Spray Chalk – Where to Buy and How to Make

Spray chalk is a great way to create art or to have fun outdoors. It can be homemade or bought as chalk spray paint. Below, we show you several brands of ready-made chalk paint spray and also a way to make your own at home.

Spray Chalk Paint

Chalk paint spray can be used in many ways. It can help mark a garden, outline a temporary sports field, or create a work of art. This spray marking chalk is great for outdoor marking:

Spray Chalk Marking
Marking Chalk Spray

Marking Spray Chalk

There is also an optional attachment that helps with marking:

Hand Held Applicator for Spray Chalk
Chalk Spray Applicator
Hand Held Applicator
Hand Held Applicator for Spray Chalk

This particular chalk spray offers a variety of colors that can be used for outdoor activities or for artwork:

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Chalk Spray for Artists and Outdoor Activities

There is also this chalk spray that makes surfaces able to be used as a black board.

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Chalkboard Spray

How To Make Homemade Spray Chalk

Homemade chalk spray is relatively easy to make,  is washable and safe to use. You will need the following materials:

Spray Bottles
Corn Starch
Baking Soda
Food coloring, tempura paint or washable watercolors
Stirring stick or butter knife
Optional: squirt bottles


1. Fill the spray (squirt) bottles a third of the way with a mixture of corn start and baking soda with equal parts of each.
2. Add coloring (food coloring, tempura paint or washable color). You can add a few drops at first and then add more if you desire a deeper color.
3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with warm water.
4. Use a stirring stick or butter knife to stir the mixture well.
5. Place the spray spouts on the bottles and shake well as the corn starch tends to settle at the bottom

Other variations: Use ½ cup of water and ½ cup of cornstarch with powdered tempura paint.

Hint: Using spray bottles makes the mixture last longer than using squirt bottles.

Keep in mind that clogged bottles may mean that the inner tubing is touching the bottom. Cut a small piece off the tubing to fix this. If you would like to purchase materials online, click on the blue highlighted items on the list above. Have fun!

Fun With Colored Chalk

Chalk is a great material not only for school, but also for art and activities. In this post, we’ll discuss how colored chalk is made, one way to make it at home, and some of the brands we recommend.

What is Colored Chalk?

Colored chalk has the same ingredients as white chalk (calcium carbonate) but before the water is added, the manufacturer adds pigment and then cures and bakes the chalk sticks.  he primary source of chalk in the USA is limestone. Pastels chalk, however, is made with calcium sulfate instead of calcium carbonate. For more information on chalk pastels, visit our article Chalk Pastels.

Colored Chalk
Colored Chalk

How to Make Colored Chalk

Making chalk with colors is fun and not that difficult. This method uses just 3 ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

You will use 2 parts water for 3 parts plaster. The amount will vary based on the size of the molds you use. Below are steps when using a smaller mold.

  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp of plaster.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of tempura powder paint per color (6-8 drops of food coloring).
  • Mix well. You can add drops of water if the mix is dry.
  • Put in mold of choice (silicone works well).
  • To fill in any gaps in the mold, leave about 1/8 inch free at the top, and and add a final layer of watery mix. You can achieve this by adding water to the mix. This will fill in any gaps in the mold.
  • Allow to dry for a minimum of 12 hours.

Recommended Brands

If you are looking to purchase colored chalk, we recommend the following. To purchase or find out more information, you can click the name or photo.

1. Crayola Colored Chalk and Crayola Sidewalk Chalk

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Crayola Chalk


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Crayola Sidewalk Chalk

2. Cra-Z-art Colored Chalk:


  • Can be used both indoors and outdoors
  • Non-toxic
  • Superior quality
  • 16 assorted colors 

4. Rikagaku Dustless Color Chalk:

dustless color chalk

4. S & S Giant Box of Sidewalk Chalk

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“Giant” Box of Sidewalk Chalk – 126 Count


Whether you are having fun outside or creating a work of art, colored chalk can be a great way to express creativity, and of course, it’s washable! For more choices and styles, please visit this page. Thank you for visiting our site. If you have any questions or comments, be sure to write us at our contact page.

Chalk-Finish Paint Colors

Chalk-finish paint colors are as varied as the rainbow. In this post, we discuss the different types of chalk-finish paints, a great ready-made chalk-finish paint that comes in several colors, and how to make homemade chalk-finish paint.

