Priming the rock
This is an optional step. Having a background color can really make the rose pop. Leaving the stone natural can also make the colors of the rose pop. It's up to you!
We decided to paint the rock because the surface was a bit rough. The paint helped to add a smooth layer to paint/draw on. Knowing we'd be painting a red rose, we used a light pink color as a base coat. In this case, we can't provide the exact color since we mixed a custom color.
When we're painting rocks, sometimes we just dive right in and start painting on the rock.
Other times, we practice our design a few times using pencil & paper. This was the case for the rose. The basic shape wasn't too difficult. But, the overlapping petals of the rose were a bit tricky. Sketching it a few times really helped!
We followed a step-by-step tutorial in the book How to Draw Cute Stuff by Angela Nguyen. This book has been a fun resource for drawing everything from cute animals to vehicles to food.
Sketching on rock
After a few practice runs on paper, we sketched the rose on the rock. Thank goodness for erasers because we erased several times before getting the sketch you see below. Those rose petals are tricky!
But, persistence paid off!
It's tough to tell from the photos, but this rock was fairly small. The thought of trying to brush acrylic paint with a tiny brush felt intimidating, so we decided to use fine tipped paint pens for the design. We used a red extra fine tip Posca paint pen for the rose petals. Then, used a green TOOLI-ART extra fine tip paint pen for the stem and leaves and black to outline.
Happiness blooms from within