In today’s tutorial we are teaching you how to paint dragonfly rocks. This tutorial is perfect for the rock painting beginner and features a beautiful color shift paint from Naturalis Paint that really makes these dragonflies sparkle!
How to make dragonfly rocks
To be completely honest I’m not sure why I hadn’t done a dragonfly tutorial yet! I have thought about it before but never seemed to get around to it.
Now I am happy that I waited because having this amazing, color-changing paint really takes this dragonfly design to the next level!
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Supplies for creating a color-changing dragonfly
On this fun bug rock, I used the suitably named Dragon Fly Wing Red Blue Paint from Naturalis Paint. This water-based paint has an amazing color-changing effect that transitions from red to blue.
Make sure to watch the video, at the end of this post, to see this color-changing paint in action! It’s a beautiful effect.
I also used some black paint, dotting tools, and an altered liner brush.
How to paint a dragonfly
Start by placing a large black dot on your stone. This is going to be the main place that your wings will build off of. I dotted this spot multiple times to build up the paint a bit. This will help with walking your dots later.
Next, with more paint on your dotting tool, dot your first dot again, then do a few more down your rock. Each dot will get a little bit smaller each time.
With more paint on your tool repeat the process of dotting down the body until you get your dragonfly as long as you like.
Now go back to the first dot and do 2 more up, to complete your body. For all of these dots, I used the same sized dotting tool. Your dots will naturally get smaller as you leave your paint on the rock.
Now to start on the wings. From the center of your largest dot create a line going out to the side of your rock.
Create a wing above and below this line. Then repeat on the other side, for the second set of wings.
Add in a bit of veining inside of the wings.
Repeat on the other side. If you need to fix any lines just make sure to repeat on the opposite side to make them look cohesive.
Allow your rock to dry! Then come back with your Dragon Fly Wing paint and fill in the wings. This will be slightly translucent and perfect to paint beautiful dragonfly wings!
Next, using a slightly smaller dotting tool, add dots of paint on top of each part of the body. Leaving a small outline of black behind.
Getting down eye level to the rock will help you see how large the dot is getting as you apply the paint. Check out more tips for perfecting the dotting process.
Last you can add some extra designs around your dragonfly to fill up the remaining space if needed.
Let it dry and then enjoy your beautiful dragonfly!
Sealing your painted rock
How to paint a dragonfly onto rocks!