How to paint tie-dye rocks. I have tried… a few times actually and was never quite happy with the results. Then I saw one. This beautifully done tie-dye stone in one of the many Facebook groups I was in. So I instantly reached out and asked for a tutorial. Lucky for all of us, She said, “yes”.
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Today’s guest post is from Stephanie of Stef’s Stones. Stephanie has been painting rocks for about 3 years now and does all sorts of things with them. When I asked what she does with all of her stones she had quite a few ways of getting them out into the world. She leaves them for others to find & she keeps a few favorites. She sells some & does commissioned pieces in her Etsy shop. She also told me she has even used them to barter for all sorts of things, even chickens once!
Supplies for Painting Alcohol Ink Tie-Dye Rocks
Onto these amazing tie-dye rocks. As you can see these are beautiful!! There are a few supplies you will need to get yourself started.
- Sanotorini stones. Washed, Dried, NO base coat.
- Alcohol Inks. Colors that can blend pretty together.
- Alcohol Blending Solution or 91% Isopropyl alcohol.
- Liner Brushes. One per color so you don’t muddy up your inks.
- Blending Pen.
- Pallet for paints. A slot for each color.
Step by step instructions for Painting Tie Dye Rocks
Start with your lightest color and add small wispy strokes around the outside of your rock. Don’t use too much paint. Making sure your blending brush is damp with your alcohol blending solution (or isopropyl alcohol) go along the top of your first color. Do not squeeze your blending brush at this point. Blend out the harsh lines, but allow some white to remain on your rock if you can. Dab off any color that may have gotten onto your blending brush. Repeat with your second color. Use a clean brush to add on your ink. Then follow with your blending blending brush. You then can go back in add add more heavily saturated spots. Play around with this part. You can go back to your first color again to add brighter spots. Just keep the stroke light and work slow to add layers.
When working on your center color make sure to leave space white in the center. The blending solutions will pull some of your final color into the middle naturally. Then repeat previous steps!
Play around with the design until you like it! This stone is dried and top left in the image below.So Beautiful!! We are so happy that Stephanie was able to create this tutorial for us. She creates even more fun designs. See them below after the video!
How to paint a Tie-Dye Stones video tutorial!