Rock painting. Have you ever wondered what all the fuss was about? Maybe you’ve never even heard of it. If not, that’s okay because I’m going to tell you all about it. In some cities and towns, there are groups of people who paint rocks and then hide them at numerous locations hoping someone will find them. It’s up to the rock finder to either keep or re-hide their new rock and whether or not to post a picture of it on any facebook page associated with the rock. There is no right or wrong thing to do when it comes to rock painting (just follow the rule in paragraph 3). It’s all about painting and hiding rocks so that others can enjoy your creation.
My daughters and I started painting rocks about two years ago. We scrounged up a couple of rocks here at the house that worked well as canvases for our creations. But pretty soon we realized we needed to up our rock game so we headed to our local garden center to check out their rock selection. I find that round smooth rocks about 2 – 4 inches in size work best but really any kind will do. We chose a bag of small to medium-sized river rocks.
Now, I do admit that rocks aren’t cheap. At least not as cheap as I’d want them to be so that did affect our buying decision. Something I’ve seen mentioned on rock painting Facebook groups is to purchase from local quarries or stone companies. Here you can typically choose your own rocks and they’re pretty inexpensive, although I’ve not done this myself. How ever you choose to get your rocks, it’s not okay to take them from private property! That includes homes, businesses, and other establishments. You should also not take them from public lands such as parks and landmarks. This is a fun, happy hobby, not one that lands you in jail so just don’t steal rocks. Okay? Okay.
The bagged rocks we bought were pretty dusty so I recommend washing your rocks before you paint them. Allow them to dry completely before painting. Some people prime their rocks before they paint them but I do not. It’s really personal preference. The only time it’s absolutely necessary is if your paint is not adhering to the rock’s surface. In that case feel free to use either a spray or brush-on primer.
There are lots of different paints to use on your rocks. I use regular acrylic craft paint (Americana®, Folk Art® and Apple Barrel® are a few of my favorites) that you can find at any craft store. You can use multi-surface waterproof paints, too. I actually prefer to use these on surfaces other than rocks but that’s just my preference. And paint pens are becoming hugely popular with rock painters! You will spray or brush a sealer over whatever paint you choose which is why it’s best to experiment with different types to find your favorite. I use Sharpie on some of my rocks but be careful when sealing as I’ve had some run (probably because the hubs sprayed too close to the rock, though). I recommend a waterproof sealer because you don’t want rain to wash away all your hard work.
You can paint anything on your rocks but I love finding inspirational words, cute animals or even holiday specific themed rocks. Really, you just need to paint what you love. My mother-in-law loves roosters and painted a ton of rooster themed rocks! I want my rocks to put a smile on the face of the people who find them. And that’s what this whole rock painting thing is about. Taking the awesome rock you took the time to paint, hiding it in plain sight or not, somewhere to be found and allowing the finder to take it home with them. It really does put a smile on your face when you find one as corny as that sounds.
Don’t forget to mark your rocks. I belong to a couple of Facebook rock groups in my area so I write the name of one on each rock to let the finder know they can post a pic of it there. They don’t have to do that but it’s fun to see your rock show up on there! As a matter of fact, some people choose to rehide their rocks right away so most likely you’ll never see your rock again. What’s neat is seeing how some of the rocks travel! I’ve seen rocks in one group hundreds of miles away and even one that made it to another continent!
So are you going to give it a try? I challenge you to paint three rocks. Hide them somewhere that people can find them and see how it makes you feel. It may just brighten up your day as well as someone else’s.