The following list includes many of my rock painting favorites. These are not the only arts & crafts supplies that rock painters can use, but are they are all supplies I have used personally to paint rocks and a good place to start.
First step, you need rocks! I head to the beach and select a few pounds of smooth rocks. I only go to places with thousands of ocean rocks and I never collect river rocks, which are often critical to the local environment and removing them could be harmful.
Do not collect rocks from National or State parks including the Cape Cod National Seashore (it is actually illegal).
Here are two photos of the same beach at different times – one time it was hard to find rocks that were not too big, the other time there were fewer rocks and they were mostly small. Every visit to the beach is different which is part of the fun!
From Cape Cod Times; “the National Forest system allows rock hobbyists to collect up to 10 pounds of “widespread, low-value” common minerals and stones, such as common quartz crystals, agate and obsidian for noncommercial use.“
If you don’t live near a natural source of rocks, you can order some online or sometimes they can be purchased at a local garden center. Here is an Amazon affiliate link for The Kindness Rocks Project supply page which includes some recommendations for painting rocks!
I wash my rocks with liquid dishwashing soap, scrub them with an old toothbrush, then rinse. I make sure to let the rocks air dry for a couple days. Next, I honestly let the rocks guide my next step. Some I color with watercolor paint then seal with matte ModPodge sealer. Some I seal first to create a smoother surface for writing inspiring words. Lots of people like to completely paint the rock with solid acrylic paint before they start to decorate them. There is no wrong way to create your own, unique art project! I like to read about topics first before I dive in, so I visited some websites and watched some YouTube Videos. Here are a few links to get you started!
Once I decorate and add an inspiring word or phrase, I hashtag the back side with my own unique tag #goodrocklove and #tkrp (because I write too large to fit #TheKindnessRockProject on mine) to help raise awareness about this international effort to spread kindness, one rock at a time!
After I hashtag the back side I seal it and the sides with one coat of DuraClear Gloss Varnish (I like using a soft brush better than a foam brush but that’s just my personal preference). Dry over night. Then I seal the top side. I really like the tops shiny, so I sometimes put a second coat but I always dry completely over night before adding a second coat. I like the DuraClear because it does not dry with a tacky feeling at all. Most of my rocks are donated to Smilow Rocks, a #tkrpambassador project at my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital.
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