Arty Crafty Things to do With Rocks

Published: March 21, 2019

Painting on rocks has become somewhat of a crafty rite of passage for many people. After all, rocks are neato and nature is fun to use for art.

But! Sometimes you need a little inspiration; a few ideas for rock art, because maybe you’re like me and freeze up at a blank canvas…

Here are some lovely rock art ideas hand picked by me, especially for you.

A note about image sources: As with every roundup post, I link back to the source where the image is from. If there is no link back, I do some research and try to find it. Sometimes I just can’t find the original resource, so I’ll link to the pin or Tumblr where I found the image. If you have info. on an image source I haven’t found, please let me know so I can give credit where it’s due!

Wrapped Rocks

There is something so beautiful about rocks wrapped in string, cane, wire, or whatever materials you want to wrap around them. What is it? Maybe it enhances the cuteness of rocks, or just accentuates the individual natural shapes.

wrapped rock art ideas

Beautiful wrapped serenity stone.

A selection of all sorts of woven rocks.

wrapped rock art ideas

I didn’t realize cane-wrapping around rocks was a thing until now.

These are adorable, and she has a tutorial on her site for how to make them.

wrapped rock art ideas

Lovely little crocheted rocks – they look like spiderwebs!

I love this knotted rope around the stone.

wrapped rock art

Ooh, how striking grass looks wrapped around this rock!

More ideas for cane-wrapping.

wrapped rocks

So many delicately crocheted stones.

Crocheted rocks by Susanna Bauer

If you want to learn how to make a Mizuhiki wrapped rock, watch the video (keep the sound off if kids are around. LANGUAGE ALERT.) 🙂

Painted Rocks

There are so many cool rock painting ideas out there and I’ve gone through all 200 million of them to show you the very best.

Painted rock art ideas

Nail polish is a great heavy-duty way to paint rocks.

This color scheme is amazing! Painted pebbles by Aud Marso.

Painted rock art

Painted optical illusions on rocks may be the coolest thing ever.

Purple stripes black and white

Painted rocks

These mandala rocks by Margaret Vance are all hand painted, intricate works of beauty.

Okay, so “technically” these may be drawer pulls, but this paint application would also look great on stones.


Painted rocks

Adriana Marcon focuses on realistic painting on rocks.

A must try: Marbleize rocks with nail polish

Painted rock art ideas

I love these black and white painted stones with a glossy surface and cool graphic designs.

It’s hard to tell from the translation, but I think these are painted with more watered down paints.

Supplies for Rock Painting

Sealer spray

for priming and/or finishing the rocks

Acrylic paints – I’ve always had a great experience with these.

Rocks – grey and white

Drawing on Rocks

Drawing is the quickest and easiest way to make art on rocks, and here is a whole lotta inspiration for you.

I love everything on the Bicocacolors blog, these black and white rocks included.

Totally inspired by these rocks on drawn by Yoran Morvant.

Drawing on Rocks

Cool faces on these rocks by itstartswithadot on Instagram.

Such pretty blues on the white rocks.

Drawing on Rocks

White on natural stones is always a good look.

Go totally minimal by drawing a few little bugs traveling across your rocks.

Drawing on Rock ideas

So much great information about drawing on rocks at Color Made Happy.

Japanese-inspired drawing on rocks by Atanata

Supplies For Drawing on Rocks

The Uni-ball Signo pen is my favorite white gel pen – it works great on rocks.

Sakura Moonlight Gelly Roll pens are awesome. You’ll love them.

Posca paint pens are a huge favorite for many people. I cannot believe I haven’t tried them yet. Seriously. Must be living under a rock. HELLO!

Rocks – grey and white

Rock Sculpture and Jewelry

A series of pieces by Giuseppe Randazzo, Stone Fields is all 3d printed to look like hundreds of stones arranged in these circles.

Rock art

Pull an Andy Goldsworthy and make art with a bunch of rocks.

I love the idea of making wall art with little pebbles. (They also sell heart shaped stones here.)

Rock art

Why not just make a bowl from rocks? Cool!

Nicole Ringgold’s river rock jewelry

Rock art ideas

Arrange your rocks into art like Stefano Furlani.

I bet making a rock mobile would be really fun.

Rock Art Ideas For Kids

I had to include some cute crafty and kid-worthy rock ideas here.

Rock art for kids

Great colorful ideas for weaving around rocks.

Draw little fish on rocks! Cute!

Rock art for kids

You can’t get through life without making mermaid rocks. Prettttty.

Definitely paint little rock houses.

Rock art for kids

Bzzzzzzzzzz Bee rocks!

Hoot Hoot Owl rocks!

rock art ideas



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