Loosing a pet is always hard. Painting a memorial stone is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a lost pet.

memorial rock painting design

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Roxie was our girl, one of the family. Quite a few people reached out to express their condolences when she passed. The rainbow bridge poem, which inspired this rock painting idea, was sent to me numerous times. Whether you are making this memorial stone for a pet you have lost or for a friend this rainbow bridge design will definitely be treasured for years to come.

Pet Memorial Rock Painting idea

Memorial Stone Supplies

Since this was something special I used a larger Santorini style stone. They are beautiful white and flat stones, great for special projects like this. You will need rainbow colored paints and black. For the lettering I used my Posca PC-MR paint pen. To seal these I will use a spray on clear coat.

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Painting a Rainbow Bridge Memorial Rock Step-by-Step

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

Before you start make sure the width of your paint brush can be placed 6 times across your stone. Then place a stripe of each color. I started with the center colors first then worked my way out. Use wispy strokes at the edge so they fade into the stone. Next, draw on your paw print with pencil. You can practice the size and shape on paper first.

Memorial Stone for a Pet Step by Step

Using your black paint fill in your paw print. Add on your name and date. Let this dry completely before sealing your stone. If you need more tips on how to create a good dog paw shape I break it down in the video below. If you are looking for a different paw, a cat for example, you I suggest searching for the paw print and practicing a few times before you get started. My first attempt looked a bit like a bear paw…

Pet Memorial Stone Painting Video Tutorial

Watch me paint this from start to finish in the video below!

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Memorial Stone rock painting tutorial