I love creating broken rock illusions! This be the light rock is a great way to work on shading using your paint pens.

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I have a few other broken rock designs on the site. We have a heart design, New Years design, and a fun broken rainbow rock! Once you see how to create the design you can create endless broken rock illusions!

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Supplies to Paint a Broken Rock Design

For this stone you can use a lot of basic paints. Pick any colors you want for the middle. You will also be working with a bit of white to place under the color and to create a highlight. For this you will need a brush and a sponge. For the outline and shading you will need a black 1M (extra fine tip) paint pen. Make sure your paint pen is water-based.

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How to Paint a Broken Rock Illusion 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 making a jagged outline for where your rock has broken. Make sharp points and edges where you can create lines outward in Y and V shapes. I filled my rock with white first, followed by yellow. Next, while the yellow is still wet dab a small amount of white in the center with a makeup sponge. The sponge will pick up a bit of the yellow to give you a nice lighter shade for the center.

be the light broken rock step by step

Once you yellow is completely dry you can start shading with your paint pen. Using a damp paint brush alternate between creating a fresh wet dotted line with your paint pen and your paint brush. Slowly blending that shadow in from the outer edge. Add on your words and your broken rock illusion is finished!

  • If you are using this tutorial to paint a rock, make sure to seal your painted rocks before putting them out into the world!
shading with paint pens to create a broken rock illusion

Watch the Full Be the Light Rock Painting Tutorial

Need to see the full process? Watch this video tutorial!

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