I found a painted rock at our local pond nestled in a tree and it made me smile! So simple. So easy. So fun!
You may have heard of the rock painting wave in many parts of the country. The Kindness Rocks Project continues to bring waves of positive and happy thoughts. And who doesn’t need a little more positivity in their daily lives 🙂 .
Now on to how to paint kindess rocks. It sounds easy and it is.
However, there are a few tips and tricks that make the painting go smoothly if you want to preserve your painted rocks for a longer life span.
How To Paint Kindess Rocks
There are a few keys to success when painting rocks, but remember this is for FUN!
To brighten the day of a kindness rock finder! The rock does not have to be painted perfectly. Anything goes as long as the message or painting is warm and inspirational.
The Easiest Way
Simply find a rock (preferably with a flat top), grab a Sharpie, go for it and hide the rock. The writing on the rock will have some life, but will not last as long as a rock that is sealed.
This is an easy and wonderful kindness project for kids.
An Easy Way To Paint A Rock
Acrylic Paint and/or Sharpie
I headed to the craft stash to see what acrylic paints I already had. I found that priming the top of the rock does make writing on the rock much much easier especially if you are going to write on the top of the rock.
1. Prime the rock with acyrlic paint of your choice. Let dry 10-15 minutes for acrylic paint.
2. Let your imagination and creativity flourish.
3. The artist in you can paint the top of the rock.
4. The writer in you could write a quote or phrase on top of the rock.
5. Let the rocks dry, another 10-15 minutes and then spray with clear sealer.
Rock On and go hide those rocks!
Updated April 2019
The Kindness Rocks are in year two outside! The rocks were sealed and survived rain, snow, sleet and every other type of weather in the northern United States. How fun it was when the snow melted to find a kindess rock placed under a tree last Fall.
Rainbow Painted Kindness Rocks
Who does not love or cannot paint rainbows!
Any age or any skill level can make a rainbow painted rock; this is a great craft for kids of any age.
Cheer Up Rocks!
Need to cheer up a member of your family, friend, co-worker or stranger?
Design your rock with the special person in mind and sneak on over to their house and place where it will be found.
Painted Rocks With Words
I highly recommend priming the top of your rock with acyrlic paint before writing on your rock with a paint pen. It is soooo much easier to write a phrase on your rock with a paint pen if the rock is primed. A smooth surface also helps, but if the rock is primed there is less wear and tear on the paint pen.
Find A Rock, Replace A Rock
This is not required, but if you happen upon a rock and have a painted rock then move the found rock to another location and leave your kindness rock in its’ place. If you do not have a painted rock hiding in your pocket (don’t we all carry around painted rocks?) then simply smile and move the rock to another location for another lucky person to find and smile.
For more information on The Kindness Rocks Project, click here!
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We’re doing the same thing in my community but I didn’t know it was called the Kindness Rock project. I found my first rock a couple weeks ago. It made me smile.
I found their was a local group for this, so I got some rocks, decorated them, and then hid them in my neighborhood. Such a simple thing, but I enjoyed doing it!
Thanks for sharing!
It really does bring on the smiles whether you are making one or finding one 🙂
I have seen so many but I have not taken any, I may just paint a few and take them out and place them.
Rex Trulove says
Some people in the congregation of our church have been doing this. We have many visitors to our state (Montana) and some of these painted rocks have been found and taken to as far away as Arizona, where it was re-hidden. It is really cool.
Thelma Alberts says
Painting a rock is nice. I think I will do that with my small nieces wihen I am in my tropical garden soon.
It is a fun activity for kids! Enjoy 🙂