Love bug painted rocks using Color Shift paint

Ladybugs make fun designs for painted rocks. If you're just getting started with rock painting, we put together a step-by-step photo tutorial for how to paint ladybug painted rocks.

This post, however, is all about some cool paint we came across ⁠— FolkArt ColorShift acrylic paint. We tried their Aqua Flash color because we could immediately see all the possibilities, from trying ocean scenes on rocks to shimmery mermaid tails!


What we learned after experimenting

We were so excited to give this color-shifting paint a try and started by painting a freshly-cleaned, unprimed rock. Need rocks? Check our guide for where to get rocks for rock painting.

Like any new rock painting supply we try, it all starts with a little experimentation!

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We were pretty pleased with the coverage. Though, when you give this ColorShift paint a try, you may notice that this paint isn't completely opaque. It has this metallic sheen that's more of a glossy top coat with the slightest bit of transparency.

This had us wondering what the paint would look like on a rock that had been primed a solid color. So, we gave it a try!

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As you can see, there's a difference in the color of the two rocks. Like we mentioned before, there's a slight bit of transparency using this paint, which is why the rock primed with black paint appears darker.

Ready to give this paint a try? ⬇️


Let's paint that love bug!

Now that we have a better idea of how this paint works, we were eager to paint a love bug. It's a fun design that can be decorated in so many ways. As we were gearing up for Valentine's Day, we thought it would be fun to paint a bunch of these love bugs and leave around our town to be found and hopefully put a smile on someone's face like this painted ladybug traveling all over and spreading joy!

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For this love bug, we used similar techniques outlined in our "how to paint a ladybug" tutorial, except we added a bit more flair! Most notably, we spread out the wings and added hearts (after all, it is a love bug).💕🐞

First, we primed our rock with the FolkArt Color Shift paint.

Rather than painting a straight line to create the wings, we curved the line to create the illusion of the wings being spread. Inside that open space, we added colorful dots. Looking at the love bug, thinking that open space could have been painted the same color we painted the face (but, the dots are fun, too!).

We used Posca fine tip paint pens to add hearts in different colors and sizes, helping to differentiate this adorable bug from an ordinary ladybug painted rock. Just look at that iridescent finish the FolkArt Color Shine paint gives to this painted rock!

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Here's a video that shows the iridesence "in person". What do you think? Comment below!

Have you tried a love bug painted rock? Inspire other rock painters and share your creation, or comment below!

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Don't forget to seal your painted rocks!

Once you're ready to set your painted rock out to be found, make sure to seal it to protect it from the elements (most importantly, water). Our guide for what to use to seal painted rocks covers everything from how to seal your rocks to which paint pens to use so the sealer doesn't smear your artwork.

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