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Painted rocks have been a popular craft for kids the past few years, but we happen to think they’re great for grownups too! Depending on the size and shape of the rocks you find or purchase, you can use them as coasters, pretty accents in your home, or even garden decorations! Color Made Happy will give you some fun inspiration for painting rocks with bright colors and doodle designs, sealed to perfection with Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer. (You’ll want to keep your rock creations from fading and chipping, whether you have them on your coffee table or in your garden!)
- Santorini stones
- Paint palette
Before getting started on painting your rocks, wipe them down to make sure there isn’t any dust on them. If you aren’t feeling confident about getting straight to painting your designs, you can also use a pencil to lightly sketch them onto your rocks first.
Prep your paint markers according to instructions, then use them to start doodling the base elements of your designs on the rocks. You can create specific designs and patterns, or just have fun and experiment with abstract/organic shapes.
Accent your doodle designs using a small liner brush and acrylic paint. You can add details to the designs themselves, and/or fill in spaces between designs with extra details.
Once you’re finished painting the rocks, let them dry completely. Don’t forget to seal them! Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealers dry with a clear, durable and weatherproof finish, so you’ll definitely want to use a sealer to protect your rocks before putting them on display – especially outdoors. Follow instructions when using the Acrylic Spray Sealer, applying several light coats instead of one heavy coat to prevent drips and pooling.
If you prefer for your rocks to have a super shiny finish like shown here, opt for the Gloss Sealer.
If you want less dramatic shine and a subtle sheen, go with the Matte Sealer instead!
Color Made Happy “rocked” this project, don’t you think?! Feeling inspired to make your own set of painted rocks? Don’t forget to seal them – and don’t forget to share with us on social @aleenesdiy!