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.
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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.
Beautiful wrapped serenity stone.
A selection of all sorts of woven rocks.
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.
Lovely little crocheted rocks – they look like spiderwebs!
I love this knotted rope around the stone.
Ooh, how striking grass looks wrapped around this rock!
More ideas for cane-wrapping.
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.) 🙂
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.
Nail polish is a great heavy-duty way to paint rocks.
This color scheme is amazing! Painted pebbles by Aud Marso.
Painted optical illusions on rocks may be the coolest thing ever.
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.
Adriana Marcon focuses on realistic painting on rocks.
A must try: Marbleize rocks with nail polish
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.
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.
Cool faces on these rocks by itstartswithadot on Instagram.
Such pretty blues on the white rocks.
White on natural stones is always a good look.
Go totally minimal by drawing a few little bugs traveling across your rocks.
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!
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.
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.)
Why not just make a bowl from rocks? Cool!
Nicole Ringgold’s river rock jewelry
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.
Great colorful ideas for weaving around rocks.
Draw little fish on rocks! Cute!
You can’t get through life without making mermaid rocks. Prettttty.
Definitely paint little rock houses.
Bzzzzzzzzzz Bee rocks!
Hoot Hoot Owl rocks!