Things You Will Need
- Wood filler (optional)
- Paintbrushes with synthetic bristles
- Acrylic paints
- Spray varnish
Painting on stones is a quaint art form, utilizing the many shapes and sizes of natural stones to create all kinds of pictures, from pet portraits to cartoon caricatures. Animals are a favorite subject for painting on stones, especially for use in the garden.
Painted stones can not only be for decoration outdoors, but as paperweights, door stoppers or simply table-top decorations. Acrylic paints are the ideal medium for use with stones, as they dry quickly and are very durable.
- Soak the stones you want to paint in warm, soapy water, then scrub them with the scourer to remove any traces of dirt. Let dry for one day.
- Fill any depressions or smooth over any bumps with wood filler if desired. Or leave the natural stone surface to add character to your artwork. Let dry.
- Paint the entire stone with gesso. Let dry.
- Sketch the picture you want to paint onto the rock with a pencil. If the picture is of something furry, you can use gesso with a large bristled brush, applying it in the direction of the fur, and making the bristles of the brush leave furrows in the paint to add a furry texture underneath your painting. Let dry.
- Paint over the outline of your picture with a dark color. Use a color in the color scheme of your painting—if you are painting a frog, then a dark green; if you are painting a blue flower, then a dark blue or purple, for example.
- Paint on the medium colors in your painting, filling the entire stone surface with color. If you are painting something like a frog or lemon that has textured skin, lay a very thick layer of paint on the part needing texture. As the paint starts to dry, a skin will form on it. Press the ends of a hard-bristled brush lightly into the paint skin, making small, textured depressions. Let dry.
- Paint on the lighter, highlight colors. Use a smaller, fine-tipped brush for the highlights, adding depth and dimension to your stone art. Let dry.
- Spray the stone with the spray varnish, shaking the can vigorously beforehand and holding it around 6 inches from the stone as you spray. Let dry, then repeat once if the stone is intended for indoor use, two more times for outdoor use.