Friday, February 10, 2023

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #16 - "Beautiful Peacock"

Hello, and thank you for your interest in this rock painting tutorial.  I hope you will find it fun and informative.

To make the rock pictured above I used a picture of a peacock with definitive lines that I found on PINTEREST.  I then simply traced the picture onto a rock and added color with paint markers.

If you would like to make a rock like the one in this tutorial, follow the DIRECTIONS as outlined below on this page.

In addition to the outlined directions on this page below, please feel free to click the underlined links throughout this page to learn more about each subject underlined.  

I purchased the rock used in this painting at a stone center near my home.  Most towns have a stone center nearby. 

A stone center is a great place to find rocks of all shapes and sizes because they usually have a pile of rocks that are broken which they will usually sell to the public at a discounted rate.  For instance, I just picked up 8 rocks at my local stone center (pictured below) for about $20.  

If you would like to find a stone center near you, then you can read this article to learn all about where to purchase rocks to paint on.   As a tip, wear gloves, long pants and closed toed shoes so you don't hurt yourself as you go through the rock piles in your search.

Here is a link to an article "Gathering Supplies and Where You can Find Rocks to Paint" which will help you out.

You can purchase rocks that are ready to be painted on Amazon now.  The rocks you can purchase online are smaller than the ones you can find in a stone center, however they have many sizes available in the smaller variety.  Click the link under the picture below to learn more...

The rocks pictured above are great for smaller painted rock projects like the ones in the pictures below...

Before we begin, you will need an image to trace onto your rock, so please read the following article linked below to learn how to get an image for your rock painting...

Read the article in the link above to find an image like the one I used for this peacock rock painting tutorial...

Please note that the image is printed in the same direction as it will be used face up during the tracing process.  Again, all of this is explained in the article linked above about how to get images to use.   Here is another link to that article for your convenience.

After you have your image and gathered some supplies, we're ready to begin!

You will need some kind of
carbon paper (shown above) to 
place between the rock
 and the image to be traced.


 Paint your rock with two coats of white acrylic paint.  Let it dry thoroughly.

Rock painted with white acrylic paint
before tracing image

2.  Following the instructions on the package, place the transfer paper on the surface of your rock (after it has been painted and dried with the white acrylic paint), then lay your peacock image over your rock.  The transfer paper is between the rock and the printed image.

Secure both papers with Scotch tape and trace the peacock image with a blue or red pen so that it will be easy to see the lines that have been traced.

3.  You can use a variety of acrylic paints to add color to your rock painting.   I like to outline my transferred images with a extra fine point black Sharpie to get good definition of the lines before I start painting or coloring with my acrylic paints or markers.

My peacock rock after tracing the image and with
some acrylic paint pen color already added.
Not quite finished here but having so much fun!

4.  Using paint brushes with acrylic paints, paint pens, or permanent markers, add color to the outline of the peacock image...

I personally love using paint pens or Sharpies because it allows me to add color to small spaces with precision.   They are also available in different size tips which will make it easier to add color to larger spaces on your rock as well.

 5.  Once the ink is dry, you may want to go over any outlines with an extra fine black Sharpie pen and give it a touch up.  Seal your rock with a weather resistant acrylic sealant following the directions on the can.

6.   Enjoy your rock!  And remember to...

Be creative & be happy!

Trace & Paint Flowers

Graphite Paper

Rocks for Painting

Mod Podge Matte Gel Medium

Painting Flowers on Rocks

White acrylic paint


Arteza Paint Pens

Sharpie Permanent Markers

Sharpie Ultra Fine Black Marker (for outlines)

Art Markers

Shuttle Art Markers

Deco Art White Paint Pen

Paint Markers


Supplies Side note:   Not all the above products will be needed for this particular tutorial. I have linked to some supplies that I use in my rock paintings so that you can have access to some of my favorite products, but you can find most of these in your local craft store.


Here are the links to other rock painting tutorials on this blog:

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #1 - A Basket of Pansies

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #2 - Gardening Animals

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #3 - Red & Orange Poppy Flowers

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #4 - Little Boy in a Bunny Costume

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #5 - Mama Bird & Chicks

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #6 - Fairies & Bunny Spring Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #7 - Beach Bunnies Family Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #8 - The Candy Corn Family


ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #10 - Fairies & Daisies 

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #11 - Strawberry Fairy Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #12 - Fairies & Bunny Spring Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #13 - Daisy Flower Rock

ROCK PAINTING TUTORIAL #14 - Stained Glass Angel Theme

Coffee Mug - Rock Painter Mug

Some of my PINTEREST boards that may interest my crafty friends:

Hand Painted Rocks by nancymaggielee

Stained Glass Painting & Glass Crafts

Rock Art 

Illustrations & Drawings  

Image Transfer 

Watercolor Clip Art 

Sharpie Crafts

T-Shirt for your favorite rock painter
available on Etsy


Please visit my other blogs (click link below each blog's cover picture)...

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You can now buy rocks online!

You can now buy rocks online!
These are great for a rock painting party! (click on picture)