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Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint

Alright foodies this one is a little different than what I usually post. We will be using kitchen ingredients, however, we’re not going to eat it, we’re going to paint with it! That’s one way to have fun with your food right? This 2 ingredient (3 if you include water) chalk paint is a summer staple activity at our house. It’s a fun twist on regular side walk chalk, and also makes for more vibrant results on your driveway and sidewalks.

Ingredients:

1- 1 1/2 cups cornstarch
Food dye
1- 1/2 cups water

Additional supplies needed:

Muffin tin
Paint brushes

Method:

Whisk together the cornstarch and water until fully combined, it should look like watery milk and be very white. Evenly pour your cornstarch mixture into the cups of your muffin tin. Next, add a few drops of food coloring to each muffin cup. Stir to incorporate the color into your cornstarch mixture. Take your muffin tin of chalk paint outside, give the kids some paint brushes and let them go to town on the pavement.

   

We’ve been making this paint chalk for quite a few years now and I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to make yours more successful. I find using the gel food coloring works better than the liquid dropper. Also I like to leave a muffin tin cup or two just plain white for painting. If your driveway is black like ours, the white contrasts really nicely. I like to also be sure to bring a cup of water to rinse the paint brushes between colors. An array of sizes in paint brushes is good too. My toddler does better with the shorter, fatter paint brush handles, whereas my oldest prefers a smaller paintbrush for adding details to her artwork. The best part of this, it rinses off just like regular sidewalk chalk. So hose it off when you’re done, or wait until the next rain, the artwork will wash away no problem. Your muffin tins on the other hand, will need a good scrub once you’re done, so rinse them once you’re through painting.

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