"Wish" Painted Rocks

One of my favorite activities while on vacation or visiting a new location is looking for painted rocks. This holiday weekend, I was inspired to create my own painted rock collection to hide around town. The "WISH" example is easy enough that a teen or tween could make their own.

I used supplies that were leftovers from previous projects. For this project, you will primarily use the fine tip paintbrush.

Materials Used:

  • Small rocks

  • Scissors

  • Cardboard (as a protective surface to work on)

  • Fine Tip Sharpie (optional)

  • Pencil

  • Paintbrushes

  • Acrylic Craft Paints of Your Choice

  • Cup Filled with Water

  • Paper Towel

  • Clear Glaze *optional

Preparation: Gather your supplies. I prepped my stones by washing them with soap and water. Then, allow them to dry thoroughly.

Using scissors, I recycled a box by cutting out one side to create a flat work surface. I reuse a solo cup for cleaning my paintbrush and storing them (brush end up) between uses.


Using a flat paintbrush, paint a blue background on your rock. Allow it to dry completely.

Clean your brush by swirling it in the cup of water and drying it with a paper towel.

* Clean your brush between each step.

Once the paint has dried, sketch out your dandelion design and the word wish with a pencil or sharpie.

Next, using a fine tip paintbrush, trace your outlines in white paint. Allow the paint to dry.

PROTIP: Practice on your cardboard before painting your stone.

Using the same paintbrush, add dots of the light blue paint, Apple Barrel Laguana.

Between each step, allow the paint to dry.

Next, add dots of yellow. I used Apple Barrel Kings Gold. Let it dry.

PROTIP: If you are painting multiple stones, as the paint is drying between each step, paint another stone.

Add dots of green (FolkArt Green), and freehand grass if you like.