One of the questions I’m asked most often is where to get rocks to paint for rock painting. We share a lot of rock painting ideas here on Ruffles and Rain Boots, so we’re dishing about where the best places are to get rocks to paint!
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Where to Get Rocks to Paint
No matter where you live, you can get quality rocks to paint to support your rock painting habit! We’ve painted tiny rocks, big rocks, pieces of slate, and so much more without violating any laws or spending a small fortune.
I’ve included where to get rocks for cities, the country, and even how you can paint rocks while on vacation or traveling! Be sure to let me know where you love to get your rocks for rock painting!
Home Improvement Stores for Stone Painting
The “where to get rocks to paint” question was on my mind, too, when I first started. Because of the laws in my area, this is where I started: I buy a lot of rocks from home improvement stores and this is the option I recommend for most everyone.
Below is an image of the three bags of rocks I’ve purchased at Home Depot at various times of year. If you’d like to read more about each, read about the types of rocks for rock painting.
Home Depot, Lowes, Mendard’s, and countless other home improvement stores are great places to buy rocks. You can buy slate pieces individually which is great for larger rock painting ideas or bags of rocks for a large selection.
- PROs: available all year-round, can choose slate pieces, pricing is very competitive
- CONs: limited availability certain times a year, your “preferred” rocks might not be available, you have to buy a lot of rocks at once and cannot select individual rocks
Landscaping and Fill Companies
This is a GREAT option if you have a landscaping company near you because they let you choose your own rocks! You might have to explain why you want to choose your own, though.
The first time I went to a local landscaping supply company here, he wanted to know why I only wanted a bucket-full and why I wanted to pick them out myself. But he allowed me to fill up my bucket with beautiful stones!
- PROs: great for selection certain times of year, can choose individual rocks, best prices
- CONs: you have to do it yourself which means bending over and climbing on rocks, seasonal availability will vary
Buy Rocks to Paint at Craft Stores
I know some rock painters tell you to steer clear of rocks from the craft stores, but I do believe they serve a purpose.
- PROs: available year-round, small rocks are perfect for story stones and painted rock series
- CONs: sometimes are covered in wax which needs to be removed, the most expensive option for “normal” rocks
Collecting Rocks in Nature for Rock Painting
This is the riskiest option, in my opinion, but I am a conservationist so take it with a grain of salt. Removing rocks from nature can be a crime in your area, so before you take a bucket to collect rocks, check out the law.
We were on a beach trip to the Oregon coast and the police (or park ranger) stopped a family from filling a 5-gallon bucket with rocks from a beach. Why? It was illegal and carried a fine.
- PROs: free, you can select individual rocks
- CONs: might be illegal, might upset an ecosystem
Where to Buy Rocks Online
Did you know Amazon sells rocks?! That place sells everything.
I purchased these rocks for rock painting on Amazon and the quality was excellent but they are not the most cost-effective option. If you’re looking for flat rocks and only flat rocks, however, it might be a great option to incorporate into your rock painting.
Buy / Sell Groups on Facebook
Additionally, you can look on Facebook in your local buy and sell groups to find people selling and trading rocks. I set up a meet at a park once so that I could see a rock before I bought it (it was a slab of slate) and I made a rock painting buddy!
I’ve also come across someone selling a rare rock type from Greece on Facebook, so if you find a particular rock you want for a project, do a quick search.
- PROs: flat rocks available, 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime
- CONs: not the most cost-effective option, availability can depend on individual sellers
Over to You
How about you? Where do you get rocks to paint to support this fun and additive stone painting habit?!
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