Types of Chalk-Finish Paint

There are several paints that are often called “chalk” paint. One of these is spray chalk. This type of paint can either be in aerosol or liquid form, and as the name implies, it is applied using a spray bottle or aerosol can. It can also be homemade or store bought.  These tend to be either white or grey in color. For more details on spray chalk, visit our article Spray Chalk — Where to Buy and How to Make?.

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Chalkboard Paint

Another type of spray chalk is one that creates a chalkboard layer on surfaces. This chalk paint will allow for regular chalk to be used and functions as a traditional chalkboard would. It comes in both liquid and aerosol versions. In addition to the traditional black, this paint is sold in several colors as well. Visit this page to find out more details about colored chalkboard paint.

Chalk-Finish Paint

Chalk-finish paint is most often used to give wood and furniture a specific matte look. Because of this, it is very popular among furniture enthusiasts and artists. What makes chalk paint unique is not only the matte look,  but also the distressed look when sanded. Here is a very good chalk-finish paint:

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Chalk Finish Paint
Dresser With Chalk Paint
Dresser with Chalk Finish Paint

This particular brand has the following features:

  • One coat for the weathered wood look.  2 to 3 coats for a solid color.
  • High quality, non-toxic, no VOCs. A porous paint specifically designed for furniture painting.
  • Restore furniture to achieve multiple looks, such as Shabby Chic, Restoration and Classic Vintage Pieces. Can be used on multiple surfaces…wood, metal, glass, fabric, etc…
  • Made with real chalk, no sanding or priming necessary
  • Comes in 22 colors as of this post

You can find out more information or purchase it here.

DIY Chalk-Finish Paint

Although chalk finish paint can be purchased as such, you may want to make your own, particularly if you are looking for a specific color. With the method below, you can use any color of flat latex paint to achieve the desired results. The ingredients are flat latex paint, plaster of paris and water. Plaster of paris can be purchased online or at any hardware or craft store. You can sand the piece after painting for a classy distressed look.

How to Make Chalk-Finish Paint

For this method, you will need 3 parts plaster of paris to one part flat latex paint. You will also need water to mix and smoothen the consistency. The amount of water will depend on how thick you want the paint to be. You can start with 1/16 of a cup and add as needed.

Here are the instructions:

  • Mix the water and plaster of paris first.
  • Add the paint and continue mixing, making sure there are no lumps.
  • Apply to wood with brush or roller of choice. The type of brush or roller used will affect the finish. Rollers tend to produce smoother finishes than brushes.

Whether it’s an antique or a neglected piece, chalk-finish paint gives furniture a fresh look and new life. There are limitless colors and several finishes to choose from, so the possibilities are endless!

Chalk Pastels

Chalk pastels, sometimes called pastels chalk,  are an excellent choice for art work. They are easy to use and mistakes can be easily removed. Art chalk pastels are versatile and can be used to produce a variety of textures and colors.

Types of Chalk Pastels

White Chalk
White Chalk

Natural chalk is produced by underwater organisms and is mostly white, though at times can be grayish or red depending on the mineral deposits. Today, synthetic materials can mimic the properties of chalk. Chalk, whether natural or synthetic, is an important ingredient in hard and soft pastels.

Soft Pastels Chalk
Soft Pastels Chalk

Soft chalk pastels also contain water, pigment and a smaller amount of artificial binder or chalk. As the name implies, these pastels are soft and malleable and create a smooth, smudgy lines on a canvas. They don’t mix on a palette, so it is recommended that an artist have many shades available. However, soft pastels blend when on the paper or canvas.

Chalk Pastels
Hard Chalk Pastels

Hard pastels sticks are chalk, water and pigment put together. Colors are washed out due to the white chalk and become pale. When used in art paper, these pastels create sharp lines. They can’t hold a point like a pencil, though. Art made with hard pastels look like charcoal or soft pencil work in look and consistency. Hard pastels work well when drawing details.

Pencil Pastel, Pastel Pencils
Pastels Pencils

Pastel pencils use chalk-based pastel in their core instead of lead as regular pencils. Because of this, they can be sharpened with a standard pencil sharpener. They work well when drawing fine lines.

Oil pastels attempt to achieve the look and texture of oil paints rather than the dry look of chalk. They use liquid binders like waxes and oils to hold pigment in the form of a stick. Because of their consistency, they can be mixed in canvas or palette much like regular paints. The color they produce is usually more vibrant thank soft or hard pastels.