If you ask any crafts lover today what’s one of their favorite media they may have a surprisingly similar answer. It’s not some fancy faux finish, crocheting needles, and thread, or clay.
Here’s a hint. It may remind you of your school years. It is one of the most versatile paints ever developed. It is chalkboard paint. Through the magnificent properties of this paint, we are now able to paint messages, designs, and give a fine new finish to everything from burlap to even the refrigerator. At first, the big challenge is to remember that it is able to paint on nearly any surface.
Writing On The Wall
While you may have been taught to never write on the walls, we are in a brand new world where writing on the walls with chalkboard paint is a welcoming form of self-expression for kids. It’s their room, after all, and many parents are using that as a way to let loose their kids’ artistic talents.
Many are also still looking at the benefits of chalkboard paint in other places, such as the kitchen. It’s much easier than trying to keep a cork board in place on the wall. Instead, paint the chalk paint directly onto the wall, a door, or even the refrigerator. Of course, some people find it more practical to simply get a chalkboard, and that’s cool too. In any case, this is a great way to keep notes without having slips of paper falling all over the floor.
Using Chalkboard Paint On Glass
Now, the paint is excellent, and there is no doubt about that. Though, there are definitely some nuances, qualities, and characteristics that you need to familiarize yourself with in order to get it to work the way you intend. Take the surface type or material to be painted on into account.
Here we are focusing on how to paint on glass. The main reason is, why not? Artists who learn how to paint on multiple surface types are able to make full use of their imagination as they understand both the features and the limits of the material they are attempting to decorate.
Choose Glass-Specific Chalkboard Paint
Basically, they all differ in their features. That is probably the number one misconception among all new chalkboard artists. Rightfully, they would assume that one paint brand and formula is exactly the same as another.
As it turns out, not every type of paint is suited to work on glass, for instance. In particular, this is where you have to play super sleuth and read the labels on the paint. It should specify that the particular paint formula is suited to use on glass.
From there, decide on the color that you like. The best option for glass will be the spray paint. It spreads evenly, which is a key to getting the right finish for a chalkboard. After all, you will be writing on it, so it needs to be smooth enough.
Preparing The Glass
Before spraying the paint onto the surface, clean the glass with alcohol. It eradicates dust. To dry the surface, use the paper bag or piece of paper, not a cloth. Next, rub the glass evenly with steel wool or sandpaper to create a smooth surface. Then, clean the surface again with rubbing alcohol. Adhere paint tape to mark the border where you do not want the paint to go.
Several Coats Will Do The Job
To create an ample chalkboard it takes several layers of the special paint. Start the process by applying a thin coat of the paint. Then, allow it to fully dry. At that point, go ahead and apply the second coat. The second coat will also be a thin layer. You may apply 3 or even 4 coats of thinly applied paint to the board.
Let It Dry Before Touching It
It can be very difficult to hold back and not touch the surface. It is just human nature. The key here is to have patience and definitely, wait until the surface has completely dried. Allow 36 hours for the surface to dry. Yes, it takes that long, and it will be well worth it.
The Fun Part: Write!
Hopefully, you have stocked up on authentic chalk because now comes the big test. Finally, after so much effort and patience, it is time to start writing on your chalkboard. See how it looks, and how the surface responds when you wipe off the chalk writing. You can simply use a cloth or a duster to wipe the chalk off. The fun begins now that you have tested the chalkboard. Enjoy!