Saturday, February 9, 2013

Painted Rocks - How To Get Yours Noticed with Specialty Paints

These mystery rocks are attention grabbers thanks to metallic and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint.

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Metallic Craft Paint


Here's how I used the metallic craft paint.

  • First, I painted the stones with gray acrylic paint
  • I then sponged two colors of matte acrylic over the gray
  • Finally, I sponged silver or gold metallic on the stones, allowing the base colors to show through.

Glow-in-the-Dark Acrylic Paint


I used the glow-in-the-dark paint for the eyes peering out from the stones. 

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What's Inside These Mysterious Rocks?

Tips for glow-in-the-dark paint:
  • 2-3 coats are recommended for good coverage and glow
  • Stones need to be exposed to sunlight/indoor light to "charge" the glow
  • The paint will still glow after a sealant is applied
  • Do not confuse glow-in-the-dark paint with Neon

Imagine the attention glowing eyeballs would receive as they peered out of a night garden.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks


  1. Can you put the glow paint on say a ladybug covering the whole rock after it's completed or does it change the original color?

    1. Nancy, the glow paint I used was green and yellow and I think it would change the color of the ladybug if it was applied over it. However, I believe Mod Podge makes a glow-in-the-dark sealer which could be just what you're looking for.