Painting on rocks seems to be a growing trend and when I was asked to paint a planter accent I knew exactly where my inspiration was coming from.

I was going to paint a heron on a rock and I have just the perfect rock for the project!

I’m currently filming a formal acrylic workshop of a Heron at a Waterfall and chose to use the same Heron photo for this rock painting.

The challenge when painting on rocks or rock painting in general, for me is the size of the rock. I’m constantly pushing myself to paint smaller and smaller, but my comfort zone is painting large.

It was another super hot day in the studio, so I’m talking pretty fast in the beginning, well because I wanted this to be over with and Joe was taking me shopping for some tools to enhance my rock paintings.

Painting a Heron on a Rock

Here’s What You’ll Need


  • a slightly rounded, but flat stone that was approximately 2.5″ x 3″ and primed it with 2 coats of Gesso (light, but even coats)

Palette: DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics

  • Phthalo Blue – DTA24
  • Ultramarine Blue – DTA33
  • Quinacridone Violet – DTA01
  • Burnt Sienna – DTA09
  • Titanium White – DTA40

Prep, Mediums and Finish

  • DecoArt Americana Premium Mediums:
    • White Gesso – DTAM07
    • Matte Medium – DTAM04 (as an alternative for the final finish)
  • Americana DuraClear Polyurethane Varnish – Ultra Matte – DS124


  • Royal Aqualon:
    • #2 & 3/0 Round – 2250
    • #8 Shader – 2150
  • Majestic: 1″ Oval Wash – 4950

General Supplies:

  • Water Container
  • Heat Gun (optional)
  • Paper Towels
  • Charcoal Pencil
  • Photo of Heron from
  • Grey Palette Paper

Ready to Make This?

painting a heron on a rock

What did you think?

Do you have a favourite painting you’ve created?  can you picture that painting on a small rock?  please share your comments below.