Everything You Need to Know About DIY Chalk Paint
Every artist knows how important it is to have a creative outlet. Creativity not only forces us to work our artistic muscles, but it also makes for a therapeutic stress reliever. No matter your age, crafting allows you to wipe away all the tension that accumulates over the course of the day.
Instead of reaching for the traditional paint set the next time you’re overwhelmed, you should give chalk paint a try! Unlike the solid version, chalk paint lets you decorate sidewalks, chalkboards, and walls with ease. It’s simple, relaxing fun for the whole family! Continue reading for everything you need to know about making and using DIY chalk paint.
H2: What You’ll NeedLuckily, you won’t have to go running to the store in search of chalk paint materials. Here’s everything you’ll need, most of which is probably in your kitchen cupboard or free for you to download:
- Cornstarch (two cups)
- Water (two cups)
- Large bowl
- Food coloring
- Utensils for stirring
- Muffin pan (with about six cups)
- Printable sidewalk stencils, chalkboard stencils, and letters and numbers stencils
- Scissors or a precision knife
H2: DIY Instructions
Making chalk paint is as easy and relaxing as doing the craft itself. For every project, you simply need to follow a handful of steps:
- Stir together the cornstarch and water in a large bowl until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour the mixture into each cup of your muffin pan, making sure the amounts are even.
- Add a few drops of different food coloring to each cup to create various shades.
- Download, print, and cut out the Apartment Guide stencils using scissors or a precision knife.
- Grab your paint-filled muffin pan, stencils, and paintbrushes and go to your canvas of choice.
H2: Ways to Use Chalk PaintThere are a ton of ways your entire family can enjoy the peaceful fun of chalk paint. For the kids, here are some projects they can pursue:
- Use the many options on the sidewalk stencils to create animals, landscapes, and other masterpieces.
- Boost knowledge of letters, numbers, and shapes outside the classroom by practicing with the letters and numbers stencils and the shapes on the sidewalk stencils.
- Invite friends and family to play hopscotch and four square by painting lines on concrete and using the letters and numbers stencils.
Creative expression is great for the kids, and adults can benefit from the relaxing effects of chalk paint too. Check out these ideas for older artists:
- Use the letters and numbers stencils to create schedules, menus, and to-do lists for the family.
- Color a wall with chalkboard paint for a designated chalk painting space in the home.
- Design unique wall art using the letters and numbers stencils and the simple designs on the chalkboard stencils.
H2: Do’s and Don’ts of Chalk PaintingBefore you start your chalk painting projects, there are a few dos and don’ts you need to know. Here are some chalk painting dos:
- Do add some water if your paint looks too thick or add a bit of cornstarch if it appears too watery.
- Do have patience. Chalk paint might look like water when you first apply it, but the color comes once it dries.
- Do use thin layers of paint. Painting in multiple layers can make your project crust and peel once it dries.
- On the other hand, here are some things to avoid:
- Don’t wait to use your chalk paint. It doesn’t keep well, so be sure to finish your paint on the day you make it.
- Don’t worry if your chalk paint gets on clothes or other surfaces. It’ll wash out like magic.
- Don’t be afraid to get creative. We’ve suggested some ways you can use your paint, but the options are endless.
After learning the materials, instructions, ideas, and tips for chalk painting, you should know everything you need to get started. Enjoy the fun, stress-relieving benefits of chalk paint!