September rock painting challenge | 30 ideas

rock painting challenge for September

It's here! 30 rock painting ideas, one for each day of September. Each month, we provide rock painting ideas so you can spend more time painting and less time thinking of designs to paint. Challenge yourself to try one design a day and share with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter what you've worked on!

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This month's challenge includes fun designs such as puns, celebration as the football season kicks off and video games. It also recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. We encourage you to paint rocks with encouraging messages and place throughout your community. You never know how finding a message like "You Matter" may be just the words of encouragement someone might need to see.

We highlight some design ideas (with the full challenge list below).


For the love of books!

September 6 is National Read a Book Day. It's a day to celebrate reading and encourages everyone to grab their favorite book and share the love of reading.

To celebrate, we painted rocks featuring some of our favorite characters from books. Comment below — what's your favorite book? 📚

First up, the Big Nate comic series "follows the adventures and misadventures of Nate Wright, a spirited and rebellious sixth-grader", according to Wikipedia. Give it a read yourself with this Big Nate Triple Play Box Set and see why kids (and, adults) all over the world are laughing at Nate's antics.

Big Nate painted rock

Another favorite series of ours is Elephant and Piggie, by Mo Willems. The series for early readers includes messages of friendship, sharing and overall fun. We especially love the character, pigeon, and the quote designs highlighted below offer opportunities for your own message of kindness. Elephant & Piggie Biggie Volume 2 includes five lovable stories and the finger puppets make story-time come alive!

painted rocks featuring Mo Willems character pigeon from Elephant & Piggie series


For the love of video games

Whether you're old-school and favor arcade games of the past like Pac Man or Tetris or like to challenge yourself with newer games like Minecraft or Super Mario Maker 2 for Nintendo Switch, there's a video game for everyone. Comment below — what's your favorite video game? 🎮

nintendo painted rocks

You Matter

September 10 is is World Suicide Prevention Day. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), every year, suicide is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.  The purpose of World Suicide Prevention Day is to, on a global level, raise awareness for mental health and to educate that it can be prevented.

Hear GoRock co-founder, Michele, discuss with Family Life Radio how a "You Matter" painted rock can be just the right message someone needs to see during a difficult time. "You Matter" was the 2018 theme for Word Rocks Project's International Drop a Rock Day.

you matter painted rocks

Perhaps you've seen a semicolon — maybe someone with a tattoo on their wrist or the design on a painted rock. According to Project Semicolon, the semicolon "is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life."

If you have thoughts of suicide or know someone who does, there's help.

In the United States, call 1-800-273-8255 or visit for help.

In Canada, call 1-833-456-4566, text 45645 or visit for help.

In Australia, call 13 11 14 or visit for help.

In New Zealand, text "Help" to 4357 or call 0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or visit

In Europe, there are crisis centers to help.


We first gave silhouettes a try when we had leftover paint and didn't want it to go to waste. We had orange and red in our paint tray and thought it was the perfect opportunity to give this design a try.

The nice thing about painting silhouettes is the level of creativity. The technique is all about blending colors for a background that will allow your main design (often painted in black) to really "pop". We found the fine tip Posca paint pens to be especially helpful with drawing fine lines and details.

These are some designs we tried for our first attempt. We're looking forward to trying more!

One of our members, Nyle, creates beautiful silhouette designs on painted rocks. See some of her designs and be inspired to try your own!



This step-by-step rock painting tutorial shows you how to paint an adorable turtle.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

We've probably included ice cream in a previous monthly challenge, but it's worth including again because ... who doesn't like ice cream?!

While acrylic paint and brushes work fine, we especially like fine tip Posca paint pens because they allow for nice detail work (like the colorful sprinkles!) We finished with DecoArt DuraClear acrylic varnish, which adds a nice shine. Bonus — it's brushable, which means it can be used indoors year-round because no smelly fumes.

Comment below — what's your favorite ice cream flavor? 🍦Ours is a toss-up between coffee and butter pecan.

ice cream cone painted rock
Posca paint pens create crisp lines when painting rocks

Challenge yourself to a design-a-day

30 rock painting ideas for September

Share your rock painting creations!

Did you try any of these fun rock painting ideas? We’d love to see your painted rock designs. Post on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@GoRockFun) and share what you’re working on.

GoRock isn't your ordinary rock painting group

Paying it forward, one painted rock at a time. is a global rock painting community where:

  • see on a map where your painted rocks travel and spread kindness
  • be notified when your painted rocks are found
  • read stories from those who have found your painted rocks
  • it's easy for rock finders to post they've found a rock (no social media required)
  • your painted rocks lead to donations to charity. Learn more about our Rock It Forward program where we're paying it forward, one painted rock at a time.


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