Liquid Chalk For Blackboards – Remember way back when there were chalk markers, before vinyl sticker chalks, before blackboards took over the world? Your options were basically limited to using chalk sticks on a slate-like board. I don’t even remember the chalk art. Now, it’s everywhere! Fashion has taken over and it couldn’t be more fun and exciting.
I recently came across another new twist on chalkboard art. It’s called Liquid Chalk and it’s made by Plaid & Martha Stewart Crafts. Leave it to Martha Stewart and her creative team to come up with this innovative product. It is very interesting. One thing that surprised me is that the liquid chalk is only available in white….only white. How can this be? I needed paint and I needed it fast!!!
Liquid Chalk For Blackboards
I was making a Fourth of July sign and needed some red white and blue! I decided to give it a try and got my own color version. To my surprise, it was actually quite easy to do. Read on and I’ll show you how you can create my own version of liquid chalk in any color you can imagine!
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Using a cheese grater or Microplane grind the chalk into a fine powder. Although most chalks are non-toxic, I would recommend choosing small birds for crafts only.
Add a gel hand sanitizer. You want the consistency of thick pancake syrup. Thin, watery chalk will bleed under stencils and silk screens. If you go overboard and add too much hand sanitizer, you just have to remove more chalk. Mix well until well combined.
Experiment with as many colors as you like. Make sure it is stored in airtight containers. If the chalk dries out, you can add alcohol or more water.
Now you are ready to start spreading your chalk paint Use a brush, credit card, or your fingers to “pull” the chalk paint onto the silk screen.
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Liquid chalk writes and erases on any blackboard just like chalk would. If you don’t have a board you can easily make your own. I’ve made chalkboard faces on everything from ceramic mugs to cardboard. There are many chalkboard color options available recently. I really like Rust-Oleum chalk paint. It dries to a very smooth finish and works well with chalk markers that can sometimes be difficult to erase. If you want to make your own chalkboard paint, I have some great “recipes” over at Salvaged Inspirations. One of the recipes even uses regular household baking soda. How wonderful is this!