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Solar System Chalk Mural

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       This is my first instuctable so please be kind. We recently found out that we are going to have our second son in October (yes, our children are 13 months apart....we are crazy!). It came time again to drag out the craft stuff and start the brainstorming process. I kinda already blew my load on the last nursery with an under the sea theme. It turned out great but having two sisters and no brothers, it left my cool boy room know-how a little lacking. My husband, being the geek that he is, wanted it to " Go where no man had gone before." JEEZ... So space it became. 

        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! 
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Materials

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3 24"x36" Stretched Canvas
Chalkboard Paint
Paint Brush
Sidewalk Chalk
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

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Paint the entire canvas, including the sides, with the chalkboard paint.  Let the 1st coat of paint dry completely, and then apply 2 more coats following the same procedure.

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

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I drew the planet on the canvas by using a homemade compass (a pencil and thread).  I then freehanded the rings around the planet.
That is beautiful! What a great idea; very bright and fun!
I love it!
papercakes1 year ago
very cute! love the chalk mural idea, too.
Congratulations on your first Instructable! You should mention it on the Rewards for New Authors page!
l8nite1 year ago
that turned out AWESOME ! As many mediums as I work in, I've never thought about using chalkboard paint on prehung canvas..BRILLIANT!
dirtysnake1012 (author)  l8nite1 year ago
Thanks for the comment!!!
l8nite1 year ago
that turned out AWESOME ! As many mediums as I work in, I've never thought about using chalkboard paint on prehung canvas..BRILLIANT!