Painting : Explore Rock Painting & Stone Sculpture Art
Rock Painting Projects, JoyRox, Beach Pebble & Stone Art
Rock painting and stone art is an economical art form enjoyed by hobbyists and professional artists alike. Explore the endless creative ways to enjoy this unique artform!
Free ProjectsWant to try your hand at rock painting? Try these free and fun projects on Creativity Portal by artist Ernestina Gallina of Pietrevive Rock Art and Maria Chatzi of Beach Stone Inspired!
Whimsical Painting on Rocks
Pebble Stone Jewelry & Keyring Crafts
How-to Rock Painting & Stone Art Sources
The following resources will inspire you to learn how to paint animals and other objects on rocks, and how to create your own stone sculptures and Bonnie Neubauer's JoyRox using ordinary rocks, a little bit of imagination, and lots of creativity!
Bonnie Neubauer's JoyRox Tutorial
Pietrevive Rock Art
Maria Chatzi's Beach Stone Inspired
Pet a Rock
Lin Wellford's Stone Menagerie Rock Art
The site not only showcases Lin's books, videos, and magazine Painting on Rocks, it also features a free rock art newsletter with site-accessible archives back to Spring 1999; and a frequently asked questions area where you can submit your own rock painting questions to learn answers to such questions as: Why paint on rocks? What kind of paint do you use? Where can you get rocks? I'd like to try painting rocks, but I can't draw. How do you transfer patterns?
Stones Park, a Park of Painted Rocks
Pet a Rock: How-to Rock Painting
By Patty Donathan
Rock painting is economical, fun and easy to learn. It's perfect for all ages and levels of ability. All you need are smooth rocks that you find or buy, regular acrylic craft paint, varnish and brushes. You can start with a simple ladybug and work your way up to more realistic dog and cat rocks.
I started painting rocks in 1999 after buying a book called "Painting Animals on Rocks" by Lin Wellford. I was intrigued that something so simple and unusual as a rock could be turned into an animal. I had the desire and passion to learn how to turn rocks into "3-D" animals. You actually take the whole rock and make it look like an animal. It helps to have the correct shape of a rock for some animals, but the easy to find round or oval shaped rocks make great cats, dogs and other animals.
I created my rock painting Web site, Pet A Rock, to share pictures of rocks I painted and provide information called "How To Paint Step by Step Pictures for the Beginner." I took step-by-step photos of how to paint a rock and typed up instructions for various projects. You'll find FREE instructions for a raccoon, hosta plant, colt, rabbits, gnome hut, house, barn, daisy plant, and skunks.
I also have sections called "Books To Help You Paint," "How To Repair a Damaged Rock," and "Supplies For Rock Painting." Although I have a lot of free information on my Web site to help anyone learn to paint rocks, I also wrote a "Rock Painting Tips" book for those who want extra information.
Along with rock painting, I started collecting memorabilia related to the old 70's Pet Rock. There is a section showing pictures of the original pet rock, the manual it came with, and more!
Rock painting has allowed me to make a nice little home business for myself. Once I felt confident and built up my inventory of painted rocks, I started selling them at craft shows. Before long, people asked if I could paint their pet on a rock. Since my goal was always to be able to do custom pet orders someday, I nervously accepted my first order. The customer sent me photos of their pet and I painted it on a rock. With the help of my digital camera and the Internet, I'm able to send my customers progress photos of their pets as I'm painting them. This allows me to make any changes, per the customer's suggestions if they have any. Once they approve the finished rock, they make payment and I mail it off. Currently I get most of my orders from my Web site, so I have slowed down on the craft shows.
My favorite part of my Web site is now the "Your Pet" section. It shows all the pets I have painted for customers along side the photos that were sent to me for reference.
So if rock painting sounds interesting to you, check out my Web site at www.petarock.com. •