Background & Base Ideas

Sometimes, what you want to add to your rock is very simple and may lack a little 'panache'! Using interesting backgrounds or bases can turn an awesome rock into something amazing!

Here are some ideas, which will be added to over time, so call back and see how this page has changed since  your last visit:

| Scribbles | Paint Pouring | Ombre-Type Shades |


  • Click on the images above to open in full screen.
  • For these, there is no need to add a plain or light base coat
    • Using a few different colour paints / pens, swipe / scribble along the full length of the rock with the first colour.
    • Turn the rock a little then scribble again
    • Keep going, turning your rock each time between layers, until you have used all the colours of your choice.
  • When finished, simply add an image or text (optional)
  • Then finish as you would with your other rocks

Paint Pouring:
  • Using a paint conditioner and acrylic paints:
    • Add a 50:50 mix of each (per colour) of paint and conditioners
    • Then add a small amount of each colour in layers in another pot
    • Keep doing the layers until all your paint has gone
    • Then pour

Check out a video over on our YouTube channel of a pour.

Ombre-type Shades 

I'm not very good at this, but I give it a go as often as possible.
  • Click on the images above to open in full screen.
  • You will need:
    • Your choice of colours and the quantity of colours of acrylic paints
    • Sponge dabbers. If you don't have sponge dabbers you can use:
      • A piece of kitchen or bathroom sponge. Try not to cut it, break a piece off so the edges are not perfectly straight
  • Start with your light base
    • Next, using sponge dabbers, at the bottom edge, start with the darkest colour
    • Then your next colour ...
    • and so on until you have covered your rock.
  • Blend them in as you are going
  • If you're not happy with the effect, just keep dabbing until you are happy with it
  • Once dry, create your artwork of design on top, check out these examples in the main header image.
  • Colours and types of paints can make a difference. For example, the paints used in the link above are iridescent acrylics and the ones used in this example are standard acrylics.

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