So you have a whole pile of rock painting supplies ready to use, but what to start painting? There are so many options! I’ve brought together a list of easy rock painting ideas to give you a place to jumpstart your own creativity. There’s no wrong choice when it comes to painting rocks, the sky is the limit. I made these designs using my favorite rock painting supplies.
Easy Rock Painting Ideas
Yes, you can paint complicated, time intensive designs on smooth stones, but sometimes you’re just looking for some quick, down-and-dirty crafting time. Having easy painting ideas for rocks when you’re just starting out and getting used to rocks as canvases is also a great idea. I recently had a girls’ crafternoon, and made these fun little painted rocks while I was there.
Paint an ombre gradient on a heart-shaped rock to make a sweet surprise for someone to find. I used shiny 3D paint to add a dotted heart to emphasize the shape of the rock.
Add a variety of arrows using paint pens to add some fun to a travel-themed design. Fine tipped markers are perfect for details and for writing words on rocks. I used these paint pens (my favorite for painting rocks).
Layers of paint sponged onto a dark navy background created this fun galaxy painted rock. I spritzed on white paint flecks for the tiny stars, then added my constellation using silver paint.
Did I make up my very own crown constellation? Why yes I did!
I used a stencil to create this trio of mushrooms on a natural speckled rock. Stenciling on rocks is difficult because of the irregular surface, so I just barely stippled paint to get the general shape of the design. Once I removed the stencil, I went back with brushes to add the paint where it belonged.
Easy Rock Painting Ideas-Dots
There’s something about dotted designs that just radiates happiness. Using a round paintbrush or a dotting tool set (or even a pencil eraser), these little circles can create an adorable background or make up the design itself. Try these dotted easy rock painting ideas:
- Paisley Stones from Suzy’s Artsy Crafty Sitcom
- Dotted Hearts from Sustain My Craft Habit
- Puffy Paint Rocks from I Love to Create
- Garden Markers from TLCHandmade on Etsy
- Dotted Flowers from Fabric and Ink and Everyday Life
Easy Rock Painting Designs-Animals
Animals are always a good choice for rock painting. Everyone has a favorite animal, and the design can be as simple as a solid white background with black panda face details. Or draw a rainbow unicorn head, sunning turtle, or bright ladybug. Check out these simple animal rock painting designs:
- Geeky Hedwig Owl from Geek & Sundry
- Spring Tic-Tac-Toe from Chicken Scratch NY
- Unicorn Rock from I Love Painted Rocks
- Pokemon Go Hide and Seek from Inspiration Made Simple
- Shark Rocks from Sustain My Craft Habit
Easy Rock Art Ideas-Inspirational
With the enormous popularity of hiding and finding painted rocks, (and the Kindness Rocks Project) inspirational phrases and decorations are one of the most common things to paint on rocks. Whether you paint short one-word motivators or long encouraging quotes, inspirational painted stones are an easy rock art idea that also sends some love to the world.
- Bright stamped rocks from RubberStamps.com
- Garden Stones by Jen Goode for Country Chic Cottage
- Gratitude Stones from Alisa Burke
- Inspirational Paper Weights from 365 Days of Crafts
- Feel-Good Painted Rocks from Plaid
Rock Art Idea Books
I’ve listed some suggestions for idea books filled with things to paint on stones. They’re a great place to gather suggestions, learn specific patterns, or even pair with supplies for a crafty gift idea. Whether you’re 3 or 93, anyone can have fun painting rocks!
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