If you use rock painting as a way of spread random acts of kindness then you are bound to create some word rocks! Word rocks are perfect for leaving around town and can change someones day, week, month, or more!
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- What to paint on word rocks – 30 word rock ideas
- Supplies for word rocks
- Tips for your basic hand writing
- Tips for hand-lettering
- Base coating ideas for word rocks
- How to seal your word rocks
- Word rock inspiration
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30 Word Rock Ideas
Here are a few tips for picking what to put on your word rocks. First, keep it positive! You never know who will stumble upon your word rocks. I like neutral happy words. Next, if you’re a beginner, keep it short. This makes it easier to get it all on the stone. Last, make it family friendly. You never know if your rock will be found by a 5 year old, 95 year old, make it something appropriate for anyone that stumbles upon it.
There are obviously ENDLESS things you can write on rocks! These are just some of my favorites to get you inspired:
- You Matter
- You Rock
- Be You
- Give Thanks
- Choose Happiness
- Shine Bright
- Be the Light
- Be Brave
- Be Bold
- Spread Kindness
- Enjoy Life
- Chin Up
- Be Happy
- Be Unique
- You Are Special
- Good Vibes Only
- You Can Do It!
Supplies for Word Rocks
As with all rock painting there are quite a few different supplies you can choose from when creating your word rocks. We will talk base coats later, for now I’m just going to share things to create the actual words. I love to use paint pens and gel pens for writing on rocks. It is much easier than using a brush and paint. You have much more control. Make sure what you are using can be sealed without running before creating a masterpiece. The best way to know is to create a tester rocks. Different paints and sealers can react differently.
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Getting Started with Word Rocks
Posts and Tutorials to help you with your word rocks!
Tips for your Basic Hand Writing
If you have just started creating word rocks you might be intimidated by all the beautiful hand-lettering artists out there. The truth is you can make wonderful word rocks without it! Here are some word rock styles and spacing tutorials for you.
If you just want to learn a couple ways to take your basic handwriting up a notch, this is a perfect place to start! Excellent for beginners!!
Don't want to worry about the actual letters? Bring in a simple design around your word to make a fun word rock!
Stick with simple letters and let the color make them beautiful with this simple paint pen blending hack!
This simple 3D effect is fun to add to your rocks!
Do your words tend to spill over the edge when you write? This tutorial is a wonderful hack to help you with your spacing for your word rocks!
Tips for Hand-Lettering
If you want to start hand-lettering rocks, but just aren't sure where to start we have some great tips for you! Like most artistic things practice makes perfect (or at least improvement). Lettering sheets are very helpful. I have used this set of practice sheets you can print them off over and over again! There are loads in her shop to peek at!
This is the perfect post to get you started! With the basics of starting on a hand lettering style of word rocks!
If you just can't get it.... or need a bit of help. Carbon paper could be the ticket until you get into your hand lettering groove!
Once you start to get it down you can play around with blending colors as well!
Another great way to add lettering is using Vinyl!
Base Coating Ideas for Word Rocks
If you are making word rocks you can go right onto the stone or you can write on top of a fun base coat. Check out these fun base coat ideas to prep your rock before you start painting!
You can make any writing sing with a fun base coat too! There are so many ways to do it!
How to Seal your Word Rocks
Your word rocks are complete... well almost! You want to protect those beauties while they wait for their finder. Just like everything else you have options. There are spray on sealers, brush on sealers, and even resin sealers. It really depends on the finish you want to give your rocks.
There are lots of dos... and even more don'ts. Check out our best tips for sealing your word rocks!
There are loads of sealers out there! In this post we will talk about lots of spray on options and using resin on your rocks!
Word Rock Inspiration
There are so many other styles you can try to make fun and inspiring word rocks to leave around town or give as gifts. This might be the hardest part... picking what to do first! Scroll through and find some inspiration. Each image is linked to the tutorial. Happy Painting!!
This tutorial gives you the fun base coat and some word rock designing inspiration!
Give your words a graffiti inspired look following this fun tutorial!
Bubble letters are always a fun way to spread some kindness!
Create a single word with a single line! These are really fun to make!
Mosaic Word Rocks
Break apart your design to make this pretty mosaic style word rock!
Another cool base coat and lettering layout ideas!
Create a ribbon with your word or words of choice!
Pin this rock painting idea to your favorite Pinterest board!
I hope this has gotten you exited and inspired to create some fun new word rocks to spread some joy!! Take a minute and pin it to share and save for later!