Chalk Paint

 

We’ve made and enjoyed homemade sidewalk chalk before. We’ve even tried gold and silver sidewalk chalk. While E always had fun with it, it’s undeniable that it takes a lot of liquid watercolors or food coloring to make vibrant colors with the popular cornstarch-based recipe, and it can be hard to use it with a regular paintbrush.

We had a medium-sized collection of broken up store-bought chalk, so we decided to try a different recipe from Learn Play Imagine to make a very vibrant homemade Chalk Paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

(E was 4 years and 3 months old.)

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Materials for vibrant homemade chalk paint:

  • Chalk sticks – broken up preferred.
  • Water.
  • Ziploc baggies.
  • Hammer or mallet (optional).

 

 

 

We gathered our materials, and E sorted the bits of chalk by color into the Ziploc baggies.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

We chose to put white and yellow together since we didn’t have much of either color.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

We decided to go without a hammer or mallet, and crushed the chalk with our feet. E stomped and even jumped on the bags, but turning the chalk into a powder was a lot harder than I’d expected. {Admittedly, we had jumbo chalk sticks…}

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

E’s efforts hardly made a dent, and even my legs got really tired pretty fast. We didn’t get everything crushed into a powder but decided to give it a go anyway with some larger pieces still in the bags.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

E gently poured the crushed chalk into applesauce cups. At first, I thought they were too small, but we were able to make plenty of chalk paint and still had lots of crushed chalk left over for another project.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients! 

 

E added a small amount of water to each applesauce cup

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

 

and stirred with a chopstick.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

I removed some of the bigger pieces but it didn’t really make a difference. The sort of pale powder chalk turned into nice vibrant chalk paint pretty much immediately. The blue and red turned out especially nice, while there was just a tiny bit too much water in the yellow and green.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

The first stroke with a paintbrush proved that we’d reached our goal – it looked great!

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

I got into the chalk paint fun, too, and painted a vibrant red heart. E decided to fill it in – and discovered once again that painting with blue over wet red paint makes purple 🙂

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

E really enjoyed all the vibrant colors!

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

Sure, the yellow wasn’t all that {not yet, anyway – keep reading!} but it was just fun to paint the backyard with a paintbrush!

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

Even Baby N wanted to get in on it 😉

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

As the paint was drying {and the sun was going down 😉 }, it changed to very intense pastel hues. Once the paint had dried completely, even the yellow and green became a lot more intense.

 

Art for Kids: Homemade vibrant chalk paint that can be applied smoothly with a paintbrush! Requires only two ingredients!

 

 

 

Have you tried making chalk paint or sidewalk chalk? Which recipe did you use? What were your results? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. It looks like you had a great time crushing the chalks!

  2. This looks so fun! We haven’t done chalk paint before, but I’m eager to try it once things start warming up here. I think my boys would have a blast. I love how the chalk looked as it started to dry. I’m visiting from Good Tips Tuesday 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you like it, Ellen – it was really really fun! I bet your boys will love it, too! Let me know how it goes if you try it!

  3. We have a ton of bits and pieces of sidewalk chalk. This looks like a great way to use it. I’m going to add this to my Arts and Crafts board on Pinterest so I can remember it.
    ✿April✿

  4. Such a fun idea. We love drawing with chalk and now you’ve given us a great idea to use up all the odd ends. Thank you 🙂

  5. Dganit Platt says:

    How fun that the kids get to stomp in the chalk! A constructive way to get out their energy. Loved how the kids learned throughout the process–like how E played with mixing the colors to discover how to make purple! I’m curious–does chalk paint wash away as easily as regular chalk? Either way, it looks like you all had great fun!

    1. Thank you, Dganit! This was great fun, and E didn’t even realize she was learning 🙂 The chalk paint washed away very easily, we had no problems with it at all.