The Jaclyn Schaer Rock Painting Artist Interview is here. I love how vibrant her painted rocks are and the amount of detail that goes into each piece. I discovered Jaclyn on an art auction site, looking for the August rock giveaway.
The “Orcas Window” rock was simply so stunning…with all the amazing details. I had never seen anything like it before. What I love about her artwork is that it really makes you think about adding more design elements to your own artwork.
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Artist interviews will give you fresh ideas on painting rocks and techniques how to improve your skill set. Once you take a look at how adorable these rocks are, you’ll soon want to be painting some for yourself.
I have a rock painting group on Facebook called Rock Painting Ideas and Resources with over 22,000 members that you can get daily inspiration for rock painting.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and the art you create.
Hey I’m Jaclyn! I am a stay at home mother of 3 and the 5 of us currently Live in Washington state. I am one with MANY crafting hobbies! I started out painting murals in childrens rooms then I learned crocheting in my early 20’s when my 1st baby was born and started selling my hats on Etsy. Then I started making felt quietbooks which I absolutely love to make however they take several weeks to create because I sew them by hand. Then I began learning how to work a sewing machine, learned how to knit, made baby blocks, photography……..the list goes on, i think you get the idea. I just have a love for all things crafty.
How did you get started rock painting and how long have you been doing it?
As a child I was always artistic. My father and grandmother were painters so I think I snagged some of their creativeness. I first discovered rock painting 2 years ago when a friend told me about it. I instantly loved the idea! However I avoided it for a while because I have 3 kids a husband in school and kids I babysit. Not only did i feel I didn’t have the time but I already had too many darn hobbies! I just could not add another one! Well 1 1/2 years ago I gave in to the rock painting craze and i’m completely addicted! Oops!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
When I first started I got most of my ideas from Pinterest. However since I have started selling my work on Original Art Bid/Buy I have challenged myself with creating my own ideas and it has been a great learning and growing experience.
What has been your favorite rock you painted and why?
Oh my that would have to be my kracken rock. Its my favorite because it was the first time I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and I achieved something I never thought I could. So I guess i’m a little sentimental about it.
Do you like to jump from project or project or do you like to create clusters of themed stones?
I like to paint start to finish, however when I paint on shells I tend to paint them in batches. I do like to create series. My first series was 9 watercolor owl rocks that were very fun to create.
When you start a new series of rocks, do you sketch out the designs on paper or do you just start immediately on the stones?
I do both. if it is going to be a more complicated design then I will draw it out in pencil.
Where do you get the beautiful rocks you paint on?
Everywhere! My favorite place is the beach.
What are some of your other favorite supplies?
Oh my I have so many! #1 is my Posca Paint pens. I also love using watercolor pencils and Alcohol inks.
Is there a special tool you can’t live without? If so why?
Hands down my paint pens. I think it’s because i’m more of a drawer than a painter and the pens help me achieve the fine lines im looking for .
What is the most challenging part of being a rock painter?
Waiting for the paint to dry!
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I am currently working on a mermaid series.
How can people buy your artwork and find out more about you?
The best way to buy or see my artwork is to send me a message on my Facebook page “Schaer Talents”:
You can also visit “Original ART bid or buy” and see what I have up for auction:
I would like to thank Jaclyn for taking the time to share with us her ideas and techniques. If you want to get started on rock painting – check out the resources below.
Here’s how you get started on Rock Painting:
You want smooth flat rocks to create your masterpiece unless an unusual rock acts as the body of your art piece. Keep your artwork ideas in mind when selecting the perfect stones.
Make sure you’re able to remove stones from where you find them. Removing stones from National and state parks isn’t okay. Taking rocks from waterways can also be against the rules. It’s also illegal to take rocks from railroad tracks.
If you live in an area that it’s hard to find rocks, head over to your nearest home improvement center, landscape supply store and garden centers to purchase some. Amazon ships this 30 pound bag of rocks for a great price.
Paint won’t stick to dirty rocks. A smooth surface is what we’re aiming for, so washing your rocks in warm water and soap will ensure that. You might want scrub it with an old toothbrush to make sure all debris is removed. Allow rocks to dry before painting.
If there is any light bumps or grit on your rock, you can sand using 150 grit sandpaper.
For best results, you’ll want to prime your rocks especially if the rock is pitted. This gesso primer is perfect for smooth results. You can find out more here.
Use acrylic patio paint for best results if you will be hiding your rocks outside. Adding a white layer before painting the color you want makes it pop. Let each layer of paint dry before applying the next layer. You can find acrylic patio paints here.
Shift paint is paint that shifts color as you look at what you painted. Shift paint can be found here.
6) Paint Brushes
A selection of various sized paint brushes will help you create the perfect look you are going for. This set has an amazing variety of sizes. They say watercolor paint brushes, but work wonderfully with acrylic paint. You can find them here.
Adding text with markers is easier than painting words. Through trial and error, I have found that Posca Markers work best for rock painting. Make sure you look at the tip size before purchasing to make sure you have the right size. I use the Ultra thin tip for outlining and writing words. You can find them here.
You could also buy this amazing set on Amazon. It’s the BUNDLE SET.
8) Fineline Applicator
This Fineline Applicator lets you control your artwork. You can find a set here.
These Fineline Applicator tops easily screw on to your paint. You can find them here.
Dotting tools make perfectly round dots. You can find a set on Amazon for an AMAZING price.
Here’s an inexpensive set of dotting tools and paint brushes combined. You can find them here.
This is one of the most important steps to rock painting. All that hard work that you put into your stone would be wasted with any type of moisture. You want a seal that won’t curdle if the stones are subject to the outdoor weather. Krylon Colormaster Spray is what I use. Two thin coats works best.
11) Brush Cleaner
How many have us have been guilty of not cleaning our brushes right away and throwing out a rarely used brush because of it? Soak your paint brushes in this and you’ll never have to do that again.
12) Brush Stand
It’s important to stay organized while you’re painting rocks. This wonderful paint brush stand will have your brushes ready when you want to paint. You can find it here.
If you have a special rock that you want to display, you’ll need a display stand. You can find the three prong tulip display stand here. (The price is for 6 stands.)
Here are my favorite books on rock painting. You can’t beat the price and you learn so many different styles. The Art of Stone Painting is a treasure chest full of amazing art that teaches you to create them too. You can find it here.
Mandala Stones will teach you how to master your dotting. You can find it here.
Art on the Rocks: 35 Rock Painting Projects and Tips. You can find it here.
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