Thursday, July 24, 2014

5 Specialty Acrylics for Painted Rocks

Rock painting can be taken to a whole new level when you use specialty acrylic paints.

Here's how I used five, different types of specialty acrylics on my painted rocks.

Glitter paint

These little pots of glitter paint are perfect for Christmas-themed painted rocks. I used them to add sparkle to the puff ball and trim of Santa's hat. (Glitter paint also comes in 2 oz. bottles.)

Glow in the dark

I used glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint for the eyes of these mystery rocks. Glow paint is great for garden and Halloween-themed painted rocks.


Metallics are one of my favorite specialty acrylic paints because I can use them on so many projects. In addition to gold, silver and copper, metallics are also available in many brilliant colors such as the  Emerald green and Topaz blue I used for the owls below.

Patio or Garden

Yard & Garden paint (also called Patio Paints) are specially formulated for outdoor use. This gnome home was painted using these specialty acrylics. I would still recommend you "seal" the painted stone if it will be kept outdoors.

Dimensional Paint

These specialty paints are referred to as fabric, 3-D and puffy paint. I used them to add realistic details to painted rock candy.

These are just a few of the many specialty paints available. Be creative, experiment, and try some for yourself. Most important of all - have fun!

Useful Links

Types of Craft Paint
Painted Mystery Rock Eggs
How to Paint a Santa Hat on Rocks and Stones
How to Paint Rock Candy
Add Magic to Your Garden with Painted Gnome Home Rocks

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks

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
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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.

© Cindy Thomas Painted Rocks