Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DIY: Chalkboard Painted Cups Using Poster Paint

DIY Chalkboard paint was hot in Pinterest in 2012 and I took part in that craze and painted wine bottles and pumpkins with it for a Halloween centerpiece I did for my daughter's school's halloween party. They were a hit.

So this time, I thought of doing it again but for the cups I over-bought last Christmas. The thing is though, all, and I mean ALL the tutorials I've read on how to make chalkboard paint only use acrylic paint. Not that I have anything against it, it's just that it's quite an inconvenience for me at the moment because I only have poster paint here at home, and it's staring at me, raising its hand and screaming "use me, use me!!!". 

Thought bubble formed, lightbulb flickered, gears winded. I went for it. And yep, it worked! Yay! Read on to find out how I did it.

Here's what I used:
Borax (You can get this in your hardware store) - Sifted
Poster Paint - Used half a bottle of it, scooped and placed in a plastic container, mixed with 1/4 cup of water
Paint Brush
Popsicle Sticks for mixing and CUPS!

Here we go:

I sifted the borax to get rid of the lumps that are a pain to mix with anything liquid, this way, mixing becomes breezy. The poster paint was already mixed in with the water in the picture below. I just scooped half a bottle of the paint and dissolved it into the water. I did not mix the paint in directly to the 1/4 cup of water, I poured in and gauged the amount as I went. I went for a semi thick consistency before I put the borax in.

Then I just mixed and mashed them together using my paintbrush. I must say that the consistency of the whole mixture was way better than mixing acrylic and borax directly together - which was thin and runny. The turnout of this was semi thick and lovely and felt more right. LOL. Ok, moving on.

It's just a matter of being patient with painting. At first, the bubbles freaked me out but as I continued, they just kind of magically disappeared. 

And this, my friends, is how they look like when dry. Gorgeous aren't they? Took me 15 minutes tops to get them dry and have my hands all over them. So I took my store-bought chalk, summoned the 7-year old in me and decorated them!

Tadaa! Plan to give some of these to my close friends for kickstarting their new year. So there, I hope you like them and you find this useful. What else do you think can be painted with these poster colour-chalkboard paint? Any ideas?

Keep safe everyone!

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