What Shall I Paint Today On Rocks?

Yes, I know the feeling, I have a nice rock and I ask myself, what shall I paint on this rock? And I did have this condition that is referred to as a painter’s block.  In this post, I want to give you ideas… but also tell you what inspired me.

September 01st, 2021

I recently saw a technique that I absolutely had to try modified. In the original, acrylic paint was applied to bubble wrap with a brush and printed on a canvas.  I then used this technique using my posca pens. The bubbles were painted with thick Posca pens and then printed on a black primed rock. Then I used the finer Posca pen to paint in the trunks. Guess I still have to practice, however I already like the outcome.

August 30th,2021

I found this cute mushroom house on Pinterest. I loved it so much, I had to copy it.

August 26th, 2021

One of my clients’ birthday is on Sunday. Last year my clients got a birthday rock painted by me instead of a birthday card. At popular request, I will continue this tradition. I try to find a suitable motif for each of my clients. This lady loves cats and has two pictures by the artist Rosina Wachtmeister hanging in her room. I now tried to paint such a motif on stone. As a template, I found an embroidery featuring one of these cat motifs, and I transferred it to the rock. However, I am not entirely satisfied with the result. I still have to practice here. But I’m sure that this rock will be well received. Later I will take the rock with me and have the other 7 residents sign the back.

August 22nd/23rd, 2021

After a long week of work, I came home full of vigor. My finger itched and wanted to paint again. Because of our wet summer here in Germany, mushrooms grow everywhere. As you can see, they even grow on my rocks.
I did a bit of research on Pinterest, found some nice rocks featuring mushrooms, and to start with, I copied a few of them. To copy a few first helps me to find my own ideas.

Then I got more creative…….and also crazier….


The next day I copied a photo of a toadstool  I had recently taken on a rock.

And finally, I was inspired by some sculptures I have seen and transferred them on rocks.

August 16th, 2021

Today I painted another endemic Fijian Bird, the Fiji Parrotfinch.

August 15th, 2021

A photo of an art painting inspired me to paint this rock. I used only Posca pens and a bit of water for the colorful background. The rock needed to dry for an hour before I could add the fine lines and patterns.

August 10th, 2021

Quite a while ago I had some acrylic paint left and poured it over a rock. Then the rock was lying there, didn’t really know, what to do with it. Today I got an idea: I took a black Posca pen and doodled a plantlike pattern on the rock. Still, I wasn’t too happy. Added some golden lines and white dots…I liked it, did hide it and the rock has already a new owner.

August 2nd, 2021

After almost a week of abstinence, today I finally found time again to paint three new stones. After the third stone was finished I was able to put the pens aside and feel calm and relaxed. It’s amazing that painting rocks can be so relaxing and works against the stress of a busy everyday life

We have a very rainy summer this year. There are only a few days when I can sit in my garden and enjoy the flowers. That’s why I chose floral motifs today. I was inspired by paintings that I saw hanging in a physician’s office.