Chalk is one of the most easily cleanable and inexpensive artistic mediums. Made from natural earthly elements, chalk has been used in many ways for thousands of years, going back to cave drawings. It was in the 1800s when large blackboards were invented and chalk was used for teaching lessons.
Now in the 21st century, we have new and improved chalk. It comes in so many colors; even 3-D sidewalk chalk is now available! With chalk being such a non-messy, cost-effective way for kids to express themselves, its use continues to thrive.
Follow these guidelines and you can make your own sidewalk chalk paint and you can turn any flat, paintable surface into a chalkboard:
Sidewalk Chalk paint:
What you need-
• Sidewalk chalk
• Cup to mix in
• Butter knife, or anything you want to use to shave the chalk sticks
• Paint brush
• Mixing stick
How to Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint:
1) Use knife to shave along the chalk. Collect the dust in a plastic cup.
2) Add water slowly and stir until you have a paint consistency. There is no real science used, if it will stick to a paint brush, it will work.
3) Add different colors of chalk dust to make your own custom colors.
4) Dip your brush and start making sidewalk art. Paint washes off with water just as regular chalk does.
How to Make a Paint-on Chalkboard:
What you need-
• Flat latex interior paint, any color you like
• Unsanded tile grout
• 150-grit sandpaper
• Painter’s tape
• Paint brush or roller, depending on the size of the area you are painting
• Paint stir sick
How to Mix it up:
1) Mix 1 cup paint to 2 Tbsp. unsanded grout. How much you mix will depend on the size of area you are covering. Stir thoroughly with a paint stick.
2) Prep area to be painted by cleaning the surface and taping the desired chalkboard area with painter’ tape.
3) Paint the chalkboard on just as you would any interior paint. Allow the paint to dry and repeat the process. You should have at least three coats of the chalkboard paint.
4) When the final coat is dry, remove the tape and smooth the area with 150-grit sandpaper.
5) To ready the chalkboard, swipe the side of a chalk stick over the entirety and wipe off with a sparsely damp sponge.
*Tips: You can paint these chalkboards just about anywhere.
- They make great calendars in an office. To make a calendar, tape off small squares and alternate two or more different colors.
- In a kids’ room, they make a wonderful, and virtually mess free doodle board.
- Paint one on the backside of a pantry door to create a to-do list or a grocery list.
There are so many ways to use this chalkboard paint to add fun and functionality anywhere you need, around the house. And when you want to play outside, you can continue the fun with your chalk paint on the sidewalk. Sidewalk chalk paint is also a great way to keep kids busy out of doors while you are trying to get your landscaping done. And the nicest part is the fact that it is water soluble so clean up is a snap.
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