Your Guide to the Painted Rock Trend

by Joe N. Pollifrone 01/03/2022

Photo by Jadson Thomas from Pexels

Have you been walking through a local park or along the street downtown and stumbled upon a brightly colored painted rock? These painted rocks have been appearing in the most unlikely of places over the last several years and it doesn't seem like the trend is dying down anytime soon. Sometimes referred to as kindness rocks, the premise of the program is simple. You paint a rock, hide it somewhere for an unsuspecting stranger to find and hope that it makes their day a little brighter.

There are very few crafts that bring together people of all ages, interest levels, abilities and locations, but this one defies the odds! Here is everything you need to know about painted rocks:

What are Painted Rocks and Why Did This Movement Begin?

Painted rocks are fairly self-explanatory - they are simply stones that are painted by people who want to share an inspiring or motivational message with a stranger. This movement began as a way to spread joy in a surprising and unexpected way. It quickly caught on and has now become a tradition in neighborhoods across the country. People of all ages, from young children to elderly adults, have found that painting rocks is therapeutic and they appreciate knowing that someone else who finds the rock will enjoy a bright spot in their day.

What You Need to Get Started with Rock Painting

Rock painting is the best craft for any beginner, because you need very few supplies. Here's what you should have on hand:

  • Stones of all shapes and sizes. You can have large rocks that can accommodate a full-scale painting, or you could opt for pebbles that are more suited to one or two colors. Any stone will work, but most people prefer flat stones that allow them to paint a picture or craft a message on the surface.
  • Paints in a variety of colors. Any paint will work fine, and you can get as creative as you would like.
  • Sealant. Sometimes, it's a good idea to seal the rocks after you paint them so your art work does not wash off if it rains or does not fade in the sunshine.

Don't forget to bring your imagination along for your rock painting session. It takes a certain amount of creativity to envision what type of art work should be placed on a rock.

Fun Ideas for Your Own Painted Rocks

If you need a few ideas to help you get started, you're in luck. Here are a few suggestions for your own painted rocks:

  • Paint a rainbow.
  • Write your favorite song lyric in your favorite color.
  • Draw an emoji face on the rock.
  • Paint a single inspiring word, such as "Peace" or "Joy."
  • Paint an animal on the surface that is shaped similar to the rock you have found.

When you find a painted rock, you have two choices: To hide it again for someone else to discover or to keep it for yourself and enjoy. Many homeowners are finding that painted rocks make the ideal addition to their garden and lawn decor. Some have created quite the collection, and people can always rely on their one-of-a-kind rocks to bring a smile to their faces.

About the Author

Joe N. Pollifrone

For over 30 years, Joe Pollifrone has practiced real estate full-time as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California. Joe’s vast sales experience includes duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, apartment buildings, land, condominiums, townhomes, fixer-uppers, estate properties, and bank-owned properties (REOs). He also is active in selling non-owner occupied properties and is well-versed in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, property management, tenant/landlord issues, and local laws. During Joe’s career to date, he has sold in excess of $200,000,000 of real estate, including over $32,000,000 in REOs. 

Joe brought his deep experience to Sereno Group Willow Glen as a Broker Associate in 2012. He was the Sales Manager and lead a top-producing office. Joe would mentor new Sereno hires, making sure that they’re comfortable with the ethos of the office, plugged into Sereno’s network of contacts, and well-versed in the technology required of today’s real estate professionals. 

Joe prides himself on his proven ability to negotiate, extensive knowledge of contracts, and securing close of escrows in a timely manner. Both he and his clients credit his success to effective communication skills, honesty, and hard work. Joe is a native of San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-seven years, Kimi, his daughters Milan and Micaela and their two Goldendoodles, Tony-Luca and Marco.