There has been a growing number of people painting and hiding rocks for others to find. Have a look at how you can get involved too.
All over the country children are painting rocks and hiding them in parks to be found by others. Once found, they can be hidden somewhere else for someone else to find them. Some areas even have facebook groups to post the rocks on once they are found, so that their creators can see how far they go! Hunting for rocks is fun, but so is painting them!
Here are some tips for painting your own rocks:
- Pick smooth, flat rocks. You can decorate any rock, but it’s harder to decorate ones with ridges. If you can’t find them in nature, the craft stores sell them as do home improvement centers.
- Wash the rocks before decorating them. You want to remove dirt so that it doesn’t mess your design. You can wash several at once with dish soap and leave in a colander to drain and dry.
- Seal the rock before painting on it. Use a clear brush on or spray sealer. This helps so that the rocks (which are porous) don’t suck the life out of your markers. Another option: prime with white paint to help the colors that you paint on top appear more vibrant.
- Paint your design on top and use several coats . . . let dry between layers. Use an outdoor or multi-surface paint to help them hold up to the elements.
- Use small brushes or a stylus to make small details and/or dots.
- Use oil based paint pens and Sharpies to write on your rocks. These work the best for me! Just make sure to let fully dry before any writing.
- Finish off your rocks with a coat (or two or three) of Mod Podge Outdoor. This will help protect your beautiful painted rocks from the elements.