Painting Rocks with Markers

pretty hand lettered painted rocks easy teen craft with markers

I do love painting, I do. But sometimes I am an impatient crafter. I like things to be fast and easy.

Today’s craft idea is both of those. I’ve seen some really beautiful examples of gorgeous painted rocks on Pinterest lately, and I was inspired to create some of my own.

I’ve crafted with rocks before, like these vision rocks where I mod-podged various magazine clippings onto rocks:

vision rocks

Or, I’ve painted them gold to create a pretty candle centerpiece like these:

Gold Rock Candle Centerpiece easy home decor craft idea

This time I wanted to try and embellish them with pretty hand-lettered designs.

I wanted to see what crafty results I could get by painting rocks with markers. Recently when I was doing back-to-school shopping with my daughter I couldn’t resist a large pack of Sharpie markers for myself. That’s where the fun began.

Then I scavenged some river rocks from our backyard landscaping and kept some natural and some I spray-painted with a white base coat.

easy painted rocks craft @chicacircle

Then I had a beautiful rock canvas to work with. It was so satisfying to hand-letter inspirational words on each white painted rock and add colorful designs around each word with markers. It was easy to blend the colors together and create a fun painted rock design.

hand lettered colorful painted rocks with Sharpie markers @chicacircle

After painting rocks with the brightly colored Sharpie markers, I moved onto the metallic set. On the natural dark rock, these metallic markers stood out perfectly.

Believe hand lettered painted rock easy and fun craft

It was so easy to create pretty patterned designs as well as hand-lettered creations.

Painted Rocks with Metallic Sharpie markers - easy craft idea

So lovely!

hand-lettered painted rocks with metallic sharpie markers

Then I thought I would try my hand at a more complicated design – owls. I used the metallic marker set as well for these, as well as a few colored accents from my colored Sharpie markers.

Owl Painted Rocks with markers @chicacircle

The results were so fun and spectacular.

Rock Painting with Markers - Owl craft idea

This is a great project that you can enjoy yourself or share with your crafty tween or teen. They make great homemade gift ideas. You can create personalized paper weights, or just pretty inspirational works of art!

peace love hope hand-lettered painted rocks DIY @chicacircle

Try this super easy craft yourself.




Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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