Tuesday, March 6, 2018

How To Transfer a Design onto a Rock

Okay, now that you have selected a rock, and hopefully given some thought as to what you would like to paint on the rock, it's time to start transferring your design.  How exciting!

There are a few different methods as to how you can make it easier to paint a beautiful design on your rock.

Transferring designs onto a rock is relatively easy.  You can always paint freehand if you know how to, and painting freestyle might work well for you.

However, if you need a little help, there are at least five ways that I know of to transfer graphics (link to the Graphics Fairy) or flower designs onto a rock.

It will mostly depend on how detailed you want your painting to be and which products you may have access to.

The transfer methods I use are as follows:

1.  Using a stencil design
2.  Transfer a design using black transfer paper
3.  Transfer a design using white transfer paper
4.  Image transfer using Mod Podge or Liquitex
5.  Image transfer using white acrylic paint

(Click the above links to be taken to a seperate page for detailed information on each method.  For a general outline of each method, see below).


A stencil is a great tool to use for many reasons.  Stencils are simply plastic pictures with the openings of the design cut out so you can outline (or paint) your image onto a surface.

You can use the stencil to make a simple outline with a pen, or you can use paint and a stencil brush along with the stencil to get your image transfer.

Theorem stencils are stencils that come in multiple layers that give your designs an extra realistic effect when finished.

You can learn more about theorem stencils at the following link, 'Using a stencil design'.

You can also use a simpler stencil and get a very realistic look to your rock painting.  I used a large stencil like the one pictured below to create my spring flowers garden rock.  


Below is a picture of the rock I made with a large stencil...

Hand-Painted Spring Flowers by nancymaggielee

Learning how to use theorem stencils is a bit more complicated than using a simple stencil, so you may want to try a basic stencil first and move on to theorems later.

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