Liquid Sidewalk Chalk Recipe (sidewalk chalk paint)

Well, I was really excited to have my first post be a project that I’ve been waiting for spring to do. It requires spray painting, and with the 70 degree weather we were having, I was all ready to go… but then… we got a blizzard.. in April! We got dumped on with over 10 inches of snow, and it snowed for 3 days. So.. that project is going to have to wait, and I’ll just share something from last spring with you!

LIQUID SIDEWALK CHALK (sidewalk chalk paint)

This is a really old recipe that’s been floating around, but I wanted to share our experience with it.

What you need:

The Recipe
1. 1/2 cup water
2. 1/2 cup cornstarch
3. food coloring
The Extras
4. stirring utensils
5. one big container and several small containers to divide your different colors – this could be anything from an ice cube tray, to muffin tin, to random old plastic food tubs, like the yogurt or sour cream containers.
6. foam cutouts, foam brushes, spray bottles, tennis balls – any kind of painting utensil you can think of – the more unique the better.
7. shaving cream or toothpaste to clean up your little one’s/s’ skin.

The Directions
(click on pictures to make them larger)

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Pour the water and cornstarch into a large bowl.

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Stir until all the lumps are gone.

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Divide into smaller containers.  We used recycled deli meat tubs.  Then add your colors and stir!
I HIGHLY suggest using Wilton gel color or neon food coloring to get vibrant colors!

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You should have a nice rainbow of colors when you’re done.  Don’t forget to leave one white!

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Start painting, stamping, spraying, throwing.. whatever!.. and make your masterpiece!

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M was really proud of his artwork!  I can’t wait to see what he does this year!
Happy painting!  I hope the start of your spring is much warmer than mine. 🙂

~soak a tennis ball and bounce it around for fun splatter paint.
~fill a spray bottle and make chalk mist.
~the paint won’t look really bright to start, but it dries so fast and turns out great!

Clean Up
If you or the artist/s have food coloring on your skin, rinse well under cold water, and then use plain shaving cream or toothpaste to wash it right off.  The shaving cream even works on clothes!


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