Some of my favorite painted rocks from last year are these adorable and very easy painted rocks animals. In all honesty, these friendly fox, owl and bear characters are the reason I first fell in love with rock painting. I quickly discovered how amazing it was to paint on nature’s own canvas! Just follow along the easy step instructions for these cuties plus explore the other animals rock painting ideas below!
Painted Rocks as Animals!
I was inspired to craft a variety of simple painted rock animals that still to this day put a smile on my face whenever I see them. Aren’t they adorable? The fox, owl and bear can be used in so many fun ways:
- leave them outdoors in your garden
- scatter them throughout your home for decorating
- place them in you potted plants indoors
- use them as paper weights or napking weights
- they also make a great gift for an unsuspecting neighbour!
Ever since that initial flame was lit, my sister Jane and I have shared multiple tutorials on rock painting. They include step by step tutorials for painting water colored rock pumpkins, Winter and Christmas themed rocks, snowflake painted rocks, mandala-inspired painted heart rocks and most recently our gold nuggets and shamrocks. Scroll to the end of this post for additional simple rock painting ideas.
And since we wanted to share our love of rock painting with the world, we created this make your own rock painting kit guide! What do you think? Would you love to receive this craft kit as a gift?
Since we’re not fine artistist ourselves, we like to paint rocks with simple designs that are fun for the whole family, including beginners. They don’t take a lot of time – we hope you have so much fun with them!
Supplies Needed for these Animal Painted Rocks:
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- Smooth rocks, medium sized, flat on side (we also sell these in our Etsy shop, or check out these ideas for where to find rocks to paint)
- Acrylic paint brushes, assorted sizes and tips
- Decoart Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint
- Paint pens (optional, for fine details)
Fox Painted Rock
To start, paint a fox face in the middle of the smooth surface of your rock using orange paint.
Using a fine tip brush, paint the sides of the fox face starting part way from the top to the bottom tip of the orange using the white paint (cotton ball).
And lastly, with a fine tip brush, paint the ears, eyes and nose using the black paint. Add one small dot in cotton ball paint to each black eye (this step not shown here).
Painted Owl Rocks:
To start your cute owl, paint the face shape in the middle of the rock using the gray paint (dolphin).
Paint two larger sized circles for the owl’s eyes using multi surface satin paint in cotton ball.
Using a fine tip brush, paint the beak using multi surface satin paint in orange sherbet.
Next, paint the small circle shaped pupils using multi surface satin paint in black tie.
To finish the owl face, add a small dot in the centre of each eye using Cotton Ball with the opposite end of your paint brush (this step not shown here).
Easy Peasy Bear Painting:
Begin by painting a bear face in the middle of the rock using multi surface satin paint in cocoa bean.
Mix cocoa bean with cotton ball paint colors together for the snout and inner ears. Using a fine tip paint brush, paint the snout and inner ear shapes as shown.
Next, paint the eyes and nose using multi surface satin paint in black tie with a fine tip paint brush. And lastly, add a small dot in the centre of each eye using Cotton Ball with the opposite end of your paint brush (this final step not shown here).
That’s it! Our adorable animal rocks are all done!
Additional Animal Rock Painting Ideas to Explore
If you haven’t guessed by now, we think rock painting is a great way to spend a bit of craft time! I mean, shouldn’t everyone have their own pet rock these days?
If you’re looking for more rock animals to paint, here are some fun ideas including adorable bunnies, bumble bee and lady bug rocks, and more:
We hope you found this step-by-step rock painting tutorial helpful. And if you still don’t have enough rock painting inspiration, we have over 60 of the best painted rocks to craft!
Which other painted rock animals would you like to make?