Monday, July 16, 2012
Sidewalk Chalk Painting
This method has stolen my heart of late. It's ridiculously easy, which is a huge boon for any mom, and yet so versatile. Who knew that adding just a touch of sugar to some water and soaking plain old sidewalk chalk would be so darn fun and unique?
The basic idea is this: soaking chalk in a sugar/water solution causes it to soften and become a medium much in line with pastel crayons that can be used on the driveway or on paper. My favorite part about this project was doing some drawing myself. I loved the smooth glide of the chalk across the page- I had total control as I would with a pencil, but was able to blend colors as I would with paint.
Here are the steps:
Add a few tablespoons of sugar to a dish. (I doubled the recipe, so my measurements were a bit larger.) This is not an exact science.
I can't tell you how much fun it was to discover what our "paint" would be like after each 10 minute interval. I suggest you begin with lots of chalk if your children are curious about the different consistencies of their art medium, and how that impacts their products, because we wound up making several batches of sugar/water and starting the process over a few times because in our zeal we used all the chalk within 20 minutes!
Please give this a try and let me know if it got your creative juices flowing as it did mine!