soap and warm water will do the trick but you can also use an old toothbrush to do some additional scrubbing. Dry it off before you get started on your project.
Step #3: Sand down any rough patches to make painting easier. If you chose a very smooth rock, you won’t have to worry about this step.
Step #4: Draw your design. You can practice drawing out your design on a piece of paper first if you want. Use a pencil or chalk for making marks on your rock before painting.
Step #5: Now you can begin painting. We suggest working from the largest areas down to the finer details. Just remember to let each layer dry before moving onto the next one.
Step #6: Sealing your design. You can use Mod Podge to seal your painting to keep it lasting long.
What to do with your rock once you have it complete
• Use it as a paperweight
• Decorate your garden
• Give it as a gift
• Frame it (Yes, this is possible. Just ask our framer Mark for ideas!)
• Use them as holiday decorations
• Turn them into magnets
• Make it your pet rock 🙂
• Sell your rock creations
When it comes to rock painting, the ideas are endless. You don’t even have to use paint! Grab some fun colored Sharpies and doodle away. Use this as a way to relieve your stress. Most of the time (depending on how detailed your project is), rock art is a quick project that you can use your creative mind on without putting too much pressure on yourself. It’s a fun way to get the creative juices flowing. Whenever you find yourself in a rut, refer back to this blog for helpful tips, tricks and ideas for painting on rocks.
Do you have any experience with rock art? Please comment below and tell us about your creations!