How to Paint a Ladybug Rock

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Are you looking for an easy animal painting for beginners? Great! DIY painted ladybug rocks have become in vogue to rock painters. 

Hence, I have made up my mind to make ladybug rocks for the garden. These designs are simple to create but still have a wow factor. Then I love to show you how to paint a ladybug rock.

The painted ladybug rocks are ideal for kids because of the combination of easy painting techniques and drawing.

Painted Lady Bug Rocks Ideas

The project is in the need list of animal rock painting ideas because this dead easy approach to rock painting is perfect for kids. 

I really hope you will enjoy reading this easy ladybug rock painting tutorial and creating ladybugs made from rocks during the springtime. 

Let’s dive in, and the cute creatures are going to melt your heart!

Supplies Needed

  • Smooth surface rocks or pebbles (ideally round or oval in shape)
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Paintbrush (larger and detail brushes)
  • Dotting tool optional)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Outdoor sealer 

Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Paint a Rock to Look Like a Ladybug

Since creativity has endless possibilities, there are various ways to make ladybugs suitable for your taste. 


I wash my rocks to remove dirt and dry them thoroughly before painting to ensure the project runs smoothly.

If you don’t want to mess up your workspace, I recommend you lay down some pieces of newspaper. 

Tutorial 1: Easy Ladybug Rock Painting

This ladybug pebble art tutorial is a fantastic way to start rock painting!

Start by priming the rock with a white basecoat. This makes the colors brighter.

Then paint the whole rock red and leave it to dry completely.

Tip: It is unnecessary to paint the underside of the rock if it will be placed in the ground.

Take a medium-sized paintbrush and black paint to color one tip of the rock.

Tip: As this black detail will be the ladybug’s head, I cover one-third or one-fourth of the rock.

Continue to draw a line down the middle of the rock with black paint or black marker.

Add some small and big round black spots on its body. 

Tip: To paint the spots more easily, flip the handle end of the paintbrush or a pencil, dip into the paint, and dot onto the wings for spots.

Use a paintbrush to form two eyes. The bigger the eyes are, the more adorable the ladybug is.

Then, take blue and black paint to create irises and pupils for the “lady”.

Use a fine detail paintbrush to create a pair of tiny antennae of the ladybug rock.

To make the ladybug more adorable, I love to decorate it with a small flower. 

Spray a coat of sealer to protect the design.

And “she” is ready to sit in the garden. 

I also love to make an army of colored painted ladybug rocks.

Tutorial 2: Ladybug Mandala Rock

To make a ladybug mandala, paint the entire rock black and allow the paint to dry.

Use a pencil to trade the design softly. Actually, You don’t need to do that, but I realize it makes my project flow easier.

Then, dip a dotting tool into the paint to make the curved lines separating the head from the ladybug’s body.

Make two white dots for the ladybug’s eyes with a large-sized dotting tool. Also, add a dot for the center of the mandala.

Tip: Use the flat eraser side of your pencil to do this step if you don’t have a dotting tool of this size.

Continue to embellish the eyes by painting the irises green and pupils with black. 

Use a smaller-sized dotting tool to paint eyelashes.

Tip: Straightened-out paperclips or toothpicks work great for this.

Start creating a mandala with the smallest dots around the biggest-centered dot. 

Next, add larger dots opposite the small ones. Do this until you cover the wings of the ladybug. Try to keep the spaces between dots evenly.

Gradually change the color of the paint when working outwards.

Tip: Create different shades of one color by mixing in various amounts of white.

Every time I change color, I put a dot onto the center dot.

Tip: Recommend you layer different shades of dots nicely, which creates a 3D effect.

Give additional tiny dots between the spaces of the colored dots. It helps colors pop and gives extra depth.

Finish off the cute pet ladybug rock with a coat of sealer.

So fun to create a bunch of ladybird mandala rocks!

Can I Add Googly Eyes to My Ladybug Rocks?

Certainly, you can. However, for the project, since I place my lady painted rocks outside all year long, I prefer to paint eyes for them. 

Aside from that, you are recommended not to use googly eyes as when “these ladies” are kept outside, the weather will eventually ruin glue.

Is It Necessary to Get a Dotting Tool for Ladybug Mandala Rock?

Actually, no! There are lots of other things that can work well as dotting tools in different sizes. 

A toothpick, bamboo skewer, cotton buds, or handle end of the pencil.

Rummage through your home a bit; you are going to be amazed at what you can come up with. 

Handle with Messing up Ladybugs Made from Rocks

You are in the mood for doing rock art. Unfortunately, you mess up the design by chance. Don’t give up!

You can absolutely fix it while the paint is still wet by washing it away or wiping it off. Take a piece of wet wipe or paper towel and clean it easily. 

Because I succeeded in doing that, so count on me!

Have a super-duper creation!

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