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There are so many fun ways to paint rocks. One of my favorite rock painting techniques is to cover the entire rock with a painted rock design. For this camper painted rock tutorial I used paint pens as they are easy to control and work with for a detailed rock painting design. Below I put the exact materials and the step-by-step directions.
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- Paint Pens – The Tooli-Art brand of acrylic paint pens is new to me and I bought them after seeing other rock artists use them. I really like the color selection and the flow of the paint was very smooth. I highly recommend these paint markers. The only difficulty is the initial priming of each pen but you have to do that no matter which paint pens you purchase.
- Black fine liner pen – These very fine tip pens are great for outlining details on rocks.
- Silver metallic paint pen
- Rock – If you can’t find any outside, there are a ton of options online. I used these lighter colored rocks so I didn’t have to paint them white first for the colors to show up bright.
- Sealant (optional) – I like this option for a glossy finish and this sealant for a matte finish.
- I always start by outlining my design on the rock with a pencil. It creates a good guide for coloring in the finished design.
- I first fill in the main parts of the design using paint pens.
- Then I add details using metallic paint pens and a black fine liner pen.
- Once the main design is completed I look to see what additional details I can add or leave as is. The hardest part is sometimes just stopping before it gets too complicated and over detailed.
If you are looking for more fun painted rock tutorials and designs, check out my book, The Rock Art Handbook.