Thursday, July 10, 2014

Painted Rocks: How to Correct Mistakes

Here's how you can fix a mistake made while painting a rock and, believe me, I have made many mistakes.

(Keep in mind these tips work for rocks which have NOT been sealed.)

While the paint is still wet

  • A Q-tip (or corner of a paper towel) moistened with a little clean water can wipe away the paint which ended up where it didn't belong
  • An art tool called a "paint eraser" can also remove errant paint. (This two-sided tool has a chiseled and pointed rubber tip at each end.) I find dipping the tip in a little water is helpful with paint removal
More info about this paint eraser

When the paint has dried

  • Dawn dish detergent on a moistened paper towel magically "erases" dried paint most of the time
  • Sandpaper is useful for scraping off small areas of paint which have strayed onto an unpainted, natural part of the rock
  • Sometimes a combination of a little Dawn dish detergent followed by sanding works best
  • Rubbing alcohol wiped on the dried paint with a q-tip or soft cloth also works 



As a last resort

  • If the mistakes are too numerous or you just don't like how the design is turning out, just cover the rock with white acrylic paint and start something new.

Do you have tips for removing paint from a rock? Please leave a comment and I will try them out.


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  2. i've used the sandpaper and "Goof Off" product to fix paint mistakes. I make sure to wipe/wash the product off really good to avoid any potential reaction with my new paint or sealer.

    1. Thanks so much for the tip about "Goof Off", Lisa. I've never heard of the product but it's on my shopping list so I can try it out. If you've had success with it, I know it will work.

  3. Thanks for your tip!! I painted my first (test) rock tonight. They are black so I painted one white and just tried different methods...dots, squiggles, very pathetic flowers. I quickly realized that (1) I need to use the lighted magnifier I use for jewelry making, (2) at 61 my hands aren't as steady as they used to be, and (3) on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 = zero and 10 = best, my artistic ability is hovering somewhere around -5. LOL! The idea of the graphite paper is great! Can't wait to try it.

    1. Welcome to rock painting, Debra & Mack. The great thing about painting rocks is you can easily start over if you don't like the results. In addition, your "canvas" is inexpensive and many times free. I have a magnifier which I have yet to master so you're a step ahead of me on that one. Graphite transfer paper has been a very helpful product at times. As a matter of fact, I just used it for a Southwestern Indian design I just painted on a rock. The design was circular and I didn't feel confident in making an accurate circle, so I traced it! Have fun and keep experimenting and practicing.

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