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How to Paint Ladybugs and Ladybirds on Rocks

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L.M. Reid is an Irish writer who has published many DIY articles online. Learn how to make the numerous crafts she creates from home.

How to paint rocks that look like ladybugs and ladybirds

How to paint rocks that look like ladybugs and ladybirds

Rock Art: Painting Ladybirds and Ladybugs

In this article, I'll show you:

  • Where to get the rocks and which ones are suitable to paint.
  • How to paint them, from step one to the finished project.
  • How to varnish the completed rock.
  • How to store them and pack for the journey to the craft shows.
  • How to display the ladybugs on a stall to best effect.
  • What price to charge for them and why.

If you enjoy being creative and want something new to sell, then this could suit you. This is a very good tutorial that shows you how to paint rocks to look like ladybugs.

6 Steps to Painting Ladybug Rocks

Step 1 - Preparation

Step 2 - The First Coat

Step 3 - Paint the Wings and Face

Step 4 - Paint Spots on the Wings

Step 5 - Paint the Ladybug Face

Step 6 - Add the Gloss to the Rocks

How to paint Ladybug on Rocks

How to paint Ladybug on Rocks

Materials Needed: Rock Art

  • Acrylic paint: Crimson Red, Black, and White
  • Acrylic paint brushes
  • Acrylic varnish
  • Small rocks or stones
  • Small sponge
  • Rag cloth

Before Beginning:

  • If you are using this method for the very first time I would advise that you use four to five rocks during the first attempt.
  • There is no point in going to the trouble and expense of acquiring lots of materials until you are sure that you enjoy this craft.
  • It can become monotonous if you are forcing yourself to complete the task. This will then show up on the finished product and no one will benefit.
  • I lose myself in the painting; I have the radio on with classical music and hours have passed before I even realize.
  • It is usually my stomach telling me I am hungry or my back telling me to have a rest that makes me stop.
Ladybug Painting Ideas

Ladybug Painting Ideas

Step 1 - Preparation

  1. Gather the rocks you intend to paint and wash them in warm water.
  2. Dry them with a tea towel and place on a flat surface to continue drying out. An old baking tray is best for this or an ordinary tray no longer in use.
  3. While the rocks are drying prepare your table.
  4. You will need some room on the table for the rocks, paint, and trays. I am very lucky to have a dedicated craft room in the attic and have lots of tables to work on.
  5. If you are using a table or room that has other uses then you will need extra trays to dry and store your ladybird rocks as they dry.
  6. Squeeze out some red paint onto a flat surface. Acrylic paint works better than watercolour or oil. This is the set of paint that I use because it is of very good quality.
  7. You can add a tiny bit of black paint to darken the red if you prefer.
  8. Have your brushes and water ready with your cloth at hand too.
How to Paint Ladybugs on Rocks

How to Paint Ladybugs on Rocks

Step 2 - The First Coat

  1. Have your brushes and water ready with your cloth at hand too. These are the acrylic paint brushes I use because they work great and are value for money.
  2. Paint the rocks red on one side.
  3. You can do this by leaving them on the tray or taking them up in your hand.
  4. Painting them in your hands is very messy, but this is the method I use.
  5. Lay them down on the tray to dry. Acrylic paint is very quick drying and if you are painting a lot of them at once then the first one will be dry by the time you finish the last one.
  6. I usually paint about fifty at a time when I need to replenish my stock for the craft fairs.
  7. One coat is usually enough, so if you can still see the white or brown of the rock once it dries, then you are using too much water on the paint.
  8. If this happens, paint them again.

Step 3 - Paint the Wings and Face

  1. Squeeze out the amount of black paint you will need for this next stage.
  2. Make sure the red is dry before applying the black paint.
  3. Now you can paint to other side of the stones black and allow to dry.
  4. Take up the stones and start at the red side.
  5. Draw a line with the black on your paintbrush down the centre of the stone.
  6. Draw a half circle on the end of the stone where you want the face to be. Usually, the shape of the stone itself will show you which side is best.
  7. Fill this in with the black paint.
  8. Start from the end and draw the shape of the wings up to the face.
  9. Fill in the left over parts with the black paint.
  10. Place the stone on the tray and allow this to dry. Do the same for each one.
My Ladybirds Painted on Rocks

My Ladybirds Painted on Rocks

Step 4 - Paint Spots on the Wings

  1. Add four black spots on each wing of the ladybug. Painting rocks takes practice to get right.
  2. Try getting a perfect circle on to a piece of paper first. A blob of paint on the brush quickly jabbed onto the rock works best.
  3. Allow to dry and finish off the remaining rocks.
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How to paint rocks to look like Ladybugs

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Step 5 - Paint the Ladybug Face

  1. Squeeze out a small amount of white paint.
  2. Hold the rock in your hand and paint on the face using a smaller paint brush.
  3. This too will take time and confidence to do perfectly.
  4. If you make a mistake while the paint is still wet you can use the cloth with some water to wipe it off and start again.
  5. If the paint has dried when you realise the mistake then you only have to paint over the face with the black, wait till it dries and start again.