How to Make Galaxy Painted Rocks

How to make galaxy painted rocks

If you If don’t already know I LOVE painting rocks. I post my painted rocks all the time on my Instagram page. I’ve been doodling and painting on stones for years, and I used to sell my rocks on Etsy. But now my favorite thing to do is share rock painting tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the years to others. I think you’re going to love this fun painted rock idea.

Lately, I’ve been obsessing over pretty galaxy art, and I thought it would be fun to take that same concept and apply it to painted stones. I have to say that although it may look complicated, this is one of the easier rock painting DIYs I’ve tried. You don’t have to be super artistic to achieve a beautiful painted rock. You can make your own galaxy painted rocks with just a few simple steps and supplies.

How to make galaxy painted rocks

SUPPLIES (affiliate links are provided for your convenience):

  • Rocks – I find my rocks outside but you can also find them at Home Depot or Lowe’s in the gardening section, at your local landscape store or you can even purchase rocks on Amazon here.
  • Acrylic Paint – I always turn to Martha Stewart acrylic paints for my painted rocks. The paint consistency is much thicker, the colors are brighter and the paint is easier to apply than other acrylic brands I’ve tried.
  • White Acrylic Ink (optional) – I LOVE this acrylic ink for creating stars. You can also create the stars using regular white acrylic paint but the ink is AMAZING…I promise!!
  • Round Foam Brush or sponge – I found that using round foam brushes worked better than a sponge. It’s nice to have foam brushes of varying sizes especially if you are working with different sized rocks.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpicks (optional)
  • Sealant – I seal most of my rocks using this spray sealant in matte or glossy. Another way to seal is to use a thin layer of mod podge in matte or glossy finish applied with a foam brush, however I don’t recommend mod podge if you are using paint pens or other markers or placing your rocks outside. Mod Podge works best only when using acrylic paint and keeping your rocks indoors.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cover your entire rock with black acrylic paint or if you prefer just paint a black silhouette design. Let dry completely before the next step to prevent muddy colors. Best paint for making painted rocks
  2. Using your foam brush, pick a color from your paint palette and lightly sponge it onto the rock. I chose a darker blue to begin with. How to make galaxy painted stones
  3. Next choose a lighter version of your first color and sponge next to the darker color.
  4. Add a few other colors and keep sponging to help blend the colors but be sure to leave a few darker black areas. If you cover up to much of the black you can always go back and sponge more back in. Or maybe your galaxy is super colorful…there’s really no right or wrong way to paint your rock. How to make galaxy painted rocks
  5. Add stars by applying a small amount of white acrylic ink or regular white acrylic paint to a tooth brush. Keep the bristles pointed away from you (you want them facing the rock), and run you finger up the bristles, gently flicking the paint onto your rock. How to add stars to galaxy painted rocks
  6. Once you have the amount of stars you like, you can add in large ones using a toothpick or small round paint brush. You can also add other fun details like a moon, planets or even constellations! How to make galaxy painted rocks
  7. Once your rocks are painted to your liking, seal them with a sealant option listed above under supplies.How to make galaxy painted rocks

Hope you’re as excited about these galaxy stones as I am. I’d love to see what you come up with. Feel free to post a picture on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram.

Want more rock painting ideas? Check out my other painted rock DIY posts:

-Tips and Tools for Drawing on Rocks

-Four Creative Rock Painting Ideas and Supplies 

Happy Crafting!

Sam

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20 thoughts on “How to Make Galaxy Painted Rocks”

  1. Love. These! May I share your tutorial with my small local group? We hide rocks in the parks for kids (and adults) to find! Many of the gals are brand new to rock painting!

  2. Are you part of any rock painting groups on FB? My local group (Vancouver Rocks! SW Washington) has almost 40,000 members and have been painting, hiding, finding, collecting and trading rocks for over a year now. You can search FB for a local group near you! Usually it’s just the city + rocks. I like your galaxy ones!

    1. Wow…amazing how big your group is!! I have a local friend who runs a group and it’s amazing how much joy she spreads through the community! Keep rockin!!

  3. Great idea!! Made my first one today and it turned out stunning even for me! lol I am artisticly challengrd!

  4. As soon as I saw your instructions, I headed right to my craft room and made three of them. Everyone loved them, plan to make more and hand out during Planetarium Night at our local science center. Thanks so much!

  5. Here in South Lyon, Michigan we are starting a new face book for the younger people in our area. It was just brought up today and I think no matter what age a child would be able to make these beautiful rocks.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve actually been receiving pictures the last few days of people who have tried this and the age range in large. Everyone is loving the process!

    1. Hi Robyn – I actually just used a pencil to draw the outline than filled it in with paint. No masking involved. Because I used small foam brushes I was able to paint inside the design with no problems.

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