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


  1. Great ideas! I love how the Santa hat turned out. It got me thinking of glitter paint ideas!

    1. Thanks, Jan. I've also used glitter on painted snow to make it glisten. I'm glad to hear your creative juices are flowing with even more glitter ideas.

  2. Which type of colours is the best for rock painting ?

    1. You can use any acrylic colors for rock painting, Relena. However, if your unpainted rock is a dark color, it's best to give it a coat of white paint first so your other colors will show up nice and bright.

  3. Thank you for this information. It is highly useful. Can all these paints be used on outdoor rocks if they are sealed & if so, what seal would you recommend.

    1. You're welcome. The best of these to use outdoors would be the Yard & Garden (or Patio Paint) because a sealer is added to the formula. The others could also probably be used outdoors if sealed. However, keep in mind that NO sealer will permanently protect the artwork outdoors. You would need to check the painted rocks occasionally and apply additional sealer as needed. I've heard some rock painters use sealers meant for boating. Here's a blog post I wrote about the sealers I like to use: