The pictures of my rock doodles are some of my most popular pictures on my Instagram page. The first question I get asked is where do I find such smooth rocks? I’m lucky enough to live near a beach filled with them, but if you’re having trouble finding your own, I suggest visiting your local garden center and seeing if they sell river rocks. Once you have your rocks, it’s time to get supplies. Below is a list of my favorites. (This post contains affiliate links)
For clean, white designs, my favorite pen to use is this uni-ball signo gel pen.
For younger children, I really like these neon liquid chalk pens by OOLY. You can also use them on glass, chalkboards and other surfaces. The chunky tip makes drawing designs and letters easy for kids.
Sealing Your Rocks
When it comes to sealing your finished doodle rocks, my favorite sealant is this matte clear finish. I always use matte because I like to maintain the natural stone appearance as much as I can. When I use acrylic paint I typically seal with mod podge, but when I use the pens listed in this guide I always seal with a spray so that the designs don’t get smeared (I’ve learned from personal experience).
Remember, there’s no wrong way to doodle on rocks. If you’re unsure of what you want to do for your design, sketch it out on paper first. But really, the best way to create fun, unique designs is to just start drawing.
If you get a chance, head over to my Instagram page and let me know what you think about the guide. Next in the works is a guide for painting on rocks. I’ll announce it on my Instagram page when it’s finished.