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So during our Teaching Toddlers week on Sea Life I got super ambitious and decided I was going to paint the driveway with all of the creatures we talked about. Whales, fish, sharks, and jellyfish. And with time permitting, I would add some coral and sea-floor plants. Well in theory this idea was great, however, I didn’t get far before realizing it wasn’t going to work. Why? Because it rained and rained and rained. Ughhhhh. What did work though was my chalk paint. It was beautiful and saturated and vibrant and it went on so smoothly – like creamy smooth.
Pause for the Magic.
Okay, I am obviously super pumped about this paint – am I taking it too far? Haha! Anyway, all that you’ll need to get started with this project is:
- Food coloring
- Large paintbrush – avoid foam brushes as they will fall apart from the roughness of the concrete
- Cups, containers, or small bowls to mix in…if they have lids it will make it super easy to store the paint!
P.S. Most of the ingredients on list are used in making our DIY Bath Bombs as well – I just set you up for a whole weekend of fun!
Now for the mixing…
Just stir your water and cornstarch together until you get a creamy consistency. This really is just a guessing game – I’d say I probably used 3/4 cup of cornstarch to 1/2 cup of water. Note that the more cornstarch you add the more ashy your paint will be when it dries.
A helpful tip: Make a big batch of your cornstarch base and portion it out into multiple cups.
Then just add your food coloring and stir in until you get the desired color. I actually used icing food coloring which came in a lot of varying colors and made my paint oh so pretty.
Now for the best part…take your paintbrush and start creating masterpieces! When you’re finished feel free to pop a lid on the paint and throw it in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Next time you use it just be sure to shake or stir it up really well!
I’ve included a few photos of what we got done before the rain washed it all off of our driveway. Nevermind the kindergarten style artwork I drew, just appreciate the super vivid colors!
Please, please, PLEASE share pictures of your chalk art with us! We would love to post your driveway-Van Goghs on our blog…and of course we will credit you/link to your website!
Ways to Submit:
- Be sure to include your personal website/blog in your submission if you want credit!
- Tag us on Instagram @DIYandDinosaurs and use the hashtag #diyanddinosaurschalk
- Tag us on Twitter @DIYandDinosaurs and use the hashtag #diyanddinosaurschalk
- Upload your images to our Facebook page
- Email them to us at DIYandDinosaurs@gmail.com with the subject line: Homemade Chalk Paint
Because we have to put this… The short version is as follows: uploads must be appropriate, if we use your images on our site we will link them back to your provided website/blog when applicable, we can alter or adjust the images to better fit our site’s look as we see fit, and we may use your images on social media to help promote the site. Our full Terms of Service for submitting photos can always be found under the Legal tab on our website. Is that too lawyer-y? We hope not.