Many people love to collect stones during their walks in the forest or on the beach. They bring the stones home with them and in most cases, they don’t know what to do with them. Just leaving them lying around is usually not a very sensible solution.
You can paint the stones and make them part of your interior or exterior decoration. How to realize such a project step by step is explained in the following lines.
You do not need professional skills
We would like to emphasize in advance that you do not need any special knowledge or skills for the realization of this project. You only need the stones and some knowledge about the simple technique of painting them. These will be explained in the following lines.
Owls are a very popular motif
Colorfully painted stones
Clean the stones
You have to clean the stones first. Wash them best. There must be no soil or another kind of dirt left on them. The smooth surface is the most important prerequisite for good results.
Choose the right colors
You can paint the stones with oil or acrylic paints. In case of emergency, you can use nail polish. You can use the transparent nail polish at least for the top layer.
Achieve positive energy through mandala stones
The palette for mixing colors
The stones have a small area and this sometimes makes painting a lot more difficult. You have to apply many colours to a few square centimetres. Therefore they have to be chosen carefully and mixed well. To do this, you need a colour palette.
The brushes used are also of great importance for the results. They must neither be too soft nor too hard. You may need some different sizes. Some you need for the background, others for the contours, third for the very small details, and so on.
Fill in the large areas first!
Many people start by painting the stones with small details and then fill in the larger areas. This is usually the wrong approach. We would rather advise you to proceed the other way round.
It is also important to let the background dry well before you start with the details.
Small figures and final touches
After the background is well dried, you should paint small figures on it and provide them with final touches. The time required for this should not be underestimated. The stones need time to dry, this is usually one day long.
Only then can you go on to the details. If your stone painting has several layers, then you must expect a certain time for drying the different layers.
Stones with motifs in black and white
Simple Bastelideen with stones
“It’s raining hearts”
Other important tips
Here are some important tips you should always keep in mind:
- Do not allow the paint to dry off on the brushes.
- Look at the shape of the stones: they are very different from each other and you can be inspired by different ideas.
- You must wash the brush(es) with soap and water when you are done.
- You don’t have to buy the palette, you can use an old plate as your color palette.
Funny ladybirds painting on river stones
Ideas for indoor and garden decoration
With painted stones, you can set interesting accents in an interior or garden design. The possibilities are many, but the painted stones look particularly beautiful in glass vases or bowls. You can also make small mosaics to spice up the garden paths or the façade walls.
Have a look at all the ideas in our picture gallery and get even more inspiration!
Have fun with the stone painting and good success!