Thursday, June 27, 2013

Camp Summer: Chalk Paint

Homemade sidewalk chalk is all over the Internet. Some use plaster of paris and toilet paper rolls, which result in giant pieces of chalk. Yesterday we tried out the paint recipe. I had been saving my liquid creamer containers for a while now, but these were WAY too big for the recipe. Each color only filled the bottom about a half inch up. But they did make mixing easy (just close the lid and shake) and it also helped with moving them outside without spills.  

The colors we ended up with:

You'd think that red would be a no-brainer, but no matter how many drops of food coloring I put in, it still looked pink. 

I gathered up a handful of brushes and we headed outside, into the humidity and overcast. 

We found that the large paint brush and sponge brushes worked best. The only problem is, they soak up the paint FAST. And you have to wait for the paint to dry before you get the really bright colors. 

Next time, we need a much bigger batch of paints, and more big brushes for everyone. 

Clean-up involves the kids getting soaked with the hose. After they were all in dry clothes and inside, they snuggled up on the floor in front of the tv with their snack bags and fruit punch. I had put the baggies together earlier that morning, putting in a variety of pretzels, popcorn and chips. 

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