Painted Rocks Tutorial | Kristine Bryant

School’s out and summer’s here! If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your family, Kristine has got you covered in today’s tutorial.

Hello, Sweet friends! It’s Kristine with you today, and I’ve got a craft that’s fun for all ages – painted rocks! I may be showing my age here, but when I was a kid, pet rocks were a popular thing. I’ve been wanting to make a set of these for a long time, so let’s get started!

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • large, smooth rocks (I found these in the floral department of Michaels for only $2.99)
  • acrylic paint
  • a couple of small brushes (you’ll definitely want a super small one for detail work
  • decorative stamps of your choice (anything will work, but it’s best to choose stamps that have fairly large open areas to make the detail painting easier)
  • Staz-On ink
  • solid (or close to it) stamp that’s larger than your largest decorative stamp
  • black Sharpie marker
  • sealer (optional – I used Mod Podge, but you could also use a spray sealer)

1 - Materials with overlay

First off, choose the flattest rocks in the package, wash them in warm soapy water to remove any oils or residue, and dry thoroughly.  Then start painting your base coats.  I wanted light backgrounds, so I mixed white and colored paint to make pastels for my rocks, but you can use any color you like (as long as the black stamp ink will show on it later!).  It’s best to paint several thin coats rather than one thick one – you’ll get a smoother, more even finish.  Acrylic paint dries very quickly, so this part won’t take very long.

2 - Paint Base Coat with overlay

Once all your base coats are painted and dried, it’s time to stamp your images!  Now, this is the only part that’s a wee bit tricky – even though you’ve chosen the flattest rocks in the package, there might still be a little unevenness.  If we mounted the stamps to a flat acrylic block like normal, we might not get a good image.  So the workaround for that is to use another large, flat stamp to take the place of the block.  Its flexibility will allow you to bend it slightly to make sure the decorative stamp contacts the rock at all points.  I found that the large camper in the Campout set worked perfectly, but if you don’t have this one, no worries.  Choose any large stamp that doesn’t have too much open space in the center.  Mount your decorative stamp to the flat side of the larger stamp just as you would mount it to a block, then ink it up.  (Since the fake “block” is very thin, you’ll have to be extra careful not to get ink on your fingertips during this step – trust me, I know this from experience!) When it’s all inked, carefully place the stamp on the block, being careful not to let it slide around, and press it down all around.  Carefully peel it up again, and you’ll have your stamped image!  Don’t worry if it’s a little raggedy in spots – we’ll fix that in a moment.

7 - Stamp with overlay

When all of your rocks have been stamped with your image(s) of choice, use your Sharpie marker to carefully go over any lines that didn’t quite stamp completely.

3 - Sharpie with overlay

Now that the trickiest part is over, the fun part begins – the painting!  With your acrylic paints, fill in your stamped images any way you like.  Solids, polka dots, stripes – the sky’s the limit!

4 - Paint with overlay

When all your rocks are painted and dried, add some sealer if you like to keep that paint fresh and clean looking. You can use a spray, Mod Podge, or any other type of sealer.  These rocks are going to be gifted to three pretty active little boys, so I used three coats of Mod Podge.

5 - ModPodge with overlay

Once the sealer is dried, they’re done!  Your painted rocks are ready to be displayed or played with.

6 - Final with overlay

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you make your own adorable little pet rocks!  If you do, don’t forget to share in the Sweet Stamp Shop Fan Club group on Facebook andtag us on Instagram (#ssspetrocks) so we can see what you created.  Happy stamping!


2 Responses to Painted Rocks Tutorial | Kristine Bryant

  1. Callie Huza says:

    Kris, I love how you used another stamp to make it flexible enough for the rock! So clever 🙂

  2. Robyn says:

    I’ve just started painting rocks with my girl’s and got to thinking about stamping then since in no artist! 🙂 I’m glad I found what you used when you did your rocks. Thanks again!

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