Rock Art Handbook: Techniques and Projects for Painting, Coloring, and Transforming Stones

Rock Art Handbook: Techniques and Projects for Painting, Coloring, and Transforming Stones

by Samantha Sarles


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Discover all of the best techniques for creating amazing rock art! Brush painting isn’t the only way to decorate a rock. Almost anything you do on paper or canvas, you can do on a rock. Rock Art Handbook will show you how, with more than 30 step-by-step tutorials featuring dot painting, marbling, embellishments, and much more. It’s the perfect opportunity to use your favorite craft supplies, from nail polish to puff paint to gelly roll pens, or to try something new. There are plenty of kid-friendly options—like chalk, washi tape, and glitter glue—too. And what do you do with the rocks when they’re finished? Author Samantha Sarles, who blogs at, has plenty of ideas!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565239456
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 252,407
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Samantha Sarles is known for painted rocks, colorful and inspiring art, and a rainbow-themed aesthetic. With ten years marketing and branding experience at a Fortune 500 corporation, Sam created her own art and DIY-centered brand after becoming a mom. Since then she has amassed 30,000+ followers on Instagram, where her work has been featured by companies like Starbucks, The Huffington Post, and Michaels Craft Stores. Sam also has 100,000+ followers on Facebook, where her rock doodling video has nearly 2 million views. She blogs at

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Finding the Right Rocks and Prepping Rocks 8

Where to Find Rocks 10

Prepping Rocks for Art 12

Choosing Color 16

Chapter 2 Sealants 18

What to Look For 20

Chapter 3 Acrylic Paint 24

Basic Supplies 26

Dot Painting 29

Ombré and Gradient Backgrounds for Silhouette Design 34

Stencils 36

Painting Galaxies 38

Painting Abstract Flowers 40

Painting Houses 42

Painting People 44

Henna Rocks 48

Chapter 4 Markers and Pens 50

Paint Markers 52

Faber-Castell PITT Artist Brush Pens 54

Black Outline Pens 55

Gelly Roll Pens 56

White Gel Pens 57

Metallic Markers 58

Highlighters 59

Chapter 5 Drawing Mandala and Zentangle Designs 62

Outline Mandalas with Markers 64

Filled-in Mandalas with Markers and Pens 66

Zentangle Design over Backgrounds 68

Zentangle Design without an Outline 70

Chapter 6 Marbling 72

Marbling with Nail Polish 74

Marbling with Acrylic Paint 82

Chapter 7 Colored Pencils 86

Colored Pencil Shading 89

Watercolor Pencils 90

Chapter 8 Decoupage 92

Paper on Rocks 96

Napkins on Rocks 98

Fabric on Rocks 102

Finishing Touches 103

Tissue Paper on Rocks 104

Temporary Tattoos 106

Chapter 9 Creating Unique Backgrounds 108

Watercolor Rocks 110

Alcohol Inks 112

Sharpies and Alcohol 116

Gelatos 120

Metallic Backgrounds 124

Chapter 10 Embellishments and Textures 126

Puffy Paint 128

Stickers 131

Glitter 132

Beads and Charms 134

Rhinestones 135

Chapter 11 Rocks and Kids 136

Rocks for Learning 138

Supplies and Techniques for Kids 143

Possible Uses 152

About the Author 159

Index 160

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