These monochromatic mountains are fun to paint! All you need is one color of acrylic paint and you are set! Check out this fun rock painting idea to try on your next batch of rocks.

monochromati mountain acrylic painting tutorial

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Acrylic paint is water-based so you can add some water to thin it out to leave an almost watercolor effect. Using this technique you can layer your colors to create all sorts of designs! Today we are using it for these fun painted mountains.

easy moutain design painting monochromatic with acrylic paint

Supplies for Painted Mountain Rocks

Grab whatever color of acrylic paint you want. The lighter colors are harder to work with, like yellow, because they don’t show up as well on a white backdrop. I used my white rock slices from Hobby Lobby for these. You will want a square edged brush. This helps get nice crisp mountain peaks. If you want to add lettering at the end an extra fine tip paint pen or a white gel pen works great! I am using the uni-ball Signo in the video.

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How to Paint Monochromatic Mountains Step-by-Step

Below you will find step by step images on how to create this design. There is a full video tutorial after if you are looking for more details or tips!

Start by adding water to the edge of your acrylic paint. You want it to look like watercolors when added to your stone. Cover the whole stone with your base color.

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Use a hair blow dryer or your patience to let that layer dry completely. Next, with a bit more color into your watered down paint, add the back layer of mountains. Use a square tipped brush to get nice crisp lines. This should only be a little bit darker than your base coat.

Dry again and repeat. Slowly add in more of your acrylic color to layer the mountains. The color will get darker and darker each layer. Don’t let your peaks go past the previous colors or the color will show through lighter.

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Dry between each layer, you can make as many layers as you like. Finish with a layer of your solid true color. This layer you can take up onto your design because you can add a second coat if needed. You can add a word or words to your stone on the front mountains once it is dry.

monochromatic mountain rocks
  • If you are using this tutorial to paint a rock, make sure to seal your painted rocks before putting them out into the world!

Acrylic Painted Mountains Video Tutorial

Watch me paint these monochromatic mountains step by step in the video below!

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