"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.