Late last week, we made sidewalk chalk paint, a pinterest inspired project.
We followed a recipe from All things Simple, mixing equal part cornstarch and water and then adding the food coloring. One of my older boys pointed out that this is almost the exact same recipe for Ooobleck, a Dr. Suess inspired concoction pinging around the internet and cropping up in primary school science classes. He also used the phrase “non-Newtonian fluid” – he must have been paying attention when they made it at school.
With much excitement, including some squealing and jumping up and down, we headed outside to paint.
The results were mixed. Going on, the paint was transparent and it only became opaque and chalky as it dried. Perhaps this says something about my two younger children, but they found this delay a bit unsatisfying. Grumbling ensued.
We were painting on our driveway made of brick-colored pavers and a stone path, and these dark surfaces might have muted the colors initially. The effect might be more immediate, more satisfying on a spanking new white sidewalk.
No matter. They found a fun way to play with the paint, splattering it, Jackson Pollock style.
Later, we did a quick internet search on Jackson Pollock and came across jacksonpollock.org this amazing intuitive and fun website which allowed them to “paint” Jackson Pollock style by computer, switching colors with the click of the mouse. Fun indeed.
4 thoughts on “Sidewalk chalk paint and Jackson Pollock”
Lovely idea – anything that involves splatting is bound to be a success! Their computer painted Pollock is fab – I’d buy that fabric:-)
So true, Catherine – splattering is almost always successful. I hope you clicked through and tried your own computer splatter painting. Its really fun!
Sounds like fun, my youngest son (who is 23!) would definitely be up for this 🙂
ha ha… its was fun and I’m sure someone a little bigger could make something really interesting with it!