Spreading Kindness & Joy One Rock at a Time
Supplies and Resources
I thought it would be helpful to create a supplies section that rock painters could use to see the products that I use and recommend. This list will continue to evolve as I find different resources that are worth mentioning.
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I have used this paint brand and it is good for beginners if you want to paint with a brush. A fine choice for starting out!
DecoArt® Americana® Premium Acrylic Paint Value Pack
These acrylic paints from DecoArt are water-based and non-toxic. They deliver superior coverage and a durable matte finish. You can also varnish the paint to create an array of sheens on almost any surface.
Details: Includes assorted colors, 2 fl. oz. (59 mL) per bottle, 12 acrylic paints, Durable matte finish
Acrylic Paint Pens
You certainly don’t have to use acrylic paint pens, but I have grown to prefer these as they dry faster than standard acrylic paint, you don ‘t waste paint and there is no mess to clean up when you are done! I also have better control with the pens when trying to achieve finer details. Posca paint pens are wonderful!!
uni Posca Paint Marker Pen – Medium Point – Set of 15 (PC-5M15C)
It is a water-based pigment ink that is non-toxic, lightfast, and waterproof.
Set includes: white, light blue, Gray, brown, orange, peach, light orange, Yellow, pale green, purple, blue, green, pink, red, and black. This size is thicker so it’s great for background colors or filling in bigger spaces.
Unlike alcohol-based marker ink, The ink does not bleed.
uni Posca Paint Marker Pen – Extra Fine Point – Set of 12 (PC-1M12C)
It is a water-based pigment ink that is non-toxic, lightfast, and waterproof.
Set includes: red, orange, yellow, pale green, green, light blue, blue, purple, pink, brown, white, and black. This size is great for regular detail and some fine details.
Unlike alcohol-based marker ink, the ink does not bleed.
uni Posca Paint Marker Pen – Medium Point – Black (PC-5M)
It is a water-based pigment ink that is non-toxic, and waterproof.
Size medium, great for laying down big sections of paint.
Mod Podge is used to secure your label to the bottom of your rocks. This lets the finder of the rock know where they should post a picture of the rock. You can use matte or gloss depending on your preference.
Mod Podge® Matte
Mod Podge® Gloss
Be sure to use a clear sealer spray to protect your paint. Select a UV-resistant, non-yellowing kind that will help protect your paint longer in sun and rain. This one below is my favorite.
Krylon® UV-Resistant Clear Gloss
Give your craft projects and artwork a permanent, protective and longer lasting clear finish that protects surfaces from damaging UV light rays. Permanent finish guards against fading.
Details: Non-yellowing, moisture resistant, clear finish, dries to touch in 10 minutes, dries fully in 5 hours, 11 oz. (311 g),
WARNING: Extremely Flammable.
Where can you find rocks to paint?
There are several ways to source rocks, some with beautifully smooth but expensive options and some with more economical but perhaps bumpy options. The goal is to find sources that offer economical options that are still smooth enough to paint on. Here are some places to find rocks both in your area and online.
Check local home improvement stores for landscaping stones and a more economical option. I like the Dorado River Rock and the Imperial River Rock bags from Home Depot. Every time I go on a road trip I stop at home improvement stores surrounding bigger cities as they have even more selection. Typically they are sold in 40 pound bags. Imperial has larger rocks and Dorado has smoother rocks. These are just a couple that I have tried. I prefer rocks that are between 2-3 inches and smooth, and these have worked well for me. They are also reasonably priced. Check your local home improvement stores and don’t forget to check if they have a Ship Free to Store option!
Check your local landscaping stores that have outdoor piles of landscaping rocks. Often they have large bins of landscaping rocks of different sizes. Some will allow you to bring in a bucket and choose the rocks you want for a price per pound.
For the Iowa City/Coralville area: King’s Materials in Coralville sells Mexican Beach Pebbles which are a really nice option. They are a fantastic size for rock painting and are very smooth, making them easier to paint on. They are more expensive than the option above, but also better to paint on, so you get what you pay for. King’s charges by the pound, so you can take in a bucket, pick out the perfect rocks, and they will weigh it and price it for you. Very easy process, and you get to pick out the exact rocks you like! I almost filled a 2 gallon bucket it and it was just over $10.
Or order online! Here are some options to choose from. More to come as I find online options I would recommend.
18 Pounds Craft Rocks, Painting Rocks,2″-3.6″ River Rocks, Smooth Rocks, Flat Rocks, DIY Stones, Art Stones
- Quantity: 18 pounds – About 93 PCS – 100 PCS
- These are incredibly smooth rocks that are also the most flat I have found. This makes it a dream to label the bottoms for kindness rocks!
- Size: 2″-3.6″
Meuxan 10 Piece Dotting Tools Ball Styluses for Rock Painting, Pottery Clay Modeling Embossing Art
- Set of 10 for creating fine details, painting, dotting, shaping and smoothing for different craft projects
- Total 20 ball ends, 14 different diameters: 0.8/1/1.5/2/2.5/3/4/6/8/10/11/13/16/18mm
- Ideal for painting dots on rocks
- Length between 4.7-5.3 inches, lightweight and easy to use
- What You Get: Blue Rubber handle ball stylus x 4, Wooden handle dotting tool
Stone Painting for Kids: Designs to Spark Your Creativity
This follow-up to the bestselling The Art of Stone Painting offers a kid-friendly version of an engaging activity that helps promote creativity. Popular stone artist F. Sehnaz Bac, a seasoned archaeologist who markets her painted Sassi dell’Adriatico (Stones of the Adriatic) on Etsy, presents step-by-step instructions for simple projects, accompanied by full-color photographs. Her introduction explains how to find and choose stones, which kinds of materials and tools are safe for kids to use, how to set up a workspace, simple techniques, and other helpful tips.
A splendid variety of patterns begins with illustrations of basic shapes and designs for human figures and faces, animals, numbers and letters, and natural motifs — flowers, trees, and stars. Other activities include painting stones for games such as tic-tac-toe, chess, and dominoes. Kids will learn lettering techniques for writing names and words on pebbles and how to design holiday-themed decorations. They’ll also discover how to assemble multiple stones for picture-making and story-telling.
The Art of Stone Painting: 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity
Thirty fantastic designs transform ordinary stones into colorful works of art with this easy-to-follow guide.
· Step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs will inspire your creativity
· Includes tips for choosing stones and the best craft supplies to spark your designs
· Themes include trees, flowers, animals, mandalas, geometric patterns, holiday motifs, and more
· Brighten your community with a “Kindness Rock” — check it out on Facebook
It’s fun for the whole family!
Kindness Rocks by Sonica Ellis
A cute story about kindness, empathy and love. Kindness Rocks is a touching children’s book about the power of kindness and how small things can inspire, motivate and uplift others in tremendous ways.
Little Clara enjoys painting cute messages on rocks and leaving them for people to read. One day a turtle feeling down and out passes by Clara’s house. Upon seeing the messages on the rocks he is rejuvenated and rushes home to share the messages with his friends.
This is a heartwarming tale that seeks to teach children that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. This easy to read kindness book for children is perfect for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary age group.( ages 2, 3,4, 5, 6, and 7)
Spreading kindness and positivity one painted rock at a time.
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