Continuing my series on Spirit Stones and in this video, I’m painting a cute daisy on a wobbly rock to show how easy it is. All you need are some very basic colours and a few brushes.

Painting on rocks takes a bit of prep. You need to wash and scrub the rocks in warm, soapy water, rinse well and let air dry.

For most of my “painting on rocks” projects, I like to prime the rocks with 1-2 coats of gesso and let dry naturally. Due to the timing involved, I prep my rocks all at once so they are ready to go. Leaving just a few unprimed for rock paintings that are to be left as is (vignette) or primed with black gesso.

You don’t need to prime your stones if you use paint for masonry, just make sure that you varnish your stones with the appropriate varnish (outdoor vs indoor).

Creating Your Own Spirit Stones
by Painting on Rocks

Here’s What You’ll Need


  • a rounded, uneven stone approximately 2″ x 2.25″

Palette: DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics

  • Ultramarine Blue – DTA33
  • Hansa Yellow Light – DTA18
  • Yellow Oxide – DTA15
  • Burnt Sienna – DTA09
  • Titanium White – DTA40

Prep, Mediums and Finish:

DecoArt Americana Premium Mediums

  • White Gesso – DTAM07
  • Matte Medium – DTAM04

Americana DuraClear Polyurethane Varnish: Ultra Matte – DS124


  • Majestic: 1″ Oval Wash – R4950
  • Soft-Grip: #5 Bristle Bright – SG1425
  • Aqualon: #10 Shader – 2150 & 5/9 & #1 Round – 2250

General Supplies:

  • Water container
  • Stylus
  • Royal Essentials Grey Palette Paper – RD347
  • Paper Towels/Baby Wipes
  • Heat Gun (optional)

and lots of patience

Ready to Make This?

spirit stones painting on rocks

What did you think?

At anytime of your life, did you carry around a little “something” that was your own spirit stone?  maybe a lucky rabbits foot?  please share in the comments below.