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Monday, February 20, 2012

The Art of Drawing: Soggy Chalk

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The other day, I was talking with my hair stylist about this blog. During our conversation he mentioned that he & his son love to draw on the pavement with chalk after it rains. He explained that the colors are much more vibrant and the chalk can be smudged much better.

This sounded like a fun idea!

Since it is cold outside, I decided to try and bring this activity inside.

My first thought was to dip the chalks in water, kind of like a paint brush in paint.

The girls dipped and re-dipped the chalks in water. 

This approach was fun, the colors were definitely more vivid, and the girls loved using the chalks in the water, but it wasn't quite what I was  hoping for, so I went back to the drawing board. 

The next day, we tried our little experiment again. This time I soaked the chalks in water for about 10-15 minutes before we started drawing.

Eureka! This was what I was looking for! I even added in some foam brushes and old toothbrushes for smudging the chalk.

The drawings came out super cute, and most importantly they had a lot of fun doing it.

When we finished, I let the chalks dry out for a day or two, and they were good as new.

I'm thinking this would be a lot of fun in the summer with the sprinkler going...


  1. We love drawing with soggy chalk! I've heard if you soak it in sugar water it helps the color pop more

  2. We are definitely going to try that! Thanks!

  3. What a great idea! My son would love this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. There are really many ways to use your old toothbrush and this is a wonderful example of it.
    dentist laurel


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