5 Best Supplies to Start Painting Rocks

5 Best Supplies to Start Painting Rocks

There are so many things you will see online when you begin painting rocks. The supply list can seem overwhelming, but don’t worry we are here to help you out!

You won’t need much to get started, and there is always more you can get as you continue this fun hobby! Here are the rock painting supplies that Rockpainting101 recommends.

1. Where to get rocks to paint

The first thing you need is of course rocks! 

Get the rock painting supplies you need to get started! From which paints we recommend to the best sealers, you’ll find exactly what you need as a beginner.

There are a ton of options on Amazon* for rocks. Below are a few favorites:

Capcouriers white rocks 

Capcouriers smooth rocks

Light colored rocks

 2. Pens and Markers for painting on rocks

Personally, I think our Metallic Marker Pens are great for beginners. 20 or 30 vibrant metallic colors. Each metallic color is attractive and adds a splash of creativity and fun to objects. Thanks to the metallic sparkle of the ink, the lettering, and marks made will be both pronounced and eye-catching. Represent great value for money, a good option of back to school purchases, all the family to enjoy.

3. What kind of paint do you use for stone painting?

If you prefer to paint your rock with paint and a brush, you’ll want to grab some acrylic paints. Prices can range all over, but you will want to spend a little to get good coverage on your rocks. The difference in price will make a big difference in the number of coats you will have to use.
For painting on rocks, I would start with a basic pack filled with fun colors. Over time you are sure to buy a few different bands and special colors, but to start out I recomend a muliti pack from DecoArt or Apple Barrel.

Acrilyc paints for rock

 4. Brushes and Painting Supplies

You will need to get yourself a set of brushes. Nothing fancy is necessary when your just getting started. Look for a set that has a larger square edge tip to color big spaces, at least one medium size, and a few smaller tips. Over your first few batches of rocks, you will learn which brushes are your favorites, you may even begin to alter them. 

As far as pallets go, you can start saving butter tub lids, use an old plate that’s near and dear to your heart, or buy some plastic pallets. 

5. Sealer

This is the rock painting supply that people ask about the most. If you plan to hide your rocks in the elements, or even begin to sell them in the future, you are going to want to seal your rocks. There are a few brush-on sealers, but I personally prefer a spray on. 


You can find rock painting sealers on Amazon. 

Either way, make sure it says weather resistant and non-yellowing. You will also need to decide on your finish. Matte, gloss, or satin.

See also our favorite Complete Rock Art Kit for Kids: 


If you’re looking for some fun rock painting inspiration. Check out my Pinterest Board that will get your creative juices flowing!

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