We saw a really expensive mural that we loved on the internet, but didn't want to spend that much money. I recently learned about chalkboard paint on this website no less and BAM!!! it hit me why can't I paint with chalk? We developed an inexpensive mural that we love, and hopefully, the baby will too!
Step 1: Step 1: Materials
Krylon Matte Finishing Spray (I would recommend the Low Odor version instead though. This had a very strong odor, and I had to have my husband spray it outside.)
Step 2: Step 2: Painting the Canvas
After everything is all dry you should prime each canvas for chalk by taking a white piece of chalk and using the side to lightly rub down the entire surface. Then erase it with a damp rag. This will help your chalk better stick to your canvas later.
Step 3: Step 3: Drawing
Step 4: Step 4: Applying the Chalk-Planet
Next, pick out the color scheme of chalk that you would like to use (I recommend picking 4 to 5 different colors so that your mural does not become too overwhelming). I then started coloring. Be sure to make your lines curved on your planet and your rings in order to create the 3-D affect. Another trick to creating a 3-D effect, is to fade your rings as they become further away. The rings in the front should have crisp clear lines, and the rings that are further up on your canvas should be smudged together.
Step 5: Step 5: Applying the Chalk-Stars
For the stars, I used two different techniques. The first technique involves drawing a circle on your canvas about 1/2 in diameter. Then, take your finger and pull the chalk out to create a illumination affect. The second technique involves drawing a circle about 1/2 inch in diameter and then draw radiating lines out from the circle (alternating between long and short lines) beside one another. Then, take your finger and carefully smudge each line.
Note: Remember, this is chalk so you can erase any mistakes with a damp rag making sure that you allow the surface to completely dry before you start again :-)!