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March 3, 2016

CHALK PAINT-ISH: A QUICKIE TUTORIAL

Hey chalk paint lovers, how many DIY recipes of this kind have you tried?  Well, you can chalk this one up to super simple and successful.  This recipe is suitable for small scale work batches and requires only two ingredients - gesso and powdered pigment.  Not only that, the final step of buffing your object for a smooth, touchable finish is achieved with your hands!  Yep, no paste wax - just a vigorous rubdown using the natural oils from your hands.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Doesn't this clay pot's surface look gorgeous?  It's ready to join my symphony of spring decor.

To achieve this look simply mix a plop of white gesso with a sprinkling of powdered tempera paint.  I have the basic primary colors on hand (red, blue, yellow) and custom mix my own hues.  I made a lemony hue for the first layer, and a limey one for the second layer.  Apply paint with a brush and let dry before applying your next coat.  Sand the surface smooth with fine grit sandpaper or sanding block, then give it the rubdown.  That's it!
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©Linda Nelson 2016
In my next post I will share with you how to make chippy eggs using a variation of this recipe.  Stay tuned..........

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©Linda Nelson 2016
And, get creative!

6 comments:

  1. brava Linda! mi piace molto la sfumatura di colore che hai ottenuto...
    lori

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  2. I love that look...I am on the lookout for powdered tempura paint now....

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    1. Thanks, Brooke. The consistency is incredible using just those two ingredients. I bet it would work great on some of the beads you make. You can also substitute artist grade colored chalk and simply use a knife to scrape the chalk into a powder form.

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  3. I love the way your pots turned out! And that chicken is so cute sitting there :)

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I hope you give this recipe a try and experiment on some of your paintable items.

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