Rock Painting Supplies
There are so many things you will see online when you begin painting rocks. The supply list can seem overwhelming, but don’t worry we are here to help you out!
Some people opt to start with a rock painting kit. Which is fine if you are just testing the waters. But if you want to really get into the hobby, you will want to grab these supplies.
You won’t need much to get started, and there is always more you can get as you continue this fun hobby! Here are the rock painting supplies that we recommend!
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1. Where to get rocks to paint
The first thing you need is of course rocks! Usually, I buy my rocks in bulk. But sometimes I want to buy a perfect rock.
Some people enjoy making rocks to paint. Yep. It’s a thing!
Once you have your rocks, make sure that they are ready to paint with these tips for prepping rocks.
2. Pens and Markers for painting on rocks
Personally, I think Posca Paint Pens are great for beginners. It’s actually one of my favorite rock painting supplies because of how easy they are to work with and how forgiving they are. Artistro is a good brand of pens as well.
There are lots of different packs to choose from and if you go this route you can move right onto a sealer.
If you just want to get all the amazing pens in one purchase, grab this multipack! It has loads of colors and all the sizes that I use. They also come in fun styles like glitter and pastel.
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You might find you want to create outlines or small details on your rocks. This kind of precision can be a lot easier with a fine tip pen. For this, I recommend Micron PN pens. You can grab a pack with lots of different sizes to cover all your needs. They are perfect for Zentangle, Zendangle, and Mandala style rocks.
Get a pack of Micron PN pens here!
R101 Tip: Do Not press hard with these Micron pens or the tips will wear down over time.
3. What kind of paint do you use for stone painting?
If you prefer to paint your rock with paint and a brush, you’ll want to grab some acrylic paints. Prices can range all over, but you will want to spend a little to get good coverage on your rocks. The difference in price will make a big difference in the number of coats you will have to use.
For painting on rocks, I would start with a basic pack filled with fun colors. Over time you are sure to buy a few different bands and special colors, but to start out I recomend a muliti pack from DecoArt or Apple Barrel.
When it comes to thicker paint, which I like to use when I paint a base coat on all sides of my rocks, I choose Arteza brand paints. They are more expensive than some store brands, but they are worth the money. You can grab Arteza brand paints here:
4. Brushes and Painting Supplies
You will need to get yourself a set of brushes. Nothing fancy is necessary when your just getting started. Look for a set that has a larger square edge tip to color big spaces, at least one medium size, and a few smaller tips. Over your first few batches of rocks, you will learn which brushes are your favorites, you may even begin to alter them… but we will touch on that later. As far as pallets go, you can start saving butter tub lids, use an old plate that’s near and dear to your heart, or buy some plastic pallets.
5. Sealers for Painted Rocks
This is the rock painting supply that people ask about the most. If you plan to hide your rocks in the elements, or even begin to sell them in the future, you are going to want to seal your rocks. There are a few brush-on sealers, but I personally prefer a spray on.
Check out my favorite brands and types of sealers for painted rocks.
Either way, make sure it says weather resistant and non-yellowing. You will also need to decide on your finish. Matte, gloss, or satin.
If you’re looking for some fun rock painting inspiration. Check out these amazing 10 books that will get your creative juices flowing!
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