Rock Painting: Written in Stone Messages

What you'll need:

  • rocks
  • acrylic paints
  • brushes

Step 1

Choose squared, rectangular or oval rocks, preferably smooth. Flat rocks that cannot stand on their own may work too, in that case the finished piece will look best when displayed on an easel.

Wash your rock and let dry.

Step 1: Choose smooth rocks.


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Step 2

Start base coating your rock with white acrylic paint.

Step 2: Base coat rock.


Step 3

Use a pencil or the tip of your round brush dipped in brown paint to divide in half the rock's front.

Sketch in two pages, make them a little smaller than the rock's contour.

Step 3: Divide rock's front.

Draw two rounded triangular shapes on top and bottom.

Draw two rounded triangular shapes.


Step 4

Give depth to your book by tracing a second line for the book block.The line runs from one triangular shape to the other.

Step 4: Trace second line for book block.

Draw a inner page with some movement to make it more interesting.

Draw inner page with movement.


Step 5

Use a medium flat brush and mix white with a drop of ochre paint to get a yellowish tone.

Step 5: Mix white with ochre for a yellowish tone.

Paint the two pages, giving a darker ochre shade sideways the midline.

Paint two pages.


Step 6

Use the same yellowish tone to fill in the sides.

Step 6: Fill in the sides.

Now, with a liner and thinned-down brown paint, paint many tiny parallel lines. Those are the pages of your book.

Paint parallel lines.


Step 7

Turn the rock and paint the back with blue paint or any other color you prefer.

Step 7: Paint rock back blue.

Fill in the triangular shapes on top and bottom of your rock with black paint.

Fill in triangular shapes with black paint.


Step 8

Detail the rock's back by painting the book's spine in the middle adding sideways shadows in dark blue.

Step 8: Paint book's spine.

Write your book title and add decorations of your choice.

Write book title.


Step 9

Add a drop of white to the blue paint and highlight all the book cover's edges.

Step 9: Highlight book cover's edges.

Now you are ready to write your text! You can write it using the tip of your thin brush or, the easy way, using a permanent black marker.

Draw blue lines to add a bookmark.

Write page text.

Paint the bookmark adding some white highlights and a diluted brown shadow under it to make it look more real.

Paint the bookmark.

These are the same rocks that I showed unpainted at the start:

A music book.
A music book

A poetry book.
A poetry book

Finished examples.

Next: Rock Painting Adorable Love Bugs

©2008 Ernestina Gallina. All rights reserved.

Written in Stone

Imagine your favorite saying on a rock, a meaningful message for a friend, an expression of love or devotion written on the pages of an old book...

This project will show you how to paint an old open book that you can personalize with your own text, for a very special gift that will last forever because it's "written in stone!"


About Ernestina Gallina

Ernestina GallinaErnestina Gallina is a self-taught artist living in Italy. Her artwork has been exhibited within Italy and is currently in various private collections. More


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