1. What you need to use to create a Chalk Board!
When making a chalkboard it is essential to use an ultra-Matte paint that has a flat, chalky feel so that you can achieve that traditional dusty, chalk look successfully. The ultra-Matte chalk finish is the first key step. The chalky finish allows the chalk to easily sit on the board and makes erasing off actually happen. Dixie Belle Paint Company makes a Chalk Mineral Paint that not only provides you with 64 different chalky, flat color options but the key foundation to creating a beautiful chalkboard.
2. Some Helpful tips when using chalkboard paint!
Besides having a firm foundation of using an ultra- matte finish on the base, there are a few tips we suggest when creating a chalkboard finish.
1) If creating your chalkboard on a slick surface we recommend you use some sand paper to rough it up or a product like Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paints Slick Stick. You want to make sure the paint can set in to the surface.
2)After you have archived your chalkboard look you will want to make sure you "season" the board by rubbing it all over with traditional chalk. This step gives the board a top coat and extra layer of "chalkiness". Think of this step as similar to cooking.... the longer the chalk sits and cures the better and may need to be repeated over time.
3) After your board has been sealed you can begin using your chalkboard with traditional chalks!
3. Heads Up!!!
A couple things to avoid during the project is Do not seal the board with any top coat or wax. If you are wanting the board to be erasable you will want to make sure you are using traditional chalk sticks or chalk pens.... not paint pins!
Dixie Belle Paint Company products can be used to make endless chalkboard projects! It is safe and non- toxic for all to use which makes it great for children to join in and paint their outdoor toys, scooters, doll houses etc.! Adults love using it to make reminder boards, holiday gifts, painted furniture and more!
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If you are anything like my family we have run out of our store bought chalk and due to the Covid19 Pandemic we will not be going into the stores to find more! Yes, we could order online but..... I need an activity to entertain them now! So, we are going to combine a little art, a little science and a lot of fun to make our very own sidewalk chalk! Don't Panic....it really is not that difficult to do and my kids aged toddler and up love it! You probably have most of the supplies around your home! Let's Check.....
2-3 Tablespoons of Washable Tempera Paint
1/2 Cup Water
3/4 Cup Plaster of Paris
Mold (Toilet paper role, soap box, toy, container etc.)
Zip Lock Bag (optional)
Step 1: Put 2-3 Tablespoons of Washable Paint in a Bowl for mixing
Step 2: Add 1/2 Cup of Water
Step 3: Add 3/4 a cup of Plaster of Paris
Mix all together well!
Step 4: To prepare your mold make sure to line with parchment or wax Paper so that the chalk wont dry to the cardboard etc.!
Step 5: Pour or scoop your chalk into the molds!
Step 6: Let Dry 12-15 Hours... It is important for it dry completely or it will crumble
Step 7: Enjoy Creating Your Masterpiece!
We hope this helps you create a little happy in your day!