Painted Rocks

Painted rocks

Today we welcome a guest blogger! Jennifer works for our sister company Knit Picks, but also enjoys painting and other crafty endeavors. Jennifer recently spent some time rock painting, and when she showed us her finished projects we knew we had to share her adventure with our Clubhouse members. We hope you enjoy her work!

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In the past, painting on rocks was a very niche hobby, limited to novelty gifts and garden art. However, today there’s a growing trend spreading throughout communities: painting, hiding, and hunting for painted rocks. Some call it “Kindness Rocks!” or “Love Rocks!”, but the sentiment is virtually the same in every group: to spread kindness and joy one colorful rock at a time. Here where I live in Vancouver, WA, there is a Facebook group called Vancouver Rocks, with thousands of members of all skill levels. Some members paint and hide hundreds of rocks at a time, some are families who spend time together in local parks hunting for rocks, and other members enjoy finding and re-hiding rocks… they’re people of every age, background, and painting skill who have one goal: to bring and find joy with rock painting. I have always loved the idea of Random Acts of Kindness, so this new rock painting trend inspired me. I spent a crafty weekend recently with two girlfriends, and we created our own painted rocks for hiding.

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My nine year old son even got in on the action!

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Love these little ladybugs and bees – the perfect size for hiding!

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Simple mandalas created with a pencil eraser, brush handles, and a stylus to make dots. So easy!

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This rock begged to be a watermelon slice.

As you can see, I’m far from a professional painter like the designers at Artist’s Club. But that’s the beauty of the Kindness Rocks movement. You don’t have to be skilled or have fancy supplies. All you need is a bit of paint and the desire to spread a little joy to those around you. The technique is pretty simple:

1. Find smooth (but not shiny) rocks. I bought mine at a home improvement store in the fountain-making department, and some I found in my yard.

2. Wash rocks, lightly scrubbing to remove any dirt and debris. Allow to dry thoroughly. It’s best to do this the day before painting to make sure your rock is completely dry.

3. Seal rocks with a coat of waterproof outdoor sealer. I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finisher in Matte.

4. Paint with your favorite acrylic paint. I had DecoArt Americana and Ceramcoat in my stash, so that’s what I used.

5. Varnish with several coats of waterproof outdoor varnish. I like a satin finish, so I used DuraClear Varnish.

You can detailed instructions for preparing, painting, and sealing your rocks – as well as over 30 designs to paint in our new book The Art of Stone Painting.

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I hope you’re inspired to spread a little kindness! Happy painting!


Categories - Finished Projects, Inspiration, Painting, Staff Projects


  • Jean wrote on 09/14/2017 5:07 pm

    What fun. They sell good to children at festivals. Thank you for sharing.

  • Hillary Duysen wrote on 08/01/2017 1:54 pm

    That would be a sweet surprise for your community, Susan!

  • Susan Allen wrote on 07/31/2017 5:31 pm

    Rocks are so much fun to paint! I used to teach little ones to swim and they never really wanted to put their faces in the water. When I showed them all the cool things on the bottom of the pool they didn’t even think about their little faces! I can do it around my small neighborhood out here in the country. Every one walks or runs, so I just have to put them out for the finding. Such a great way to put a smile on someones face. Thanks for sharing

  • Hillary Duysen wrote on 07/10/2017 6:42 am

    Thank you, Mary! We agree! It is a great trend and we hope that it stays around and spreads joy 🙂

  • Mary Reitan wrote on 07/08/2017 7:04 am

    Love this article, love the idea behind kindness rocks and love that Jennifer wrote about our painting adventure. I’ve hidden dozens of these rocks and can always imagine the smile that it brings to the person finding it. The world really DOES need more kindness…one rock at a time!

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