Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Before we moved, way back when we used to have a side walk outside our front door, we spent a lot of time creating art with sidewalk chalk. I saw this pin one day though, and decided it was time to mix things up a bit. Using just a few simple ingredients that we already had around the house, we whipped up some side walk paint and headed out into the sunshine. I didn't have any paint brushes that were big enough (or that I was willing to allow to be destroyed), so I just cut up a sponge from the dollar store into strips and those did the job.
Please excuse the less-than-stellar photography, all I had handy this day was my phone. 
This was such a fun activity. The colors were SO vibrant, and it was fun to see the texture of the paint as it dried. It kind of pops off the cement giving it something of a 3-D look. It is also very smooth once dry so it feels neat to walk on it with bare toes. I was slightly concerned about the food coloring staining the cement, but it came right off without any problems. The sponges weren't ideal for the job of paint brush, the paint tended to collect and harden in the ends of the sponges, but they worked good enough for us.
 This was a really fun activity, and if we still had any cement in our yard I think this would be something we repeated frequently. Alas, I now live in the mountains and only have things like grass and flowers and birds and deer and trees in my front yard, but somehow we survive (sarcasm, in case you couldn't tell. We LOVE LOVE LOVE it here!!!).
What a fun way to express one's creative side, enjoy some sunshine, and work those finger muscles all at the same time!