One of my favorite art projects in art classes and workshops on Halloween is the American tradition of painting funny creepy stones.
In this blog, I want to share some of my cave art settings and tips.
Results may vary depending on the age of the child and the time of staining.
One of the things that I am an expert at is drawing stones with children!
I have painted thousands of rocks with kids in San Diego, and there have been numerous public painting events on the beach regularly.
For kids to have a positive Halloween rock experience, here are my top tips and list of materials.
Children’s acrylic paint
Acrylic paint is the best option for painting natural stones, it will last a long time.
Please use children’s non-toxic acrylic paints only when working with children under 12 years old.
You can make many fun Halloween stones with multiple paint colors.
Rock Painting Colors
You don’t need many colors to make funny creepy stones, multiple colors will work just fine.
White – Ghost, Mummy, Skull, Eyeball, Cobweb Cliffs
BlackJack O ’Lantern, Black cat, Bats
Orange – Pumpkin and Jack O ‘Lantern of the Rock
Red-eye drops of blood
Green – witch, monster, Frankenstein rocks
Purple – Monster, Spider, Witch Hat
Yellow – Candy Corn, Scary Eye Rocks
Find Halloween stones outside to paint!
Collecting stones outdoors is a lot of fun for kids.
You can find stones everywhere!
If that’s not an easy task, go to garden stores and see if they sell small landscape stones.
Natural stones come in different sizes and shapes.
Let the children imagine what they would like to draw, and then look for stones that are similar in shape.
You can also use the beach or river rocks, they have nice flat surfaces to paint on.
Halloween Rock Painting Setting
What you need:
Acrylic Paint (Click here to buy) – Safe non-toxic acrylic paint or thick kraft paint will work great.
Brushes – a very small brush for making parts, a medium brush for painting the entire surface of stones (2 brushes).
Water can – for cleaning paint from intermediate points.
Napkins – for wiping off the water and paint from brushes.
Palette – If you don’t have a small palette, you can use a small paper plate or a box of recycled eggs. This is where you will paint.
Newsprint – to protect the work surface and trap ink.
Dressing gown – to protect children’s clothing from paint.
Here are some fun Halloween painting ideas we’ve collected from online sources and a paint artist.
These can be simple projects for children to follow.
My Rock Painting Top 3 Tips!
I have published these tips in several of my art books. Check out the books here!
Tip 1. Stones are not paper and they do not easily absorb paint.
Make sure that when children clean their brushes, they wipe off all the water from the brush before dipping into the paint.
You don’t want liquid paint when painting stones.
The paint will just drip and the image will look wetter.
Tip 2. First, paint the stone background and let it dry completely.
If you want the stone to have a solid background color, paint first and then let the paint dry before painting anything else on it.
This will help the image look really nice and crisp, and will also prevent colors from blurring.
Example: If you are painting a ghostly rock, paint white first, let dry, and then paint black eyes and mouth after white is dry.
Tip 3. Staining stones in direct sunlight is useful.
SaveAcrylic will dry quickly if it has a heat source.
Stones do not dry out for a long time if they are in low or low temperatures.
When the children have finished drawing the stones, place them in the sun to dry.