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How to Paint This Valentine Painted Rock Set with Adorable Couples!

While my kiddo made super hero painted rocks, I made this fun and easy Valentine painted rock set. So many cute couples I wanna cuddle!

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I love how easy it was to make these fun Valentines painted rocks – and so fast!

Valentine Painted Rock Set

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we already had our rocks out, the day was nice, and I just needed a few minutes to make some Valentines Day painted rocks while my kiddo was otherwise occupied making her own superhero rocks.

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My efforts were well rewarded with these four absolutely adorable and wildly easy valentine painted rock ideas. If you’re ready to make some of the most fun little painted rocks you’ll make with love in mind, let’s get started.

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Tips to Make Painted ROcks for Valentines

  • Definitely hunt around and see if you can find rocks outside but, be take care not to sneak off with any from protected natural areas. Just look around your own yard, where you’re certain the owner won’t get upset if a little rock is missing. If you have trouble sourcing rocks, you can grab a package of awesome rocks ready for painting here, look around at a local hardware store or garden center, or even at your local landscaper’s yard. Sometimes they’ll sell rock to you by the bucket-full.  However, I don’t think you should plan on getting your rocks from any of the craft stores because they will often be sealed with a coating hat could keep the paint from sticking to the rock. 
  • Before you get to painting, make sure you get your rocks nice and clean – and also dry. You need your rocks to be absolutely dry before applying the paint or it may not stick. But, pencil will stick so you can go ahead and sketch your design on the rock before it’s completely dry.
  • Acrylic paint generally works the best when I’m rock painting, but using paint pens/markers like these here, artist pens, gelly roll pens, markers, highlighters, etc, is definitely allowed. Some of these different paints could require you to apply a second coat, but they will work.
  • I always seal my rocks after painting them. Whether you give them a coat with a spray sealant or a generalized craft sealant like your typical Mod Podge, sealing the rocks will keep your rock art from being washed off in the rain or fading in the sun.
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How Do I Make this Valentine Painted Rock Set?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.

Yield: 4 Valentine Painted Rocks

Valentine Painted Rock Set

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I love how easy it is to make this Valentine painted rock set. And they turned out so adorable, I'm not sure I can give them away.

Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Rocks
  • Acrylic Paint in Red, Blue, Brown, White and Black
  • Sealant
  • Primer Paint in White

Tools

  • Pencil with eraser
  • Paint Pens or Paint brushes
  • White Paint Pen

Instructions

  1. To make the love bugs: Prime your rock with a coat of paint primer and allow it to dry completely.
  2. Lightly sketch the outline of the two bugs, like two crispy taco shells, which they almost were. Add two tiny sticks for front feet and matching lines for two back feet on each love bug. 
  3. Paint both of the bodies red. Allow this paint to dry completely.
  4. Paint the feet black, add a small black head, and two oversized antennae on each of their heads with hearts on the tips.
  5. Paint little black hearts on the bodies of the love bugs for their “spots”. Allow this paint to dry completely.
  6. With a white paint pen, add a tiny dot on the face for each of their eyes and a tiny smile.
  7. Outline both of the bodies in black. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  8. Paint “love bugs” if you have additional space to fill and allow this paint to dry completely.
  9. Add a coat of sealant to finish the rock.
  10. To make the lovey hearts, prime your rock with a coat of paint primer and allow it to dry completely.
  11. Lightly sketch the outline of the two hearts side by side. Add little lines for arms, legs, and feet. Be sure to connect the two arms in the middle so they are holding hands.
  12. Paint the hearts red. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  13. Paint the legs, feet, arms, and hands black, then add black eyes and smiles to each of the hearts - even eyelashes if you're liking it. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  14. Outline each of the hearts in black and paint “two hearts” to fill any remaining space.
  15. Add a coat of sealant to finish the rock.
  16. To make the love birds, prime your rock with a coat of paint primer and allow it to dry completely.
  17. Sketch a heart shape in the center of your rock. The two humps will be the heads of your birds cuddled together, facing each other; the pointy bottom of the heart will be the two tails pressed together. Sketch the two beaks and a line across the lower portion of the heart to be the branch the birds are sitting on.
  18. Paint one of the bird bodies dark blue and the other bird light blue. Allow this paint to dry completely. Go back in and paint a light blue crest on the top of the dark blue bird's head and a dark blue crest on the light blue bird's head.
  19. Paint each beak yellow. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely. Outline the bird in black and add short black lines for eyes and longer swooping lines to illustrate the feathers of the wings. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  20. Paint the branch brown and add a few green leaves. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  21. Outline the rest of the branches and leaves in black. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  22. Paint “love birds” on the rock in any negative space. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  23. Add a coat of sealant to finish the rock.
  24. To make the significant otters, prime your rock with a coat of paint primer and allow it to dry completely.
  25. Sketch the shapes of the two otters. I started with two elongated ovals, added a long taper at one end for the tail. Then I added two little bump-outs on each side for arms.
  26. Paint both of the bodies brown. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  27. Paint a flat oval (a jelly bean shape) on the lower part of each of their faces. 
  28. Using the black paint, outline the two lower feet on each otter, including the pads of their feet. 
  29. Paint the outline of the two otter bodies. Allow that coat of paint to dry completely.
  30. Paint two little brown triangles for ears on each head, allow that coat of paint to dry and outline the ears in black.
  31. Paint a large black nose and a little upside down heart top for a mouth. Add whiskers and eyes, even eyelashes if you want. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  32. Paint “significant otters” on the rock in any empty space. Allow this coat of paint to dry completely.
  33. Add a coat of sealant to finish the rock. photo collage tutorial of how to make valentine painted rocks

Notes

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